JAKARTA – Indonesian Publishers Association (Ikapi) launched the “Indonesia Partnership Program” to stimulate the sale of copyright of Indonesian books abroad. With the support of the Indonesian Agency for Creative Economy (Bekraf), Indonesian and foreign publishers will meet at the Indonesia International Book Fair (IIBF) in September 2019.

As a sign of the commencement of the “Indonesia Partnership Program”, Ikapi held the Kick Off and Sharing Session on July 18, 2019, in Jakarta. The event presented book industry players who had been active in copyright transactions as speakers. President of Ikapi Rosidayati Rozalina, Chair of the IIBF 2019 Committee Djadja Subagdja, and IPP Chair Amalia B Safitri hosted the event. Participants came from publishers and other stakeholders in publishing.

“With IPP, it is expected that more translation rights of books from Indonesia will be purchased by other countries,” Amalia said. This activity also aims to make Indonesia a center of copyright trading in the Asia Pacific region.

Joshua Puji Mulia Simandjuntak, Bekraf’s Deputy Marketing, said the IPP is held to encourage the publishing sector in Indonesia to rise to the next level. “The more works of Indonesian writers are known abroad is the main thing,” he said. The government will continue supporting the business by sponsoring overseas publishers who want to buy rights of Indonesian works.

With “Kick Off” on July 18, the IPP became the first international program in the 39th Indonesia International Book Fair (IIBF) this year. The program will take place September 3-6, 2019, and is a follow-up to Indonesia’s success stories at the London Book Fair (LBF) last March. At LBF 2019, there were translation rights of 23 Indonesian titles purchased by foreign publishers on the spot. The following impact, until July 2019, there have been translation rights of 114 titles of Indonesian works bought by foreign countries.