Mexico and Costa Rica explore cooperation in culture and knowledge sectors with Sharjah

  • Ahmed al-Ameri: “Sharjah is the window through which the world sees Emirati and Arab cultural achievements.
  • Luis Alfonso d’Alba: “Sharjah has a prestigious reputation as one of the best cultural cities in the world.”
  • Ruben Sales: “We look forward to harnessing Sharjah’s expertise in developing the book industry.

Sharjah: HE Ahmed bin Rakkad Al Ameri, Chairman of the Sharjah Book Authority (SBA), recently hosted HE Luis Alfonso de Alba Góngora, Ambassador of Mexico to the United Arab Emirates, to discuss the ongoing preparations marking the celebration of Sharjah as guest of honor at the next 36th edition of the Guadalajara International Book Fair in November 2022.

The SBA President also met with Ruben Sales, Coordinator of Economic, Public and Cultural Diplomacy at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Worship of Costa Rica, and Francisco J. Chacón Hernández, Ambassador of the Republic of Costa Rica to the UAE, marking the first official visit to the SBA by Costa Rican officials.

During the meeting with the Mexican Ambassador, the two sides discussed bilateral cultural cooperation to foster the exchange of knowledge and expertise and strengthen translation movements between Arabic and Latin cultures.

The SBA President and Costa Rican officials discussed opportunities for cooperation between the Authority and relevant entities in Costa Rica to ensure increased participation of publishers and authors in international events organized by both parties.

Al Ameri discussed SBA’s potential participation in the Costa Rican International Book Fair and the strengthening of cultural ties between the two parties, particularly in the publishing and library sectors, in addition to participation in many major cultural events.

The guests were given a tour of the SBA headquarters, where they were briefed on the various activities and programs conducted throughout the year and introduced to the services offered by the Sharjah International Literary Agency (SILA).

Commenting on the visits, HE Ahmed bin Rakkad Al Ameri said that Sharjah is the center of the Arab cultural movement and a window for civilizations to learn more about the cultural achievements and heritage of the Emirates and the Arab people. He pointed out that the cultural status of the emirate is the result of the vision of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, who believes that culture is the most powerful foundation for connect nations and peoples to each other. .

He added, “SBA believes in the cross-cultural similarities that unite nations and motivate societies to benefit from cultural exchange. This is the foundation of our cultural cooperation discussions with Mexico and Costa Rica. that books are a gateway to the exploration of creative works that contribute to enriching local cultures.

For his part, HE Luis Alfonso de Alba, Ambassador of Mexico to the United Arab Emirates, pointed out that Sharjah’s planned participation as guest of honor at the 36th Guadalajara International Book Fair will provide an excellent opportunity for visitors and guests from the Americas explore the rich UAE and Arab cultures and enrich their minds with contemporary works from the Arab world.

The Ambassador noted that Sharjah’s cultural efforts at local and regional levels have placed the emirate on the global cultural map through its international participation and hosting of publishers and authors from around the world at the Fair. Sharjah Book International.

Commenting on the visit, Ruben Sales expressed his joy at visiting the SBA headquarters and learning about its activities. He stressed that Costa Rican cultural institutions look forward to partnering with Sharjah, especially in organizing exhibitions and cultural exchanges, in addition to benefiting from the emirate’s vast experience and expertise in the publishing sector and the sale of copyrights and trademarks.


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