New dates announced for WAN-IFRA India 2020 Conference

The event will be held in Chennai on 23-24 September

The India event will be held a week after the World News Media Congress

WAN-IFRA India 2020, the 28th edition of WAN-IFRA’s annual conference in India, initially planned for 16-17 September, is now rescheduled to 23-24 September, in Chennai. The India event will be held a week after the World News Media Congress.

WAN-IFRA India 2020, South Asia’s largest gathering of news publishers is being designed to reflect the ‘new normal’ the news publishing industry is getting accustomed to. The event will feature Future of News Summit, a forward-looking event to discuss strategies, best practices, and challenges in the news publishing business.

The Printing Summit for print production managers will be held in parallel. While both ‘Future of News Summit’ and ‘Printing Summit’ will be held on 23-24 September,

The Women in News Summit, a platform to discuss women’s leadership and voice in news, will be held on 22 September, the pre-conference day.

The conference has currently opened a call for speakers and topic suggestions. The 2019 edition of the conference was held in Delhi and attracted over 350 delegates.

Apart from the main sessions, WAN-IFRA India 2020 will also offer a limited number of expo booths and networking dinner. The expo booth booking has already started.

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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