EPA explores ways to bring Brazilian, UAE publishing markets closer

SHARJAH, 1st August, 2018 (WAM) — Established in Sharjah a decade ago, the Emirates Publishers Association, EPA, has been taking the lead in representing the interests of UAE’s publishers, offering a great boost to the country’s fast-growing publishing industry.

In continuation of its efforts to bring the global community of publishers together and open new avenues for networking and exchange, the EPA will be establishing a presence at the upcoming Sao Paulo International Book Fair with a rich programme of events, from 3rd-12th August.

EPA’s participation at the 25th Sao Paulo book fair is part of Sharjah’s cultural programme to celebrate its selection as the first-ever guest of honour at one South America’s largest and most important publishing events.

The Association will participate in a B2B matchmaking and networking programme that will bring together participating Emirati publishers with 30 Brazilian and 20+ Latin American publishers, and offer them all a platform to meet and look into the buying and selling of copy and translations rights.

Nine of EPA’s members, namely Mohammed bin Dakheen from Imagination for Publishing and Distribution; Abdullah Al Kaabi from Dragon for Publishing and Distribution; Khalid Al Ali from the Book Gate; Dr. Alyazia Khalifa, Founder of Al Fulk Translation and Publishing; and Tamer Said, Managing Director of Kalimat Group, Iman Bin Chaibah, Founder of Sail Publishing House, Salha Ghabish, Founder of Sadeeqat Publishing House, Talal Salem, Jumeirah Publishing House, and Dr. Fatima Al Breiki, Founder of Sama Publishing & Production & Destribution will be in attendance.

Rashid Al Kous, Executive Director of EPA, said, “We see our participation as a great big opportunity to introduce Brazil to the UAE’s publishing practices and future aspirations, with a focus on the role Latin America can play to develop it. EPA’s programme will highlight these aspects and also focus on the great attention given by Sharjah’s wise leadership the UAE’s book industry and its keenness to strengthen cultural exchange between the two countries.”

He added, “The Sao Paulo International Book Fair is one of the most important and largest book fairs in South America. It is one of the leading hubs to catch the pulse of the Spanish and Portuguese publishing markets in particular, as well as the global market. We believe our presence will result in a strong understanding of the ways Brazil and the UAE can support each other to increase the flow of books and culture between us.”

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