Bodour Al Qasimi urges cross border collaborations to propel publishing industry into the future

At Thessaloniki Book Fair, President of the International Publishers Association calls on publishers to upskill and reskill; cites role of translation in building bridges between cultures

Sharjah, November 30, 2021

Bodour Al Qasimi, President of the International Publishers Association (IPA), has urged publishers, technology suppliers and other stakeholders in the book publishing supply chain to forge deeper ties to drive innovation and address the emerging challenges as content moves across different platforms and new business models evolve.

Speaking at the opening ceremony of the Thessaloniki Book Fair in Greece, Al Qasimi said that increased collaboration and more purposeful diverse dialogue would create a robust industry enabling publishers to actively embrace disruptions. The newly launched International Sustainable Publishing and Industry Resilience (InSPIRe) Charter will enhance greater cohesion amongst publishers and play a pivotal role in identifying the existing gaps and opportunities, Al Qasimi confirmed.

The IPA is committed to building a publishing industry fit for the future which envisages forging deep connections with readers and understanding how they consume content and will extend support to all publishers and markets struggling to adapt to the fast pace of change, added Al Qasimi.

The publishing industry which plants the seeds of ideas affects everyone and everything, everywhere, stated the IPA President, adding that the success of a single publisher equals the success of all publishers. To support all members of the publishing fraternity and to bridge the digitisation gap, she announced that the upcoming IPA Academy – a centralised global training resource, would upskill and drive digital transformations across the sector through multilingual masterclasses.

In her keynote address at the fair’s Professional Publishers Program, the IPA President commended its focus on translations which, she said, can play a key role in boosting global collaboration between publishers and within the larger publishing ecosystem.

Translation is a dynamic door opener, not just for business as professional publishers, but also for readers who are continuously seeking greater original content, said Bodour Al Qasimi, reinforcing IPA’s commitment to support translation endeavours as publishers look for new pathways to build up their resilience and continue to deliver books to readers.

On the sidelines of the Thessaloniki Book Fair, Bodour Al Qasimi also met with members of the Association of Greek Publishers and Booksellers, to share views and ideas about current publishing industry trends and discuss opportunities to work together to shape the future of book publishing.

The IPA president’s meeting with Association of Greek Publishers and Booksellers follows a series of meetings she has held this year with publishers’ associations in UAE, Spain, Saudi Arabia, Russia, Turkey, Egypt, Kenya, Ivory Coast, Ghana, and Georgia.


– Bodour Al Qasimi, President of the International Publishers Association (IPA), during her speech at the opening ceremony of the Thessaloniki Book Fair in Greece.