Mr. Ma Zhanwu, Consul General of the People's Republic of China in Kolkata, met with Mr. Tridib Chatterjee, Honorary General Secretary of Publishers and Booksellers Guild, the organizer of the International Kolkata Book Fair (IKBF), on 27 July 2016. Consul Shi Yaosheng and Mr. Milinda De, Convener of IKBF, were present.
Mr. Chatterjee said that he would attend the Beijing Book Fair in August 2016 to get acquaintance with Chinese publishers and promote interactions of publishing between Kolkata and China. Talking about IKBF, he said that, being one of the largest book fairs in the world, the 40th IKBF recorded a footfall of 2.2 million and the sales volume of over 21 crores INR earlier this year. He was also encouraged that a Chinese publishing house also had its debut at the Fair. He hoped that Chinese publishers will be present at the 41st IKBF to be held from 25 January to 5 February 2017, and said that a complimentary stall would be provided.
Consul General Ma said he was glad to learn of Mr. Chatterjee’s plan to take part in the Beijing Book Fair and promised to encourage relevant Chinese publishers to participate in IKBF next year, and work to advance exchanges and cooperation on publishing between China and East India.
The two sides also exchanged views on some specific matters.