On Thursday, the Crown Prince headed to Casablanca to inaugurate the much-awaited book fair, which is being held on February 8-18 under the patronage of King Mohammed VI.
The cultural platform is hosting more than 700 exhibitors, including poets, researchers and writers.
During the inauguration ceremony, the Crown Prince visited several stands, including that of Egypt, the 2018 book fair guest of honor.
The list of the stands visited by the Crown Prince on Thursday includes: the stands of the Ministry of Culture and Communication, Sharjah Book Authority, Algerian editors, the French Institute, the Cervantes Institute, Dar America, South America, SOCHEPRESS, and the publishing houses “Dar Takafa”, “Dar Errachad El Haditha”, “Groupe La Librairie des écoles” and “La croisée des Chemins”.
The Crown Prince Moulay El Hassan also visited the stands of the ministry of State for human rights, the National Human Rights Council (CNDH), the Council of the Moroccan community abroad (CCME), the Palestinian ministry of culture and of the Kuwaiti National Council for Culture, Arts and Letters.
The 24th edition of the book fair will be marked by several panel discussions, poetic events and signatures of books. The International event will also include the awarding of Ibn Batouta Prize for travel literature.
The inauguration ceremony of the International Book Fair of Casablanca was also attended by Morocco’s Minister of Culture and Communication, Mohamed El Aaraj; the Egyptian Minister of Culture, Inas Abdel Dayem; The Egyptian ambassador to Morocco, Ashraf Ibrahim Ahmed Ibrahim; the Wali of Casablanca-Settat Region and Governor of Casablanca Préfecture, Abdelkebir Zahoud.
According to Maghreb Arab Press (MAP), the opening by the Crown Prince of this fairs shows King Mohammed VI’s commitment to the cultural sector and his “strong determination to promote various cultural events,” intended to build an open, prosperous and knowledge-based society.