Cuba to Host Meeting of the Ibero-american Publishers Group

Montevideo, Dec 31 (Prensa Latina) Cuba will host the upcoming February 12 an extraordinary meeting of the Ibero-American Publishers Group (GIE, in Spanish), which will analyze among its key issues the lack of free circulation of books in Latin America.

At the meeting last December in Guadalajara, Mexico, Havana was elected unanimously by the group of 24 countries, which combines forces of all Chambers, Federations and Associations of Latin American Book, said in an interview with Prensa Latina, Boris Faingola, president of the GIE.

It meant that this was a historic moment because Cuba had a hard time entering the Ibero-American Group of Publishers, after being observer for many years and then became a full member.

At that meeting, he said, the Caribbean island acquired all rights’ both to vote as to be elected.”

The also director of the Uruguayan Book Chamber stressed that the appointment of Havana will have an open agenda but with very clear proposals because “2016 will be important for the Group as we will have elections in December and will define the timetable of meetings’, among other topics.

He stressed that the issues will include the lack of free movement of books in Latin America, where intermediation costs are very high.

Asked about the importance of holding the meeting in the middle of the International Book Fair (FIL), whose guest of honor is Uruguay, Faingola noted that this kind of meetings are always organized at the beginning of these events to give attendees the opportunity to meet their own agenda.

GIE’s president noted that the 25th Edition of FIL will open on February 11 at 18:00 local time and on 12 at 10 am ‘the group meets at the exhibition center of La Cabaña, with the attendance of Cuban and Uruguayan government officials’.

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