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Note of Welcome

Dear Colleagues

Registration is now open for the 29th Congress of the International Publishers Association (IPA). It is a privilege to invite you to Cape Town, South Africa, for this Congress with the theme, “Publishing for a New Era”. It takes place from 12th - 14th June 2012 in the week preceding the 6th Cape Town Book Fair. With the opportunities for and challenges of digital publishing; the slow recovery from the current economic recession; threats of state publishing and raging debates on copyright law and intellectual property rights, delegates will have much to talk about and share information on. It will be an engrossing time for the global industry to ponder over its future and formulate new strategies to take on opportunities and challenges. he program for this Congress is already at an advanced stage and will consist of Plenary as well as Parallel Breakaway sessions covering topics such as Publishing & Public Policy; E-Books; New Media Strategies; International Trade Issues – Publishing Across Borders and Digital Migration in Educational Publishing, all presented by leaders in their field. Please see the programme for more details. In addition to the informative and stimulating congress programme, the social activities will promote lasting friendships and pre- and post-congress tours will give you the opportunity to explore this exciting region. When you visit Cape Town, South Africa, we would encourage you not to miss the wonderful tourist attractions of the city. A visit to Robben Island, Cape Point and Table Mountain, is a must for all.


So, do book the dates 12th - 14th June 2012 in your diary. In addition to the great congress programme and attraction of Cape Town as one of the top tourist and cultural destinations of the world, delegates will also have an opportunity to participate in what has, in a mere five years, become a premier book fair in Africa. South Africa has the most vibrant and successful publishing industry in Sub-Saharan Africa. Since the advent of democracy, the industry has experienced phenomenal growth with new publishers and authors bursting onto the publishing scene. With a population of almost 50 million people; a wonderful track record in freedom of expression; a growing middle class and growing literacy levels, the South African book sector is poised to grow bigger in the next few years. With close to 70% of all sold books in English being imports from the English speaking world, South Africa has a big appetite for foreign books.


Local book production has been growing significantly since the advent of democracy. This makes South Africa alive with opportunities for rights acquisitions and sales. It also offers great opportunities for distribution arrangements. As the hosting publishers associations, we are working hard to make this an inclusive, diverse and memorable African event by mobilizing the local and African book sector to participate fully in this prestigious event. Delegates will certainly be able to interact with their African and international colleagues at the 29th IPA Congress. We look forward to welcoming you in Cape Town, a city that is fast becoming Africa’s book capital. A Super Early Bird discounted rate has been made available for a limited period only – take advantage of it: register now. To all IPA members – this is your congress. Be part of it!

 brian jen

Brian Wafawarowa
Executive Director
Publishers’ Association of South Africa (PASA)

Jens Bammel
Secretary General
International Publishers Association (IPA)