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Bodour Al Qasimi calls on Italian publishers to cooperate on building industry resilience

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ROME, 7th December, 2021 (WAM) — Continuing her in-person assessments of pandemic-hit publishing markets worldwide, Bodour Al Qasimi, President of the International Publishers Association (IPA), was in Rome to meet with members of the Italian Publishers Association.

While there, she learned more about their challenges and offered an overview of the IPA initiatives designed to empower global industry stakeholders, putting them on a planned and collaborative path to post-COVID recovery.

Bodour's visit began with a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Piu libri piu liberi Book Fair (National Fair of Small and Medium Publishing) led by the Italian Minister of Cultural Affairs, Dario Franceschini, followed by a tour of the book fair, which runs from 4th to 8th December in Rome. It is the first Italian fair dedicated exclusively to independent publishing and approximately 500 publishers from all over Italy convene there each year to share news of their latest catalogues with the public.

In her meeting with the Italian publishers, she took the opportunity to hear from them about the on-ground challenges the pandemic has presented, and to learn about their plans for the future. Bodour commended the Italian publishing community for their united efforts, which boosted sales of trade titles this year by almost 16.3 percent compared to 2020.

She noted that challenges remain despite these positive signs, and asserted that collaborative action will be key to rebuilding publishing businesses and the industry as a whole. She called on the meeting’s attendees to build resilience by working together adding that this was the inspiration behind the IPA’s recently launched International Sustainable Publishing and Industry Resilience (InSPIRe) Plan.

This plan has been joined by the Federation of the European Publishers along with 50 other organisations. Bodour said that she looks forward to more Italian publishers and industry stakeholders endorsing the Inspire Plan.

Strategies like this are crucial in taking a solidarity driven approach to addressing common sectoral challenges such as the recent supply chain crisis and the emergence of the new COVID variant, Omicron, she added.

The IPA President’s trip to Italy follows visits to other publishing capitals including Greece, the UAE, Spain, Saudi Arabia, Russia, Turkey, Egypt, Kenya, Ivory Coast, Ghana, and Georgia earlier this year. During these visits she has been assessing the challenges of pandemic-hit publishing markets and sharing the IPA’s plans to help bring global publishing back to full strength.

On the side-lines of her meetings, Bodour Al Qasimi also took the opportunity to tour the historic Biblioteca Angelica – a public library in Rome established in 1604, which boasts a collection of 200,000 works in Italian literature, theatre and literary criticism and other priceless works.

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UAE Cabinet approves restructuring of Securities and Commodities Authority’s Board of Directors

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DUBAI, 20th January, 2020 (WAM) — The Cabinet has approved a decision to restructure the Board of Directors of the Securities and Commodities Authority, under the chairmanship of Mohamed Ali Al Shorafa Al Hammadi.

The decision is part of developing the system and workflow in the federal government in support of the UAE’s vision, and enabling the Securities and Commodities Authority to perform its plans and roles in promoting the performance of the financial markets in the country, according to systems that lay the foundations for flexibility and legislative sustainability, as part of the country’s directives to support and develop highly efficient and flexible financial markets.

As part of its duties, the Board will work to strengthen and develop the legislative and administrative system for the financial markets in the country, and support the supervisory and regulatory systems in accordance with best practices, to consolidate the UAE’s stature and its global leadership in this field.

The three-year membership includes Dr. Ali Mohammed Bakheett Al Rumaithi, Board Member of Central Bank of the UAE; Dr. Abdulla Al Khatib, Assistant Dean for Research and Graduate Studies at the College of Law – UAE University; Alyazia Ali Saleh Al Kuwaiti, Executive Director-Upstream & Integrated Business at Mubadala Investment; and Faisal Yousef bin Sulaiten, Executive Director of the Economic Security Centre of Dubai, along with representative of the youth category to be nominated by the General Secretariat of the Cabinet.

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WAM, Mexico media entities discuss media cooperation

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MEXICO CITY, 20th January, 2022 (WAM) — A delegation from the Emirates News Agency (WAM) has discussed ways to enhance media cooperation with a number of media entities in Mexico.

The discussion took place during the delegation's visit, led by Mohammed Jalal Al Rayssi, Director-General of WAM, to Mexico, at the end of a tour to Latin America, which included Brazil and Colombia. This tour is part of WAM's efforts to partner with international media institutions.

During the tour, the delegation met with the officials of Cuartoscuro, a magazine that specialises in photography and press information, established in 1986. The two institutions discussed opportunities to enhance media ties and signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to exchange and share media content between them.

The delegation also visited the headquarters of TV Azteca, a Mexican multimedia conglomerate owned by Grupo Salinas. It is the second-largest mass media company in Mexico after Televisa and broadcasts its programmes to 13 countries. The two sides explored means to develop media cooperation, news exchange, and the group's participation in the Global Media Congress, an event that will be hosted by Abu Dhabi next November.

The WAM delegation also visited Canal 11, a Mexican educational television network with 1,500 employees, and one of the most famous channels nationwide and in Latin America, that is fully funded by the Mexican government. The widespread network's daily followers reach nearly 30 million viewers and 3 million followers in the United States of America.

Canal 11 focuses on the most critical world news, local news, and educational programmes for children. Both sides agreed to broadcast a weekly article about the UAE, with materials provided by WAM in Spanish.

The delegation also visited "El Universal", a famous Mexican newspaper established 100 years ago, which is considered one of the most essential content makers in the media sector with over 240 journalists worldwide. They agreed to sign an MoU to exchange news in light of the desire of the Mexican side to increase its news about the UAE.

Al Rayssi stressed the importance of this visit in exploring broader horizons to enhance media cooperation with Mexican media, which has a history full of professional achievements.

He added that WAM is looking forward to building strategic relations with media establishments in Mexico due to the continuous cooperation between the two countries.

WAM Director-General expressed his aspiration for the participation of the Mexican media in the Global Media Congress in Abu Dhabi next November. He added that the Congress will provide a significant platform for building partnerships and fostering ties between media institutions worldwide.

Al Rayssi concluded by thanking all officials from the UAE Embassy in Mexico, commending their efforts to provide all forms of support to the WAM delegation during its stay in Colombia, which played a crucial role in making the visit a success.

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Foreign Minister of Pakistan affirms his country’s full solidarity with UAE

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ISLAMABAD, 20th January, 2022 (WAM) — Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Pakistan, has received in his office Hamad Obaid Ibrahim Salem Al Zaabi, UAE Ambassador to Pakistan.

Qureshi expressed his strong condemnation and denunciation of the terrorist attack by the Houthi militia on civil facilities in the UAE. He considered the attack a threat to international peace and security, expressing regret for the civilian casualties, including a Pakistani citizen, due to the cowardly terrorist attack.

He added, "The UAE and Pakistan have solid historical relations, and we reiterate our full solidarity with the UAE in all the measures it takes to preserve the security and safety of its citizens and the sovereignty of its territories."

The Pakistani Foreign Minister also extended his sincere condolences to the families of the victims of this terrorist attack and his wishes for a speedy recovery to the injured.

In turn, the UAE Ambassador thanked the minister for the firm Pakistani position, condemnation and sincere solidarity with the UAE and its people with regard to this heinous attack, which is inconsistent with all international norms and laws.

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