Morocco is expected to host the 27th edition of the International Book and Publishing Fair (SIEL) in the capital Rabat during the period June 3-12.
Minister of Youth, Culture and Communication Mohamed Mehdi Bensaid said that this edition is a launching point towards a world of knowledge.
He said it will be held under the high patronage of King Mohammed VI and stressed the importance of the book as an ambassador of culture and a pillar of the cultural and creative industry.
Bensaid’s remarks were published on the exhibition’s official website.
The minister expressed the hope that the event would provide a qualitative addition to what the kingdom has achieved in recent years.
He said the event coincided with the kingdom’s celebration of Rabat’s selection as the capital of culture in the Islamic world and capital of African culture.
The 2021 edition of the event did not take place due to health restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Casablanca Fairs and Exhibitions Office (OFEC), which usually hosts the fair, was then converted into a field hospital for coronavirus patients.
Intellectuals, researchers, writers, professionals and readers generally attend the event. They will have the chance to meet directly with speakers from various African countries on issues related to African literature and ideology.