Istanbul Governor Ali Yerlikaya attended the 6th International Professional Meetings of Istanbul Edition.
With contributions from the Ministry of Culture and Tourism; and support from Istanbul Governance and the Istanbul Chamber of Commerce, organized by the Association of Printing Trades of Turkey the 6th meeting attended by the Governor of Istanbul Ali Yerlikaya, Head of the Board of Directors of the Ilim Yayma Foundation Bilal Erdoğan, Provincial Director of Culture and Tourism Coşkun Yılmaz, Provincial Director of Trade İsmail Menteşe, President of the Istanbul Chamber of Commerce Şekib Avdagiç, and also names of the printing and publishing community and guests were present.
Özgül Özkan Yavuz, Deputy Minister of Culture and Tourism, attended the programme with a video message.
In the program, which began with the screening of the trailer, the governor of Istanbul Ali Yerlikaya and the president of the Istanbul Chamber of Commerce Şekib Avdagic, Ministry of Culture and Tourism Director General of Libraries and Publications Ali Odabaşı, The President of the Association of Printing and Publishing Professionals of Turkey, Mustafa Doğru; and Vice-PresidentChairman and deputy of the National Academy of Sciences of Azerbaijan Ord. Prof. Dr. Isa Habibbeyli, participant of the “Target Country” of the meeting, each gave their speeches.
"I congratulate all of our publishers for bringing the author and publisher together even during this pandemic."
In his speech during the program, Governor Yerlikaya said that the meeting had given great impetus to the publishing industry. In his speech, Governor Yerlikaya said: "I said in my speech last year here again: "I want to meet 100 countries and 500 publishers next year". When it comes to Istanbul and a meeting in Istanbul, it is not our will, we always aim for the summit, we always want better. The publishing profession is not that easy. It requires passion, love.
“I sincerely and with all my heart congratulate all our publishers and the Professional Association of Publishing and Printing of Turkey who do their work with passion, despite this pandemic which is a heavy test for all humanity, they have nevertheless brought together the author with the publisher, the book with the reader. " he said.
Governor Yerlikaya mentioned that due to the 700th anniversary of his death, UNESCO put the anniversary of Yunus Emre among the anniversaries of commemoration and celebration in 2021 and he also mentioned that our President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, launched the campaign "Turkish World Language".
"If the world were a book, its most beautiful page would be Istanbul"
Stating that there were two important innovations at this year’s meeting, Governor Yerlikaya said: "The first is Istanbul Copyright Awards Competition. The aim of this competition is to encourage foreign publishers to translate and publish Turkish books in their own language. 52 publishers from 26 countries applied for this competition with 661 books. For me, each of these editors deserved the award. These competitions make a great contribution to cultural cooperation and promotion with the development of the Turkish publishing industry. I congratulate the winners of this award in advance.
The second innovation was the determination of the target country of the Istanbul Fellowship. The target country chosen this year was Azerbaijan, a friendly and fraternal country. Here too we will feel the difference between two States forming a single nation. On this occasion, I once again wish God's mercy to all our brothers and sisters who were martyred by ending the 29 years of captivity in Nagorno-Karabakh. May their places be heaven and may they rest in peace."
Governor Yerlikaya said in his speech: “If the world was a book, its finest page, or if cities were a poem, its finest, most touching verse would be Istanbul. We cannot be humble about it. Therefore, it is obvious that hosting the international publishing meetings - İstanbul Fellowship was also suitable for our Istanbul. I hope the event is a good omen for our Turkish language, our literary world and the publishing industry, and I sincerely congratulate everyone who worked hard." And ended his statements with these words.
After the gift-giving session, Governor Yerlikaya and members of the Protocol cut the opening ribbon, and the program continued with sessions.
Yayıncılık sektörünün kalbi İstanbul’da atıyor.— Ali Yerlikaya (@AliYerlikaya) March 9, 2021
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