Over 330 stalls will be on display, with over 500,000 expected visitors
Karachi, 19 December 2018: The Managing Committee of Karachi International Book Fair (KIBF) has revealed that besides 110 leading publishers and booksellers from Pakistan, 40 exhibitors from 17 countries will participate in the 14th Karachi International Book Fair (KIBF) from 21st to 25th December in three halls at the Karachi Expo Center. The five-day 14th Karachi International Book Fair 2018, is organized by the Pakistan Publishers and Booksellers Association.
Minister of Education and Literacy, Govt of Sindh. Mr. Syed Sardar Ali Shah, the Chief Guest will inaugurate the Fair on21stDecember 2018. Karachi International Book Fair has now achieved the distinction of being Pakistan’s largest consumer/trade fair since its inception in 2005. The event brings together publishing and distribution houses, domestic / international publishers, booksellers, librarians and institutional customers on a single platform. Publishers from Iran, India, Turkey, Singapore, China, Malaysia, England, UAE and other countries are attending the international event. Karachi International Book Fair has become a remarkable literary event with educated and motivated visitors from all walks of life. More than 330 stands shall display books on all subjects to discerning readers including vast numbers of families, students and book lovers from all over the country.
These views were expressed by Convener 14th KIBF, Mr. Owais Mirza Jamil andMr. Aziz Khalid, Chairman of Pakistan Publishers and Booksellers Association while speaking at a press conference, held at a local hotel here on Wednesday, 19 December, 2018.
Mr Owais Mirza Jamil expressed his gratitude to the publishers and booksellers for their participation in the fair and the Managing Committee for their untiring efforts to make this event possible. He hoped that this year as in the past record-breaking number of visitors shall participate in the 14th Karachi International Book Fair.
Mr Aziz Khalid Chairman, Pakistan Publishers and Booksellers Association(PPBA) stressed that this edition will be remarkable and distinctive as efforts are being made to establish an effective working relationship with key International Book Fairs leading towards an exchange of professional expertise for highlighting the importance of Book Fairs at national and international level. “Fairs are not the only book exhibits any more, international book fairs are very important forums not only for publishers but also for the government agencies/missions as an effective tool for Diplomacy”, he elaborated. “Also underlined is the commitment to the propagation of knowledge by highlighting the values of humanism and ethics that promote tolerance, discussions and openness to others in a civilized society.”
KIBF aims to motivate the nation’s youth and students to take part in cultural and creative activities to strengthen their role as pillars of an intellectually, scientifically, literary-wise and culturally flourishing future.
He reiterated that “Around 500,000 people are expected to visit the14th KIBF. The event will be visited by book lovers, students from all groups and ages, professionals from all walks of life, academicians, writers, librarians and
Book Fair timings are 10 am to 9 pm daily from Friday, 21 December, till Tuesday, 25 December, 2018. Deputy Convener Waqar Mateen Khan, Nadeem Mazhar, M. Iqbal Ghaziani, Iqbal Saleh Mohammad, Nadeem Akhtar, Kamran Noorani, Saleem Abdul Hussain and Syed Nasir Hussain also attended the Press conference.
The 14th Karachi International Book Fair begins on Friday 21 December with doors opening to the public at 10:00 am.