In August 2015 the IPA General Assembly, comprising representatives from across the IPA membership, granted full member status to the Saudi Publishers Association (SPA). This step, according to SPA chief executive officer, Abdulrahman Alhamdan, immediately gave the SPA greater clout at home, and gave fresh impetus to its interactions with the Saudi government — particularly over freedom to publish.

In October 2015 the IPA General Assembly voted to grant the Academic and Creative Publishers Association of Bangladesh (ACPAB) IPA membership. It was a move that took the IPA's reach deeper into Asia via a country where language and the written word underpin the very identity of the nation.

from The Bookseller by Sheikha Bodour Al Qasimi

I have always believed in the positive impact that dialogue has on narrowing divides and bringing about sustainable change, and it is for this reason that the Emirates Publishers Association (EPA) sought full membership in the International Publishers Association (IPA) soon after its creation.

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