Ahmed bin Rakkad Al Ameri, Chairman of Sharjah Book Authority, SBA, and HE Xavier Chatel, Ambassador of France to the UAE have discussed developing joint cultural programme and expand collaborative efforts and initiatives.
The discussions were held on sidelines of the French Ambassador’s visit on Monday to the 39th Sharjah International Book Fair, SIBF.
Accompanied by Ahmed Al Ameri on the tour, HE Xavier Chatel met with participating French publishers, as well as the representatives of local, Arab and international publishing houses.
They discussed the key role SIBF plays this year in offering an impetus to the global publishing industry, in light of the challenging circumstances publishing businesses and creative industries alike are facing in both Arab and international markets, in the wake of Covid-19.
Al Ameri talked about the annual exhibitions, events and cultural initiatives organised by SBA, including SIBF and the Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival, and Sharjah Publishing City Free Zone, SPCFZ, explaining to him the plethora of facilities and competitive advantages businesses can avail in the world’s first free zone dedicated to the publishing, printing and allied businesses.