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Maureen Masamba, John Yohane in African Publishers Network Board

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Copyright Society of Malawi (Cosoma) Board Chairperson Maureen Masamba has been elected honorary secretary in the new African Publishers Network Board alongside John Yohane from Claim Mabuku, who is a member.

The chairperson for the new board, Lawrence Ngagi, posted this on his social media page.

African Publishers Network is a pan-African, non-profit, collaborative network that exists to connect African publishing associations in order to exchange information, promote and strengthen indigenous publishing.

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Both Masamba and Yohane confirmed the development.

“I have been elected Honorary Secretary to serve in the Executive Board, and John Yohane of Claim will sit on the board as a member to represent Central African countries (Malawi, Zimbabwe and Zambia),” Masamba said.

She said the development was an opportunity for the country’s publishing industry to benefit from shared experiences with other countries.

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“Publishing industries in Africa have similar challenges and issues, among others lack of book policies, copyright issues and unavailability of markets and, so, African Publishers Network provides a front for collective advocacy and lobbying with governments,” Masamba said.

Yohane said their being elected into the board strengthens the country’s publishing industry in that information shared to Malawian publishers through the network helps the local publisher to lobby government for productive policies like those working in other African countries.

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