Launch of the Baghdad International Book Fair
The Baghdad International Book Fair, sponsored by the Association of Private Banks and the Central Bank of Iraq, was launched for 11 days with wide local and external participation. The exhibition was opened by President Barham Salih and a number of prominent figures.
The President of the Republic, Barham Salih said in a speech during the conference, attended by the economy News, "Your contribution to the Baghdad exhibition is a gesture, because I found effective and promising participation by writers and publishers," pointing out that "Baghdad is considered a basic market for the book, and our capital was and still is writers and thinkers A vital product of the book. "
"Baghdad is a center between the East and the West for culture and the arts," Saleh said. "I hope the exhibition will be an active element in promoting thought, culture, publishing books and promoting civil life in Baghdad."
"We will aspire to complete tax exemption for books in the future," he said, adding that "political life is in a phase of transformation, through more reforms and procedures, especially after the elimination phase of the preacher."
"It requires everyone to create a clean environment free of extremist and terrorist ideas," Saleh said.
"The crime of Muszoub obliges us to work exceptionally for the arrest of the perpetrators and the eradication of terrorism," Saleh said.
The president of the republic noted that "a few days ago, a youth activity was launched in Baghdad that adopted the slogan" I am an Iraqi. I read to spread the spirit of culture in society. "He said that" ), Which is an eloquent message to respond to extremist ideas.
For his part, Minister of Culture Abdul Amir Al-Hamdani delivered a speech to the Prime Minister saying: "Yesterday we issued a decree to reduce customs duties on imported books to promote the spirit of culture in Iraq."
"We are completely open to the cultural sectors, and the Ministry of Culture will be transformed from a ministry of personnel to a ministry of intellectuals," he said. "Iraq, which made civilization, is capable of spreading culture."
The Minister of Culture concluded by saying, "We must strengthen national identity and be a culture of umbrella, which is protected by all," noting that "Baghdad returned to the cultural center again."
In turn, the President of the Federation of Publishers Abdel Wahab Radi said in his speech during the conference that "Baghdad is our return every year to meet the writers of the book to emerge from a workshop of publishers, writers and readers, in order to converge visions through this forum."
Al-Radhi added that "the purpose of this exhibition is to provide Iraqi culture with all that is new, and I wish the success and success of the exhibitors and the service of Iraqi culture."
"I thank all Sanders and supporters of the Ministry of Culture, the Iraqi Media Network, the Central Bank, the Iraqi Publishers Association, the Iraqi Private Banks Association and thank all the service and security departments and institutions that have made efforts to serve the book fair."