New era dawns for book fair

Trinity Ncube

THE Zimbabwe International Book Fair Trust (ZIBFT) has changed its name to Zimbabwe International Book Fair Association (ZIBFA) in line with other similar book fairs around the world in efforts

to strengthen its corporate outlook, the organisation said this week.


The decision to adopt the new name was agreed at a stakeholders’ meeting held in Harare on April 11.


The old structure was dissolved on the same day to make way for a new look.


The new ZIBFA will now be governed by a general council that consists of representatives of key stakeholders composed of publishers, writers, booksellers, Zimcopy, academics and librarians.


The chairman of the new general council, Benias Mugabe, who is also managing director of College Press, said the change from a Trust to an association would provide for greater transparency and accountability in the organisation.


He said the new structure will be more responsive to needs of the organisation’s strategic partners and still uphold the original aims and objectives and also ensure that it continues to retain its leading position and image amongst African book fairs.


Audrey Charamba, the national director of the Zimbabwe Women Writers, was elected deputy chairperson of the general council while Mwazvita Madondo, the managing director of Longman Zimbabwe, was elected to chair the executive board.


Madondo is also an established publisher.


The executive board com-prises the deputy chairperson, principal of Morgan Zintec College and author Wilbert Shumbayawonda.


Vice-Chancellor of the Zimbabwe Open University (ZOU), Professor Primrose Kurasha, is also a board member.


Tawoma Mtshiya, chairperson of the Zimbabwe Women Writers’ board and national coordinator of the International Bible Society, and Greenfield Chilongo, executive director of Zimcopy, are also on the board.


Meanwhile, preparations for the 2005 Zimbabwe International Book Fair, which will take place from July 31 to August 6, are already underway.

The secretariat is expecting more than 300 international, continental and local exhibitors to attend this year.


This year’s theme is “Dialogue Across Nations” while Indaba, the related international conference will be held under the theme “African Rights”.

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