WAN-IFRA India 2017 in its silver jubilee edition

The conference returns to Chennai after 5 years

Shanth Kumar
KN Shanth Kumar of the Printers Mysore inaugurating the in-person Wan-Ifra Indian Printers Summit Photo IPP

The much awaited annual meeting point of the news publishing industry in South Asia, WAN-IFRA India 2017, is scheduled to be held from 12 to 14 September 2017 in Chennai. The event returns to Chennai after a gap of five years and also marks the silver jubilee for WAN-IFRA India Conferences—the first having been organized in 1993, in Chennai. The conference expects to attract more than 400 decision makers, including managing directors, chief executive officers, editors, production directors and other senior executives from the industry.

For the silver jubilee edition, a new and refreshing format of the event is planned. First, the event will bring ‘World Editors Forum – South Asia Summit’ for the first time to India. The popular Printing Summit Conference, two preconference workshops, networking dinners and an expo will complete the event. Considering the demand to be closer to the conference venue, the expo will have limited number of booths interconnected with the conference. The venue chosen for the event—ITC Grand Chola—is the largest and most modern hotel in Chennai. 

The pre-conference workshops will take place on 12 September at the same venue. A visit to a modern printing plant in Chennai is also planned on the final day of the event. The conference offers various sponsorship opportunities for suppliers to highlight their presence and brand image. Regular updates about the event will be available at the website, http:// www.wan-ifra.org/india2017, and at WAN-IFRA India’s Facebook page.

WAN-IFRA is the global organization of the world’s newspapers and news publishers, representing more than 18,000 publications, 15,000 online sites and over 3,000 companies in more than 120 countries. Its core mission is to defend and promote press freedom, quality journalism and editorial integrity, and the development of prosperous businesses.

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