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V International Book Fair opens in Turkmen capital


State News Agency of Turkmenistan (TDH)

V International Book Fair opens in Turkmen capital

The ceremony of opening V International Exhibition Fair “Book - the Way to Cooperation and Progress” took place at the Exhibition Centre. The forum is organized by the Turkmen State Publishing Service and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

This year, the exhibition has brought together over 160 participants representing over 90 world-renowned publishing houses, printing companies and firms, educational institutions, scientists and leading experts in this field from 25 countries, including Russia, the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Poland, Turkey, China, India, Pakistan, Austria, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Belarus, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, Tajikistan, Armenia and South Korea. The largest exposition is presented by the Turkmen State Publishing Service and the subdivisions of the printing sector of the country. 

The cabinet ministers, the heads of the Mejlis, ministries and departments, diplomatic missions and representative offices accredited in Turkmenistan, scientists and cultural workers, representatives of the public organisations of the Galkynysh National Movement, journalists and students took part in the ceremony of opening the international exhibition timed to the 19th anniversary of independence of Turkmenistan.

The welcoming statement of President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov was presented at the ceremony. Congratulating exhibition organizers and participants of the international fair on opening the forum and wished effective and fruitful work. “A major goal of the International Book Fair arranged at the Exhibition Palace in a picturesque part of white-marble Ashgabat is to widely present the spiritual treasury of the Turkmen people, the creative work of modern writers and poets, textbooks published in the country to give high-quality education meeting international standards to youth and the achievements of the Turkmen Publishing Service to guests, who have arrived from different regions of the world, and partners in this sector,” said the Turkmen leader. 

The exposition, which became a new evidence of the intense interest of foreign partners in cooperation with Turkmenistan as illustrated by the number of participants increasing with every passing year, presents the whole spectrum of printed products These include books, magazines, newspapers, brochures, booklets and many other publications most fully representing socio-political, belletristic, scientific, academic, technical, reference and, of course, children's literature.

Upon inventing digital information systems and the Internet, the scope of publishing activity has been expanded and now includes electronic resources such as electronic books and periodicals, web sites, digital media reference systems, computer learning games, which are widely displayed in this exhibition. 

Numerous innovations are presented by the Turkmen State Publishing Service including the book prepared by the State News Agency of Turkmenistan (TDH) “Political science and scientific policy. The great transformations of the epoch” comprising five thematic articles oriented towards not only political scientists but also readers at large.

In the afternoon the conference “Book - the Way to Cooperation and Progress” brought together well-known publishers, authors of books, representatives of the institutions of higher education, journalists in the conference hall of the Exhibition Palace. 

The approaches to establishing mutually advantageous contacts between publishers and printing companies in different countries, book distribution throughout the world, applying latest technologies to produce books and other printed products, training of printing workers, promoting contacts in the field of foreign literature in translation and many other issues were a focus of discussions at the conference. 

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The organizers prepared for participants the versatile programme including visits to landmarks of the Turkmen capital.

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