Bodour and Ruiz’s talks focus on empowering women

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Bodour Al Qasimi and Maria Juliana Ruiz met in Bogota. W.A.M.

During his recent visit to the Latin American countries of Colombia and Argentina.

The IPA President met with Maria Juliana Ruiz, First Lady of the Republic of Colombia, at the “Casa de Nariio” in Bogota, and discussed successful women’s empowerment strategies implemented in both countries.

Bodour Al Qasimi also shared the Kalimat Foundation’s most impactful initiatives that promote diversity in the Arabic publishing sector.

In her meetings with publishers and industry stakeholders during the visit, the API President reiterated the need for better practices in the publishing industry and called for giving prioritizing empowerment and training of women publishers to build capacity, address skills gaps and build strong and inclusive businesses. ecosystems.

In Colombia, the IPA President met with Diana Escobar, Vice President of Sustainable Development at Ecopetrol Colombia, and officials of the Regional Center for the Promotion of Books in Latin America and the Caribbean (CERLALC), to discuss the possibilities collaboration in the training of women publishers.

Sheikha Bodour also met Angelica Mayolo, Colombian Minister of Culture, and explored opportunities for collaboration with IPA, particularly in the area of ​​diversity and inclusion, and thus strengthening the presence and role of women in industry.

In Argentina, the president of API presented strategies to empower women in the publishing industry during a roundtable with Ana Maria Cabanellas, president of Grupo Editorial Claridad, one of the main publishing houses. Argentina edition.

During his meeting with member publishers of the Colombian Book Chamber, Bodour discussed issues related to sustainability and explored the challenges of paper shortage and its impact on the publishing industry.

During her meeting with Argentine publishers, the IPA President reiterated her support for the recovery and growth of publishing markets affected by the global pandemic and urged publishers to take advantage of opportunities for development and capacity building offered through the IPA Academy, which is now online. .

Bodour also attended the opening ceremony of the Buenos Aires International Book Fair and visited the Bogota International Book Fair during his visit to the two Latin American countries.

Recently, Maria Juliana Ruiz and Marta Lucia Ramirez, Vice President and Minister of Foreign Relations of Colombia, visited the “Museum of the Future”, where they learned about the human and global dimensions of the pioneering project, which was established as a platform to bring together the creators of the future from all over the world.

During the visit, which included a tour of the museum facilities and key exhibits, the First Lady and the Vice President of Colombia were briefed on the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, First Minister and Ruler of Dubai, to restore civilization in the region and create specialized laboratories to bring together innovators in the sectors of health, education, smart cities, energy, transport and the global economy. future.

Ruiz and Ramirez also learned about what the museum offers in the areas of science and sustainability, especially since Ruiz serves as the Goodwill Ambassador for Goal 17 of the Sustainable Development Goals, which is to “strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership”. for sustainable development”, as well as to support children, protect them from violence and improve their chances in life. The museum is an opportunity to experience the different dimensions of the future and is an environment that welcomes the best experts in forecasting the future.

Last month, the United Arab Emirates and Colombia announced in a joint statement that they had completed the first phase of their Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (UAE-Colombia CEPA), which will help strengthen their trade and development relations. ‘investment.

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