Pakistan News & Features Services
President Ma Ying-jeou, while inaugurating the Taipei International Book Exhibition 2013 at the Taipei World Trade Centre on January 30, vowed to support Taiwan's publishing sector and give local publishers more opportunity to thrive.
”Taiwan may be small, but it is the world's Chinese-language publishing hub, putting out around 40,000-50,000 titles each year,” the President observed, adding that he was visiting the book fair to see what new titles have been published and to encourage local publishers.
"The government will strongly support the development of the publishing industry. There will be some breakthroughs soon,” he announced.
Taiwan’s Culture Minister, Lung Ying-tai, expressed the hope that one million people will attend the book fair this year as she advised parents and teachers to bring children to the show.
She also encouraged countries from around the globe to continue to showcase their culture at the fair where tradition and modernity blend well and where tradition has taken root in an open society.
Caroline Vermeulen, Director of the Belgium Office in Taipei, urged the visitors to tour the Belgian pavilion to learn more about Belgium, which is the theme country this year.
A delegation of 37 Belgian writers, illustrators, publishers, musicians and artists arrived in Taiwan to attend the fair, which will continue until February 4.
Besides Belgium, the other countries such as France, Australia, Turkey, Mexico, Peru, South Korea, Japan and the United States were also participating in the annual event, now in its 21st year.
Over 700 publishers from more than 70 countries and 500 writers from home and abroad are expected to make the six-day event a memorable one.
It will include a variety of seminars and workshops on topics such as international publishing, digital reading and the development of digital content applications to improve exchanges in the global publishing sector.