Khartoum — The First Vice President of the Republic, the National Prime Minister, Lt. Gen. Bakri Hassan Salih will inaugurate next Tuesday the 13 th session of Khartoum International Book Fair, in 8: p.m at the Fairs Land in Burrei area, under the motto "Book the Bridge of Knowledge".
The book fair during the period from 17- 29 of current October will witness the participation of 14 countries and more than 300 publishing local and foreign houses.
The fair will be honored by the Egyptian Minister of Culture and the selection of Egypt as the fair's session guest of honor.
The Minister of Culture, al-Tayeb Hassan Badawi, in the press conference held at the hall of the Ministry of Information, for announcing the launching of the international book fair, underlined that the fair represents one of the pillars of the ministry's projects , indicating that the book is still the origin in the knowledge process, adding that the lifting of the US sanctions would enrich the intellectual arena by the wide opening the door for the publishing houses completion, and to prepare the Sudan to be a market for the African books.
Badawi said that Sudan basics are the thought, civilization and culture that varied as a natural product of inter-related diversity for various reasons, and represents a model of moderation in the Islamic world, indicating that the book fair coincides with the preparations for concluding the project of Sinnar as the capital of Islamic culture, noting that the selection of Egypt as fair's session guest of honor comes in context of the directives of the two Sudanese and Egyptian presidents.
The state minister at the ministry of culture, dr. hassab al-rasoul ahmed al- Sheikh, pointed out that this session of the book fair comes within historical changes represented by the national dialogue and its outcome of the cultural nature, the stability that the sudan is enjoying, besides the great cultural activities, adding that the book fair represents a container for all these activities, noting to the ministry's partnerships with several bodies in order to organize the fair.
The Undersecretary of the Ministry of Culture, Karam Alla Hamid Khalf-Alla has stressed the completion of all the arrangements for the book fair, reviewing steps of arrangements since last February, the participating countries in the fair, the publishing houses, meanwhile, he reviewed in details the accompanying activities to the book fair, announcing the honoring of the poet of the fair's session, Dr. Mohamed Abdul-Hai beside a number of figures that have enriched the intellectual and cultural arena, declaring that the fair's activities include a radio completion.
On his part, the Chairman of the Sudanese Publishers Union, Mohamed al-Hassan Mohamed Aba'ass has announced the union's initiative for participating in the campaign for the collection of the illegal arms under the motto "hand over your arms, receive a book".