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INDIA Designated as the GUEST COUNTRY at Paris Book Fair in 2020

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India has been designated as the Guest of Honour at Paris Livre (Paris Book Fair) in 2020 (20-
23 March). National Book Trust, India (under Ministry of HRD, Govt. of India) is the nodal
agency coordinating the Guest Country Presentation at the Book Fair. The designation of
India as the Guest Country was declared in the Joint Statement signed between the Hon'ble
Prime Minister of India and the Hon'ble President of France during the latter's visit to India
in February 2018. The Joint Statement also mentions that France will be the Guest Country
at the New Delhi World Book Fair 2022.
As a follow-up to the next year's Guest of Honour Presentation at Paris Book fair, the
National Book Trust, India participated in the recently concluded Paris Book Fair 2019 (15-18
March), held at Paris Expo, Porte de Versailles, Paris. From the National Book Trust, India, a
two-member delegation were present at the book fair – Dr Rita Chowdhury, Director and
Mr Kumar Vikram, Editor & Project In-charge. The National Book Trust, India delegates also
called on the Hon’ble Ambassador of India to France, Mr Vinay Mohan Kwatra, at the
Embassy of India in Paris, to brief him about India’s Guest Country Project at Livre Paris
2020. The Hon’ble Ambassador was also presented a copy of the NBT publication ‘Gandhi:
The Writer’ authored by Bhabhani Bhattacharya.
On the final day of the fair, in a formal ceremony, Mr. Vincent Montagne, President of
'French Publishers Association' (SNE), the organisers of the Livre Paris, announced the
participation of India as Guest Country in the next edition of Livre Paris. Dr Rita Chowdhury
thanked Mr Montagne and expressed NBT's commitment to showcase a grand presentation
of India as Guest Country in Livre Paris 2020. Mr Kumar Vikram and Mr Naman Upadhyay,
Press and Culture Attaché, Embassy of India to France were also present on the occasion.
Mr Upadhyay spoke on behalf of the Embassy of India at the event.


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