Prime Minister Muhammad Shiaa Al-Sudani confirmed that, no matter how advanced technology is and how widespread the electronic book is, the book still has a special taste, which contributed to changing minds and raising generations.
A statement from his media office stated that Al-Sudani opened, today, Sunday, the twenty-fourth Baghdad International Book Fair.
Al-Sudani said in his speech during the opening: “Interest in the book, its industry, and its writer has multiplied these days in particular, due to the challenges facing reading and books in general, indicating that there is a lot of complaint about the lack of reading and the attempt of modern technologies and social media to pull the rug out of the paper book.”
He explained, “The Baghdad International Book Fair represents a dose of wellness for books, reading, and knowledge, and no matter how advanced technology is, and how widespread e-books are, books still have a special taste, as they have contributed to changing minds and raising generations.”
He added: “The government will remain supportive of cultural affairs, based on its duty and program to build Iraq.”
He continued: Many measures will be taken to facilitate the mission of Iraqi publishing houses. In support of cultural and enlightenment action, we will issue interest-free loans to publishing houses, and we will also support the main book fairs in Iraq.”
Source: National Iraqi News Agency