With Its 34th Congress Ahead, IPA’s Reach Expands to 81 Countries

In Feature Articles by Porter Anderson

The 34th International Publishers Congress will be held in Guadalajara in December 2024, the IPA announces in its general assembly.

In Jalisco’s Guadalajara, site of the 2024 International Publishers Congress, the 34th of the International Publishers Association’s world summits. Image – Getty iStockphoto: Elijah Lovkoff

By Porter Anderson, Editor-in-Chief | @Porter_Anderson

A Growing Membership and a 2024 Congress
In its digital general assembly meeting this morning (November 21), the International Publishers Association (IPA) has announced nine new member-associations of provisional or patron status, bringing its reach, as it moves into 2024, to a total 101 associations in 81 world publishing markets. That represents marked gains from the current 92 member-associations in 76 countries.

The organization’s secretariat, seated in Geneva, also announced several changes in committee membership and preliminary details of the coming 34th International Publishers Congress.

A large cohort of IPA members were on the video conference for the meeting led by IPA president Karine Pansa and secretary-general José Borghino.

New IPA Member-Associations

As of January 1, these associations will be added as provisional members of the IPA:

  • Bangladesh Publishers & Booksellers Association
  • Bulgarian Book Association
  • Cámara Costarricense del Libro
  • Book Publishers Association of Malawi
  • Book Development Association of the Philippines
  • Publishers Association of Tanzania
  • Cámara Uruguaya del Libro

And joining as patron members as of January 1:

  • Bologna Children’s Book Fair
  • Philippine Book Publishing Development Federation

Karine Pansa

Commenting on applications for membership to the world’s largest federation of national, regional, and specialist publishers’ associations, Pansa of São Paulo said, “It’s wonderful to see so many publishers associations applying for IPA membership and recognizing the value that IPA brings to the international publishing community.

“Congratulations to all of them for their successful applications. We can’t wait to start working together.”

The IPA’s 34th International Publishers Congress

A presentation was made by Mexico’s CANIEM president and IPA past-president Hugo Setzer with vice-president Gvantsa Jobava about the 2024 International Publishers Congress, the 34th of these biennial summits, this one to be held in Guadalajara next year, December 3 to 6.

The program is being produced with the IPA by the Cámara Nacional de la Industria Editorial Mexicana (CANIEM) led by Setzer with the Association of American Publishers (AAP) led by Maria A. Pallante, who joined the general assembly meeting this morning.

More details of the congress are to be presented during the coming 37th edition of the Guadalajara International Book Fair, which opens on Saturday (November 25) to run to December 3. CANIEM and the IPA’s leadership will be participating in elements of the Guadalajara 2023 show next week, as will the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). Setzer is also the author of the IPA’s 125-anniversary book.

The IPA congress, then, will be held during the 38th Feria Internacional del Libro de Guadalajaragiving congress-goers a chance to attend the FIL Guadalajara while in Mexico.

Committee Seat Elections

Borghino talked the general assembly through a series of election results which create new assignments in three of the IPA’s standing committees.

For the organization’s executive committee, Borghino announced, Carlo Michele Olivero (Italy) succeeds Giovanni Hoepli for the statutory seat held by the AIE. Iroo Joo (Korea) was appointed for a second three-year term for the statutory seat held by the Korean Publishers Association.

Successful candidates for the five open director seats are:

  • Kathy Bail (Australia, re-elected)
  • Roberto Banchik (Mexico, re-elected)
  • Kenan Kocatürk (Türkiye, re-elected)
  • Ahmed Rashad (new member, Egypt)
  • Pedro Sobral (Portugal, re-elected)

Successful candidates for the four open seats on the Freedom to Publish committee are:

The general assembly also accepted Jaeho Kang (Korea) as a replacement for Myung-hwan Kim (Korea).

And successful candidates for the five open seats on the membership committee are:

  • Catherine Blache (France, re-elected)
  • Dante Cid (Brazil, re-elected)
  • Giovanni Hoepli (Italy, re-elected)
  • Ramesh Mittal (India)
  • Maxwell Wahome (Kenya, re-elected)

José Borghino

The members of our committees are what makes IPA tick,” Borghino said.

‘We’re so grateful to all of them for the time they dedicate to supporting global publishing.

“My congratulations to all those who have been re-elected and particularly to Ahmed Rashad, Yoshiaki Yoshino, Jaeho Kang, and Ramesh Mittal who will be new members of the executive, Freedom to Publish and membership committees respectively.”

Trasvin Jittidecharak

The general assembly also recognized some long-standing contributors to IPA’s work, who are stepping down in this cycle.

  • Thailand’s Trasvin Jittidecharak—whose input was particularly insightful and moving in a special discussion at Frankfurter Buchmesse on the pressure under which many publishers are working today—did not seek re-election to the Freedom to Publish committee. She has been involved in this work, under the auspices of which the IPA Prix Voltaire is produced, since 2008.
  • Korea’s Myunghwan Kim also stepped down from the Freedom to Publish committee ending his five-year commitment to its work.
  • Italy’s Giovanni Hoepli’s second term on the executive committee came to an end although he’ll remain a member of the membership committee
  • Germany’s Joachim Kaufmann stepped down from the membership committee having expertly chaired the group’s work for the last six years.

The IPA extended its special thanks to all four of these long-serving members for their expert and generous contributions to the work of the organization.

Publishing Perspectives will have further information on the upcoming 2024 International Publishers Congress in Mexico during next week’s events in Guadalajara. Those interested will find a special site here for the congress, the theme of which is Turning Pages: Publishers and the Future Society.

And visitors to the IPA’s regular site will find that communications director James Taylor and his associates have updated the organization’s online presence with a clean, informative, redesign now fully deployed and operating smoothly.


More from Publishing Perspectives on the work of the International Publishers Association is here, more on Frankfurter Buchmesse is here, more on the Guadalajara International Book Fair is here, and more on international book fairs and trade shows is here.

Publishing Perspectives is the International Publishers Association’s world media partner.

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Porter Anderson

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Porter Anderson has been named International Trade Press Journalist of the Year in London Book Fair's International Excellence Awards. He is Editor-in-Chief of Publishing Perspectives. He formerly was Associate Editor for The FutureBook at London's The Bookseller. Anderson was for more than a decade a senior producer and anchor with CNN.com, CNN International, and CNN USA. As an arts critic (Fellow, National Critics Institute), he was with The Village Voice, the Dallas Times Herald, and the Tampa Tribune, now the Tampa Bay Times. He co-founded The Hot Sheet, a newsletter for authors, which now is owned and operated by Jane Friedman.