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Bodour Al Qasimi calls on an innovative approach for future publishing

Bodour Al Qasimi, President of the International Publishers Association, explained that collaborative working methods will be particularly important in the future so that publishers can remain adaptable and agile in the face of adversity in the future. Since the publishing industry faces increasing external pressures resulting from rapid technological advancement, economic restructuring, supply chain disruptions, and inflation – all of which can cause sudden changes in market and consumer behavior – the publishing industry is increasingly vulnerable to external pressures.

This came in her speech at the opening ceremony of the 33rd International Publishers Congress, which was held in the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, with the participation of 666 publishers from 63 countries, which was an opportunity for discussion of the key themes that will affect the future of publishing, and its sustainable growth.

Bodour spoke candidly on the innovative and interconnected approaches that will be required to meet the challenges of working in publishing in this era of fast-paced and unpredictable change.

After two-days of though-provoking agenda, it fell to Bodour to close the Congress for another session and in her closing remarks, she welcomed incoming IPA President Karine Pansa and new Vice President Gvantsa Jobava to their roles, wishing them the best of luck as they continue the incredibly challenging and rewarding work of the IPA in ensuring a sustainable future for the publishing industry. 

She finally expressed her thanks to the delegates in attendance and the wider international publishing community for the honour of being their president and for their support, generosity, and hospitality during her tenure.

in the lead-up to the congress the city of Jakarta also played host to the Indonesian Book Fair and many publishers took the opportunity to network at this vibrant event which has so much importance to the local and regional publishing economy. While attending the opening of the fair, Bodour noted the rich and joyful connection books had with the children in attendance and encouraged Indonesian publishers to maximise their opportunities to learn and grow through IPA Programs.