Executive Committee of ASEAN Book Publishers Association Gathers in Vietnam for Annual Conference

Established in 2005, the ASEAN Book Publishers Association is a coalition of Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Singapore. Since its founding, the organization has grown to include Brunei, Laos and Cambodia among its members.

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The Vietnam Publishers Association (VPA) and the People’s Committee of Ho Chi Minh City are organizing an annual conference of the Executive Committee of the ASEAN Book Publishers Association (ABPA) and accompanying activities from September 14-19, VNA reported.

The conference, which will take place on September 15, serves as a platform for ABPA members to exchange experiences and propose solutions to strengthen cooperation in the publishing industry within the region. The event will focus on reviewing the current state of the publishing industry in ABPA member countries, setting out directions to promote intra-bloc cooperation, enhancing exchanges and copyright transactions, and determining the country that will assume the rotating presidency of the ABPA for the 2024-2025 term.

Annual Conference of ASEAN Book Publishers Association's Executive Committee Held in Vietnam
Ho Chi Minh City’s Book Street.

Pham Minh Tuan, Deputy Editor-in-Chief of the Communist Magazine and President of the VPA, who currently holds the rotating presidency of the ABPA for the 2022-2023 term, stated that after reviewing the publishing situation of each country in the past year, delegates will contribute ideas to further strengthen ongoing activities and enhance the association’s role in the regional and international arena.

On the sidelines of the conference, the VPA will hold an international scientific conference on protecting copyrights for books in cyberspace on September 15. This conference will serve as a platform for scientists, policymakers, managers, and publishing units from Vietnam and Southeast Asian countries to exchange experiences and solutions to strengthen the effectiveness of copyright protection in the publishing sector amidst digital transformation and international integration.

Furthermore, an international book fair featuring approximately 100 book titles about President Ho Chi Minh and other Party and State leaders will be organized on HCM City’s Book Street. ABPA members will also participate in various sideline activities aimed at gaining a better understanding of Vietnamese culture and publishing, including visits to Nha Rong Wharf relic, HCM City’s Book Street, Phuong Nam, and Fahasa bookstore systems.

Established in 2005 by Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Singapore, the ABPA aims to create a friendly community where ASEAN-based publishers and industry partners can share knowledge and experiences. In January 2022, the VPA assumed the rotating presidency of the ABPA for the 2022-2023 term, succeeding its Thai predecessor. This role presents significant opportunities for the publishing industry to foster development and promote Vietnamese culture and people within the region, experts say. Despite Vietnam’s membership in the Berne International Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works since 2004, copyright infringement remains widespread across the country, especially with the rise of digital technology and the increasing popularity of ebooks and audiobooks. Efforts to combat copyright piracy are becoming more challenging.

Hannah Nguyen