The seminar Africa Rising: Realising Africa’s Potential as a Global Publishing Leader in the 21st Century will build on last year’s discussions on the role of the publishing industry in sustainable development. The global industry is getting into a new phase of development in which future readers are increasingly likely to be found in emerging publishing markets — this is the African publishing industry’s time to shine.
Africa has some of fastest mobile and internet connectivity growth rates in the world and nearly 60% of its population is below 24. If proper investments are made in literacy and education, and there is an enabling economic environment for jobs and investment, Africa’s youth bulge can be a catalyst for the future of African publishing and accelerated social and economic development.
The seminar will feature keynotes by globally renowned authors, decision makers, and industry thought leaders; in addition to panel sessions and workshops on themes addressing the most pressing challenges facing the African publishing industry.
Publishing attracts a significant number of women, few are at the executive or board levels and many face significant gender pay gaps. Women are given more traditional functions such as communications, human resources, and educational divisions. In many countries, the publishing industry also remains unwelcoming to outsiders, whether they are female, or from other disadvantaged groups. This panel discussion will give attendees a chance to hear from leading women publishers about their paths to success and their views on how the publishing industry can take action to address its diversity challenge.