JAKARTA – Indonesian Publishers Association (Ikapi) and the Indonesian Agency for Creative Economy (BEKRAF) have successfully held the Kick Off of “Indonesia Partnership Program” (IPP). IPP is one of a series of programs from the Indonesia International Book Fair (IIBF) 2019 which is expected to increase sales of copyright of books from Indonesia to foreign countries.

The Kick Off began with a Sharing Session by Shera Diva Sihbudi from Mizan Group, Wedha Stratesti from Gramedia Group, and Andik Prayogo from re:ON Comics. In this session all three shared stories when they succeeded in selling rights and also practical tips so that foreign publishers were interested in buying works from Indonesia.

The activity continued with the signing of the “Indonesia Partnership Program” by Director of Foreign Market Development of BEKRAF, Boni Pudjianto and President of Ikapi, Rosidayati Rozalina. “The government will continue to support so that this activity can be one of the drivers for the publishing sector in Indonesia to rise to the next level,” said Boni, Thursday (18/7). He also hopes that more and more works of Indonesian writers are known abroad.

The next session was a joint session with LitRI Translation Funding Program by Anton Kurnia and also the IPP committee on technical and tips on selling rights in business matchmaking. IPP Chair Amalia Safitri said this activity was an effort to make Indonesia a center of copyright trading in the Asia Pacific region and more books from Indonesia were bought by other countries.

IPP became the first international program in the 39th Indonesian International Book Fair (IIBF) this year. The program which will take place on 3-6 September 2019 has 3 packages, namely Gold, Silver and Bronze. Each IPP participant will take part in a series of activities including opening ceremony at IIBF, dinner with the Governor of DKI Jakarta, seminars and workshops, getting a rights table at the “Indonesia Rights Fair” and joining executive programs.

In line with the increasing sales of copyrighted Indonesian book translations to foreign publishers, IPP has engaged 45 countries from the Southeast Asia, East Asia, South Asia, North America and Europe to participate in this program so that Indonesia’s success at the London Book Fair (LBF) ) in March 2019 could repeat itself.