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The World Intellectual Property Organisation’s Publishers Circles initiative has had a successful first trial in Korea with a second round of the performance coaching programme to take place before the end of 2019.

Grantees for the Africa Publishing Innovation Fund on stage in Sharjah

Five innovative African projects have each won a $20,000 grant, while a library restoration initiative is to receive $50,000,and $20,000 will be allocated to Rural library restoration from the Africa Publishing Innovation Fund created by the International Publishers Association and development organization Dubai Cares for activities to promote literacy, book access, indigenous languages, and library restoration in Africa. 

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The trade war between the US and China risks severely impacting the publishing industry, with the Association of American Publishers (AAP) expressing its concern and consulting members to understand the scale of the potential impact of further tariffs.

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At the end of June 2019, IPA’s USA member, the Association of American Publishers, filed comments with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) as part of the Commission’s hearings on Competition and Consumer Protection in the 21st Century.

Sri Lanka Book Publishing Association with Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith

A delegation of the Sri Lanka Book Publishers Association (SLBPA) met Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith, Archbishop of Colombo on May 16, 2019 and donated Rs 450,000 to assist poor students affected by the bomb blasts in the 3 churches on April 21. The Publishers Association also offered scholarships with a monthly stipend to 6 students until they graduate from University.

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