INCM hosts the 9th Meeting of Official Portuguese Language Printing Offices

April 28, 2014

The INCM hosts the 9th Meeting of Official Portuguese Language Printing Offices (IOLP in Portuguese), which took place in the Imprensa Nacional Library between the 23rd and the 26th of April.

The meeting brought together managers of the official printing offices of Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique and São Tomé and Príncipe, as well as of the Brazilian states of Alagoas, Amazónia, Bahia, Mato Grosso, Pará, Pernambuco, Rio Grande do Norte, Pernambuco and São Paulo and the Brazilian Association of Official Printing Offices, who shared their experiences and sought to forge closer ties of multilateral cooperation.

Participants toured the Imprensa Nacional (Portuguese Official Printing Office) facilities and drew up the Lisbon Charter, a document summarising the main results and conclusions of the 9th Meeting of Official Portuguese Language Printing Offices.

By ratifying this document, the IOLP representatives undertook to expand multilateral cooperation and restated the importance of official journals, as they ensure the perpetuity of their governments' laws and guarantee the sense of unity of official information. In addition, they ensure the transparency of public institutions, and their acts and provisions; the representatives highlighted their belief that it is impossible to conceive a democratic republican society without solid official printing.

The IOLP representatives also undertook to defend the convergence of electronic and paper formats and to provide incentives for the creation of printing museums in each member state; to encourage co-publications aimed at promoting and disseminating the Portuguese language; to defend the editorial vocation of official printing offices; to exchange the major titles published and to exchange classics of Portuguese literature.

The Lisbon Charter also sets out their intention to intensify and forge closer institutional relationships between the IOLPs as a means of maintaining an exchange of knowledge, including technical training; the participants proposed the state of Bahia, in the Federal Republic of Brazil, as the venue for the 10th Meeting of the IOLP, to be held in May 2015.

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