Academic journal article The Journal of Pan African Studies (Online)

Conakry Named World Book Capital for 2017

Academic journal article The Journal of Pan African Studies (Online)

Conakry Named World Book Capital for 2017

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Conakry, the capital of the Republic of Guinea (République de Guinée) has been named World Book Capital for 2017. The decision was made by an international committee of experts on 30 June during a meeting at UNESCO's Headquarters in Paris.

The selection committee singled out Conakry "on account of the quality and diversity of its programme, in particular its focus on community involvement" as well as "for its well-structured budget and clear development goals with a strong emphasis on youth and literacy".

While welcoming the quality of all applications received by UNESCO for the title of World Book Capital 2017, the Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, endorsed the committee's decision to designate Conakry World Book Capital for 2017.

In congratulating Conakry, the Director-General said, "Books, learning and reading are key to human life. …

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