M’sia hosts 2018 World Library and Information Congress, event to spur RM44.4mil in earnings

KUALA LUMPUR: The country is expected to generate RM44.4 mil from the 84th International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) World Library and Information Congress (WLIC). Malaysia Convention and Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB) chief executive officer, Datuk Zulkefli Sharif, said the IFLA WLIC 2018, which will be held in Kuala Lumpur from in Aug 24 to 30, 2018 speaks volume of Malaysia’s capabilities in hosting world-class events. “The hosting of the IFLA WLIC 2018 in Malaysia underscores the huge potential of the Malaysian education market as far as our nation’s growth is concerned for the library and information services sector. “Themed ‘Transform Societies, Transform Libraries’, there is a growing appetite for education tools and materials that will help improve the learning capacity of the communities and families,” he said during a press conference at the National Library here today,” he said here today Zulkefli added that the congress next year is expected to attract 3,000 to 4,000 delegates from more than 100 countries and generate RM44.4mil as this is a prestigious international professional and trade event for the library and information services sector. In fact, Malaysia is the third country among the Asean member states to host the IFLA WLIC after Thailand in 1999 and Singapore in 2013. Tourism and Culture Ministry secretary-general, Datuk Ab Ghaffar A Tambi said, the objectives of hosting the conference were to strengthen the country’s professional leadership in promoting libraries and librarianship at national, regional and international levels. “It is also to provide an opportunity for Malaysian librarians to showcase and share the best practices in the field of librarianship, information management and information communications technology (ICT),” he said. Among the activities that will be conducted during the seven-day congress include satellite meetings, library visits, a library boulevard, cultural night and an international trade exhibition with almost 100 exhibitors from all over the world. The winning bid for the congress was led by the Librarians Association of Malaysia (PPM) and National Library of Malaysia (PNM) with support from MyCEB, the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) and the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC).

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