Sunil Kumar, Executive Officer, Book Division of CAPEXIL, sponsored by the Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Govt. of India, told that they took a delegation of member exporters along with Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Publications Division, National Book Trust, India to the London Book Fair, 2018 which was held at Olympia, London, UK from April 12-14, 2018. Srinivas Gotru, Minister of Culture for the Indian High Commission and the Director of the Nehru Centre, London visited the stands of Indian publishers and printers and interacted with them to understand their success stories as well as their difficulties to export their items. According to Sunil Kumar, Ramesh Mittal, Chairman, Northern Region, is very positive to take up the members’ problems with the concerned Departments of the Government of India to solve industry’s problems to give maximum heights to the Industry. He also said that the Book Division has planned to participate in the various International Book Fairs. CAPEXIL is also planning to organize a Reverse Buyer Seller Meet in India wherein overseas buyers would be invited to interact with the Indian exporters to expand their business.

Kumar, leader of the delegation, arranged a meeting on April 11,2018 with Srinivas Gotru, Minister of Culture for the Indian High Commission and the Director of the Nehru Centre, London; Quinny Dsouza, International Sales Manager, Reed Exhibitions; Sukumar, Reed Exhibitions; Jacks Thomas, Director, London Book Fair, Asoke K Ghosh, Ex-Chairman, Book Division, Capexil; Dr. Sadhana Raut, Director General, Publications Division, GOI. The total Indian participants were around 50 exhibitors and the trade visitors were around 100. Next year, CAPEXIL is planning to participate in a bigger way from India. On the whole, Indian participants who had participated were satisfied for their participation and wanted to participate in the future also.

Asoke K Ghosh, Ex-Chairman, Book Division, CAPEXIL and Chairman-Cum Managing Director of PHI Learning Pvt. Ltd, New Delhi, India was conferred with the Simon Master Chairman’s Award at the London Book Fair for his contribution and impact on global publishing.

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