On 14 June 2012 the 29th IPA Congress ended with a celebration of freedom of expression by the 2012 IPA Freedom to Publish Prize winner Jonathan Shapiro.
Congress resolutions, the traditional formal summary demands, concluded the event. For the first time, the IPA Congress was held on the African continent. Its general theme was "Publishing for a New Era". With the opportunities and challenges of digital publishing, the slow recovery from the current economic recession, threats of state publishing and raging debates on copyright law and intellectual property rights, delegates had much to talk about and share information on. The programme covered topics presented by leaders in their field, notably the Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Francis Gurry, world famous novelist and theorist Ngugi wa Thiong'o, US Register of Copyrights Maria Pallante, or the CEOs of HarperCollins, Kodansha, Japan's largest publishing house, and The Penguin Group. Let us next meet in Bangkok on 25-27 March 2014 for the 30th IPA Congress.