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IV international book fair and conference closed in Ashgabat
The IV International Fair and scientific conference «A Book - the Way to the Cooperation and Progress» closed in Ashgabat. During three days the Ashgabat Exhibition Centre housed the exposition books and printing products, advanced technologies and printing equipment manufactured by the leading enterprises and companies of Turkmenistan and its foreign partners.
The exhibition spotlighted the outstanding achievements of Turkmenistan’s book publishing and printing industry, which had been conditioned by rapid development of the industry in the epoch of the grandiose changes and reforms. The participants of the scientific conference, which was conducted on the first day of the cultural forum, highly evaluated the high-quality and a great variety of the domestically produced print products that met international standards. The publishers, literary authors, educational workers and journalists underscored the academic and educational orientation of the book forum that reflected the remarkable changes taking place in the life of the Turkmen state and society.
The participants represented the world’s leading printing equipment producers such as Heidelberg (Austria), the Iranian manufacturers of silks screen printing equipment, who presented technological innovations - lamination and three-side printing. The large Russian private companies – Monoritm specialized in designing computer programmes and Paratype – the leader in producing great-primers made their debut for the book forum in Turkmenistan.
The book fair participants took part in the roundtables, meetings and presentations of new publishing products. The Russian publishers arranged ‘the expositions in expositions’ including the thematic sections – Book Graphics and Rare Handheld Books displayed the wonderful book illustrations and handmade pieces of book art.
The meeting between the heads of Ukrainian Academy of Printing, the specialists of the Three Quarters publishing agency (Russia), the Moscow Union of Artists and the Paratype Company, the professors and students of the Academy of Fine Arts of Turkmenistan became one of the brightest events of the book fair. The Chancellor of the Ukrainian Academy of Printing told about the key vectors of the Academy’s activity, the teaching methods and the fields of training printing workers including decorative and applied art. The classes on art techniques and the presentations of the font design programs were conducted.
A wide range of the issues of further cooperation in publishing industry and educational book publishing, library acquisitions, training highly-qualified specialists was the focus of the meeting at the Ministry of Education of Turkmenistan that brought together the specialists of the Russian agencies specialized in publishing scientific and educational literature, Turkmen printing workers and chancellors of the higher schools. The participants expressed belief that the agreements and contracts concluded would contribute to modernizing the education system education in Turkmenistan as well as promote cooperation in printing industry. The agreements on procurement of great-primers for the enterprises of Turkmenistan were concluded.
For many guests the forum became ‘a business card’ of the large-scale processes taking place in Turkmenistan. A very illustrative fact was the participants’ decision to donate the rich collection of printed products, which were presented at the exposition, to the Turkmen people.
The diplomas, certificates and valuable presents were presented to the participants during the forum closing ceremony.