Wan-Ifra to hold world news media Congress 2023 in Taiwan

This will be the 74th installment and will be held from 28 to 30 June 2023

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The winners were awarded at a ceremony in Singapore on 3 November

Wan-Ifra will organize the 2023 World News Media Congress(WNMC) in partnership with United Daily News Group (UDN), one of Taiwan’s leading media and technology companies. The event will take place at Taipei’s Nangang exhibition center, in the newly opened Hall 2. 

The World News Media Congress is more than a conference – it includes a host of targeted events for the communities that make up the news media business, including the World Media Leaders Summit, the World Editors Forum and the Women in News Summit.

“It is an honor for us to organize the 2023 Congress in partnership with UDN and our Taiwanese colleagues. Taiwan is a hub for the entire Asia Pacific and an ideal place for our international delegates to experience the wealth of the Asia Pacific media landscape. Taiwan’s democratic institutions have shown resilience despite growing political interference from China. To be in Taiwan in 2023 is a statement in support of democracy and a free press at a time of high international tensions. The world’s press must show its support”, said Vincent Peyrègne, Wan-Ifra CEO.

Duncan Wang, Chairman of UDN, said, “This event has not been held in Asia since 2013 in Bangkok, and the past decade has witnessed unprecedented challenges in world politics and economics. The Congress will be a great opportunity for media leaders to revisit Asia and reflect on new trends in quality journalism that have emerged since the outbreak of the global pandemic.”

Taiwan ranked as the eighth-strongest democracy in the world last year, according to the Economist Intelligence Unit’s new 2021 Democracy Index, and as the second strongest in Asia and Australasia, even as democracies elsewhere continue to struggle. EIU rankings are based on five key metrics: electoral process and pluralism, functioning of government, political participation, political culture and civil liberties. Taiwan has a highly digitized population of 24 million who embrace mobile technology and innovation – which has enabled the country to manage the COVID-19 pandemic exceptionally well.

2023 promises an interesting ride for print in India

Indian Printer and Publisher founded in 1979 is the oldest B2B trade publication in the multi-platform and multi-channel IPPGroup. While the print and packaging industries have been resilient in the past 33 months since the pandemic lockdown of 25 March 2020, the commercial printing and newspaper industries have yet to recover their pre-Covid trajectory.

The fragmented commercial printing industry faces substantial challenges as does the newspaper industry. While digital short-run printing and the signage industry seem to be recovering a bit faster, ultimately their growth will also be moderated by the progress of the overall economy. On the other hand book printing exports are doing well but they too face several supply-chain and logistics challenges.

The price of publication papers including newsprint has been high in the past year while availability is diminished by several mills shutting down their publication paper and newsprint machines in the past four years. Indian paper mills are also exporting many types of paper and have raised prices for Indian printers. To some extent, this has helped in the recovery of the digital printing industry with its on-demand short-run and low-wastage paradigm.

Ultimately digital print and other digital channels 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. For instance, there is no alternative to a rise in textbook consumption but this segment will only reach normality in the next financial year beginning on 1 April 2023.

Thus while the new normal is a moving target and many commercial printers look to diversification, we believe that our target audiences may shift and change. Like them, we will also have to adapt with agility to keep up with their business and technical information needs.

Our 2023 media kit is ready, and it is the right time to take stock and reconnect with your potential markets and customers. Print is the glue for the growth of liberal education, new industry, and an emerging economy. We seek your participation in what promises to be an interesting ride.

– Naresh Khanna

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