A crucial part of IPA's mission is to inform member associations and the wider global publishing community about breaking developments which will impact publishers. We do this through a number of channels. the IPA website, our monthly e-newsletter, press releases and the IPA's dedicated social media feeds.

With a focus on the sustainable development of publishing in Africa, the IPA held its first ever African Regional Seminar in Lagos, Nigeria on 9 May. With speakers and guests from across the continent, the seminar was a huge success. 

180 delegates came to the seminar which was opened by Gbadega Adedapo, President of the Nigerian Publishers Association and member of the IPA’s Executive Committee. He encouraged the industry to shout louder about its value, estimating its annual turnover at around one billion US dollars. He called on participants to use the seminar to come up with a Lagos Action Plan 2018 to help carry the African publishing industry forward.

IPA President, Dr Michiel Kolman, used his opening remarks to underline the connected nature of the publishing industry in a globalised world, telling the audience ‘almost none of our challenges exist in isolation. We can all learn from each other. The challenges faced in Nigeria today may be those faced somewhere else tomorrow. And the solutions of one government may inspire another.’ He also warned against African governments being used as proxies in big tech companies’ efforts to undermine copyright.

The seminar then moved on to 6 panels covering the following topics:

  1. Publishing in the 21st Century: the Socio-economic Contribution of the Publishing Industry in Africa;
  2. Strengthening Educational Publishing in Africa;
  3. Bringing the Voice of African Writers, Publishers and Content Creators to the World;
  4. The Role of Technology in Overcoming Illiteracy and Promoting a Reading Culture;
  5. Addressing Freedom to Publish Challenges in Africa;
  6. Enhancing Enforcement of Copyright and Intellectual Property (IP) Laws.

IPA was delighted to welcome 2007 Prix Voltaire recipient, Trevor Ncube to the panel on freedom to publish, which also featured Kristenn Einarsson, Chair of the IPA Freedom to Publish Committee. The Zimbabwean publisher said the award had protected him and raised his profile, giving him a platform to voice his views in a way that governments took notice.

IPA President, Dr Michiel Kolman

President of the Emirates Publishers Association and member of the IPA’s Executive Committee, Sheikha Bodour Al Qasimi, drew proceedings to a close by underlining the importance of strong local publishing industries both culturally and economically. She also announced that the Kenyan Publishers Association had offered to host the next IPA seminar for sustainable development of Africa next year in Nairobi.

You can get a feel for the atmosphere of the seminar in the report of the event here as well as the press statement from before and after the event.

Photos of the event are available here.

Submit to FacebookSubmit to TwitterSubmit to LinkedIn


Gvantsa Jobava
25 June 2021
Book policy
Publishing industry
On 16 June during Bologna Children's Book Fair, Aldus Up, the European book fairs network co-founded in the framework of the Creative Europe programme and coordinated by the Italian Publishers Association (AIE) published two studies on existing surve...
Hugo Setzer
07 June 2021
Publishing industry
We may indeed regard the Berne Convention as one of the great charters of literary liberty; it has directly and powerfully influenced all legislation touching copyright matters which has been achieved since it came into force.  John Murray, IPA ...
James Taylor
04 June 2021
Publishing industry
The SDG Book Club was an idea formed through a unique collaboration between the IPA and the United  Nations and involved the full spectrum of the book chain. The idea was simple; to use books as tool to encourage children aged between 6-12 to un...
27 May 2021
Book policy
Publishing industry
Can publishers help build the creative industries in Europe?  As we reach the mid-point in 2021, in Europe we are starting to see the first glimpses of a return to normal life. While there is cautious optimism, we are also starting to see the fi...
Gvantsa Jobava
15 April 2021
Book policy
Publishing industry
After two years of being the Executive committee member at the International Publishers Association, I was thrilled to accept the invitation of the chair of IPA’s Inclusive Publishing and Literacy Committee, Michiel Kolman, to lead the committee’s li...
Michiel Kolman
10 March 2021
Publishing industry
Diversity and Inclusion
As Chair of the IPA's Inclusive Publishing and Literacy Committee I was delighted to have the opportunity to speak to Peter Dowling, the Immediate Past President of the Publishers Association of New Zealand about their efforts to make their industry ...
Hugo Setzer
05 March 2021
Book policy
Publishing industry
Available in Portuguese, Turkish and Spanish.For the last four years, as Vice-President and then President of the International Publishers Association, I promoted accessible publishing around the world, talking with key stakeholders of the book indus...

Press Releases campaign 2020


Press Releases campaign 2019


Press Releases campaign 2018


Newsletters campaigns 2021


Newsletters campaigns 2019


Newsletters campaigns 2020


Newsletters campaigns 2018


International Publishers Association

23, avenue de France
1202 Geneva, Switzerland
+41 22 704 18 20

Subscribe to our newsletter