Theme for 2017 is – “Making the Book Pay!”. The Zimbabwe International Book Fair have been set for 31 July – 5 August 2017 while The Indaba Conference is slated for 31 July and 1 August.
This Theme was selected from several possibilities that were recommended by participants through the 2016 Indaba Evaluation Forms. The ZIBFA Executive leadership concurred with the suggested theme, “Making the Book Pay” as it is topical and adequately speaks to today’s national, regional and international development agendas listed below:
- Zimbabwe Agenda for Sustainable Socio-Economic Transformation (Zim Asset):
Towards an Empowered Society and a Growing Economy;
- Africa Agenda 2063: The Africa We Want; and
- The UN 2030 SDGs: Transforming Our World.
The ‘PAY’ in wealth creation connotes eradication of poverty through reading. It also enables the following:
- Inculcating the reading habit and sustaining reading skill in young people, hence it PAYS to Read so that we maintain high literacy levels;
- Reading enables people to realize their aspirations and successes through education and to advance themselves;
- Increasing food security and nutrition;
- Eradicating diseases i.e. HIV and Aids and other communicable diseases;
- Improving child immortality;
- Increasing revenue inflows for the Book Industry players thereby creating or generating wealth from, author/publisher/bookseller perspective;
- Alleviating poverty;
- Contributing towards employment creation;
- Providing equitable access to information for all; and
- Reading and access to information addresses the development agendas.
Making the Book Pay! was therefore deliberately made broad and/or not confined to any particular sector so that it allows varying viewpoints from many presenters on the above-listed possibilities.