The International Publishers Congress 2020 has been cancelled as a result of the Covid-19 international pandemic on May 28, 2020.
The International Publishers Congress is considered the most important publishing event as all national publishing associations, ten of which are African, meet under the International Publishers Association banner. The event, which happens every two years, is also where the new president of the International Publishers Association is given the mantle to start their term.
The 2020 congress was initially set to happen in Lillehammer, Norway, from 28-30 May 2020 but unfortunately, it has been cancelled due to health concerns raised by the Covid-19 pandemic. The International Publishers Association and the Norwegian Publishers Association have made a statement announcing the cancellation of a much-anticipated event in world publishing.
“The International Publishers Association (IPA) and the Norwegian Publishers Association (NPA) have taken the difficult decision to cancel the 33rd International Publishers Congress which was scheduled to be held in Lillehammer, Norway, from 28-30 May 2020.
The climate of uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic makes it impossible to proceed with the Congress as scheduled. Apart from serious questions of maintaining personal health and safety, both IPA and NPA wish to provide short-term certainty to speakers, delegates and Congress partners.
The IPA and NPA are aware that this decision will raise many practical questions for speakers and delegates who will be contacted as soon as possible.”
While the dates and venue for the next congress were not included, we should expect a congress to happen in 2022.