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Copyright, IP laws part of discussions as IPA members gather in Lagos



  • International Publishers Association lead other stakeholders to seminar
  • Nigerian Publishers Association announces details  

Some of the most prominent and influential figures from the world of publishing will be attending the International Publishers Association (IPA) seminar in Lagos on May 9th to discuss the major challenges and opportunities that could dictate the future of the industry across Africa.

The seminar.  according to available information to, will be structured around the theme ‘Publishing for Sustainable Development: The Role of Publishers in Africa’, and will consist of six panel discussions to be held on the side lines of the Nigeria International Book Fair.

Topics of discussion include: the publishing industry’s socio-economic contribution to Africa; strengthening African educational publishing; bringing the voice of African writers and publishers to the world; the role of technology in overcoming illiteracy and promoting reading; addressing freedom to publish challenges in Africa; and enhancing enforcement of copyright and IP laws.

The President of the IPA, Dr. Michiel Kolman, said: “This seminar reflects the importance of the African publishing industry and its potential in terms of both cultural and economic progress. The topics up for discussion not only highlight the challenges being faced; they also explore a diverse set of possible solutions.”

He concluded: “While every nation is different and each market unique, there are still many common goals for publishers across the African continent and this gathering of such distinguished and accomplished guests will certainly help to establish those and move forward in both ambition and action.”

Highlighting the global importance of the seminar, international panelists will meet in Lagos from across the continent and beyond, representing many of the IPA’s 76 members from 65 countries.

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In addition to Dr Kolman, the seminar will host Gbadega Adedepo, President of the Nigerian Publishers Association; Brian Wafawarowa, President of the Publishers Association of South Africa; Elliot Agyare, President of the Ghana Book Publishers Association; Kristenn Einarsson, MD of the Norwegian Publishers Association; and José Borghino, Secretary General of the IPA. Bodour Al Qasimi, President of the Emirates Publishers Association will deliver the closing speech.

Also, the President of the Nigerian Publishers Association, Gbadega Adedapo, said: “This event is extremely important for the International Publishers Association, the African publishing industry, and Nigeria in particular. Not since the 29th International Publishers Association Congress, held in 2012, has there been a more important international event that focuses on the significant progress the African publishing industry is making.”

He added: “Publishing, literacy, and access to books are prerequisites for success in life and the development of our countries and continent. We must always remember that strong publishing industries and national cultures of reading are the foundations for socio-economic development and are critical for participation in most areas of life.”

The Nigerian Publishers Association (NPA) is the only collective voice of publishers in the nation. It has been in existence since 1965 and is a rallying point for all books, journals, and electronic publishers in the country.

The association provides a forum through which publishers come together and deliberate on various issues affecting the book and publishing industry.


It is at the NPA that policies are made to create an enabling environment and secure favorable trade terms both within Nigeria and overseas.

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The IPA Seminar will be held in collaboration with sponsors and partners including the Emirates Publishers Association; Sharjah Publishing City; Emaar Properties PJSC; the London Book Fair; National Aviation Services; the American Association of Publishers; the Norwegian Publishers Association; and the Frankfurt Book Fair.

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