ALGIERS, — Algerian Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal has called on publishers in the country to look to the international book markets and further develop the production of e-books.

Speaking on the sidelines of the inauguration of the 21st International Book Fair of Algiers (SILA) here, he urged the publishers to make known their authors through exports, stating the publishing industry in Algeria had reached a “significant level”.

Sellal, who visited several stands at the fair, highlighted the need for boosting the production of e-books through strong partnerships.

He visited the stand of the University Publications Office (OPU) and urged them to broach all variants of the language, including Tamasheq, a language spoken in many regions of Africa, including Algeria, Mali and Niger.

Sellal also called on publishers to strengthen the exhibition of scientific books.

The Premier inaugurated The 21st SILA on Wednesday evening, accompanied by members of the government, including Minister of Culture Azzeddine Mihoubi and Minister of Communication Hamid Grine as well as Niger’s Prime Minister, Brigi Rafini, who is on an official visit to Algiers.

More than 290 Algerian publishers and 671 foreign exhibitors from about fifty countries are taking part in the 21st SILA, which will end on Nov 5.

Source: Nam News Network

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