Growing publishing industry and wealth of world renowned writers are gaining Morocco's recognition in the global publishing world.
Rabat – Morocco has been invited as guest of honor to the next edition of the International Book Fair, which will be hosted in Belgium from the 5th to the 8th March of 2020.
Hervé Gérard, President of the International Book Fair (FIL), announced during a press conference on February 17 that Morocco will be the guest of honor at the 2020 International Book Fair.
Gerard said the invitation testifies to the strong engagement of Moroccan writers.
The strong participation from the Moroccan community in Belgium during the 50th edition of FIL is a testimony of the good relations between Morocco and Belgium. Gerard invited Moroccan writers to participate in the next edition to display the richness and diversity of the Moroccan culture.
Morocco’s ambassador to Belgium, Mohamed Ameur, prided himself on Morocco being the first Arab and African country to be put in the spotlight during the prestigious event.
He suggested that the invitation highlights the dynamism of the Moroccan literature and provides the opportunity to the Moroccans of Belgium to discover their home country’s publishing industry.
Morocco’s participation in the 50th edition of FIL consisted of 12 male and female writers coming to present their works in both French and Dutch, and meeting the public, including the Moroccan community.
More than 1,000 publishers from France, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Quebec, and Morocco attended the event.
FIL has become a cultural event of large scale in Europe, emphasizing the importance of such an invitation from the President of the International Book Fair.