WAN-IFRA World Media Congress 2020 in Zaragoza

New dates announced

WAN-IFRA World Media Congress 2020 in Zaragoza

A recent press release from WAN-IFRA said, “As an industry, we need to urgently meet to discuss the COVID-19 crisis and its devastating impact on our businesses. But it would have been inconceivable to hold this exchange safely in June at the scheduled World News Media Congress.

As our primary concern and responsibility is the health and safety of our delegates, speakers and partners, we have opted to postpone the event to the new dates of 17 to 19 September 2020, in Zaragoza. In the meantime, we will be hosting virtual meetings online to ensure the industry’s concerns are heard and where possible, acted on. Solidarity in action is more important than ever in these times of turmoil.

The Zaragoza event will retain these programme elements; World Digital Revenue Forum, World Editors Forum, Women in News Summit. I hope you will join our virtual meetups and make it to Zaragoza where we will set a new baseline for the future of the industry.”

The Covid-19 pandemic led to the country-wide lockdown on 25 March 2020. It will be two years tomorrow as I write this. What have we learned in this time? Maybe the meaning of resilience since small companies like us have had to rely on our resources and the forbearance of our employees as we have struggled to produce our trade platforms.

The print and packaging industries have been fortunate, although the commercial printing industry is still to recover. We have learned more about the digital transformation that affects commercial printing and packaging. Ultimately digital will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future.

Web analytics show that we now have readership in North America and Europe amongst the 90 countries where our five platforms reach. Our traffic which more than doubled in 2020, has at times gone up by another 50% in 2021. And advertising which had fallen to pieces in 2020 and 2021, has started its return since January 2022.

As the economy approaches real growth with unevenness and shortages a given, we are looking forward to the PrintPack India exhibition in Greater Noida. We are again appointed to produce the Show Daily on all five days of the show from 26 to 30 May 2022.

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