23 July 1997
8th Book Fair Showcases Latest Titles to Readers & Traders
Hong Kong's importance as a regional publishing and printing hub for both English and Chinese language books will be strengthened as Asian economies continue to expand, said Trade Development Council executive director, Mr Michael Sze.
Speaking at the opening of the 8th Hong Kong Book Fair today (23 July), Mr Sze said the fast developing Hong Kong printing and publishing industry is in a strong position to attain further growth.
He said: "Hong Kong's printing companies have invested heavily in the latest machinery and equipment to expand production and maximize quality.
"This strengthens them at a time when many potential overseas partners are seeking joint ventures to enter into Asian markets where the demand for high quality publications is fast expanding."
The TDC-organised Book Fair, Mr Sze noted, has played a significant role in promoting Hong Kong's book market and enhancing its development as a leading book-trading centre in and for the Asia region.
This year, TDC is breaking new ground with the launching of the inaugural International Copyright Exchange (ICE) and Printing Services Exhibition at the Book Fair to further boost the trade aspects of the local printing and publishing services.
Joining Mr Sze to officiate at the opening ceremony was the Secretary for the Civil Service, Mr Lam Woon Kwong, who said that the Book Fair is a showcase for all kinds of books as well as an ideal trading forum for local and Asian publishers.
He said the launching of the ICE and Printing Services Exhibition will enhance Hong Kong's position as the copyright trading, production and printing centre in Asia.
Mr Lam also pointed out that Hong Kong has a sound legal system; together with the commitment to safeguard intellectual property rights; the availability of first-class publishing, production and printing technologies; and direct access to information and freedom of publication; making Hong Kong an important publishing and rights trading centre.
The 8th Hong Kong Book Fair is now staging at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. Larger than ever, the event features more than 400 exhibitors with 800 booths in 25,000 square metres of exhibition space.
The event features the public and trade sections. The public section is held in Halls 1 and 2 of the HKCEC extension from 23 to 28 July. The ICE and Printing Services Exhibition, opens to traders only, is on Level 5 of the HKCEC from 23 to 25 July.
Apart from local book companies, also on display at the public section are exhibitors from Australia, the Chinese mainland, Germany, Japan, Macau, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan and the US.
New to the public fair is the Children's Paradise exhibition for young readers. Other special pavilions include the Book Pavilion, Sino United Publishing Pavilion, China Pavilion, Taipei Publishing Community Pavilion, Teens Paradise, Comics Corners, Stationery & Art Pavilion, displaying all kinds of books and educational materials.
Visitors to the public show can also meet their favourite authors and celebrities at the Celebrities Lounge and Author's Showcase, located on the HKCEC extension's Level 3 and Hall 1 respectively.
In the trade section, in conjunction with the ICE, TDC has jointly organised the first Asian Publishing Conference with Hong Kong Publishing Federation to provide a platform for members of the publishing industry to exchange views and to explore co-operation opportunities.
The 8th Hong Kong Book Fair is supported by the following organisations: Anglo-Chinese Textbook Publishers Organization, Educational Booksellers Association, Hong Kong Book & Magazine Trade Association, Hong Kong Book & Stationery Industry Association, Hong Kong Educational Publishers Association, Hong Kong Publishers & Distributors Association, Hong Kong Publishing Federation Ltd, Hong Kong Publishing Professional Society, Sino United Publishing (Holdings) Ltd, The Society of Hong Kong Publishers, and United Christian Publisher's Service (HK).
For press enquiries, please contact Vanapa Ongvises/Justina Shum of TDC Media & Corporate Communications at (852) 2584 4333.