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Alfred Msadala re-elected Bpam president

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Renowned writer and poet Alfred Msadala was recently re-elected Book Publishers Association of Malawi (Bpam) president during an Annual General Meeting held in Blantyre.

His re-election also comes on the backdrop of his receiving a Supreme Council of Culture Award in Cairo, Egypt recently where he also went to present a paper on Language and Identity at the Cairo International Conference on the Interaction of African Cultures.

Msadala, who is also a Literary Talk columnist in The Sunday Times, which is published by Times Group served the first term for a period of two years and will thus be serving his second term of another two years.

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The other members making up the Bpam executive council include Andrew Chisamba who is the general secretary and will also be serving the second term on the same position and Treasurer Samuel Kalea. The committee members are Gaulphine Nyirenda and Constantine Simwaka.

Msadala said with a lot of changes on the ground, Bpam will be going through a lot of changes both in trade and culture.

“As Bpam we need to adapt to this change and make sure that we stand out. We are making strides but we are also experiencing a lot of challenges and so we will be reviewing our strategic plan for the next five years which will focus on the challenges of climate change, environment and entrepreneurship among others,” he said.

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Msadala said as Bpam they will also be working on satisfying the education sector as regards the new syllabus which saw the curriculum centre, Malawi Institute of Education, announcing fresh submissions to fill the gaps whose deadline was November last year.

Msadala said the publishers have been working hard on the project which will see the new curriculum rolling out in September, 2015 starting with Form One.

Bpam has also made progress introducing Holograms on book whose purpose is on protection.

Msadala also said that Bpam has still spread its wings running the Reading circles aimed at encouraging the reading culture in the country.

“We have two more centres in the Reading Circles established in Mwanza and Neno. This is in addition to the two that were established at Jalo Primary School in Nkhotakota and Mlonda Secondary School in Nsanje,” said Msadala.

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