INCHEON, Oct. 10 (Korea Bizwire) – After it has been named World Book Capital 2015 by an international committee of experts representing the book industry and UNESCO, the Incheon Metropolitan City is dreaming of a world-class book city as it seeks to broaden its international cultural exchange activities to that end.
On October 8 (local time), Juergen Boos, director of the Frankfurt Book Fair, and Yoo Jeong-bok, mayor of the Incheon Metropolitan City, signed an agreement for their cooperation in helping Incheon position itself as a hub for regional culture, education, and book industry.
The acting committee of the Frankfurt Book Fair is expected to pour their experiences and know-hows into the productive operations of UNESCO’s World Book Capital and an international book fair for children and education in the coming year.
Incheon City has installed a promotional hall of “UNESCO’s World Book Capital 2015” at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2014 that takes place from 8-12 October 2014. The Frankfurt Book Fair, the world’s largest trade fair for books that has spanned over more than 500 years, features many different events, involving new books, sales, contracts, an award-giving ceremony, and other cultural events.
Incheon Mayor Yoo made a speech about the roles of education and culture for local welfare and also about Incheon UNESCO’s World Book Capital 2015 in front of 150 book publishers and government officials involved in education and culture at the book fair on October 8.
The mayor said, “We should not fail to invest our money in education by getting aware that education is the pivotal societal capital. We may fail to get rid of the poverty of the underprivileged without our efforts to upgrade their educational level from the perspective of welfare.”
“Thanks to our unfailing investments in education, South Korea achieved the so-called “Miracle on the Han River” after Korea War and now continues to thrive as the stronghold of semiconductors and IT,” he added.
By Eugene Yu (firstname.lastname@example.org)