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Indonesia races against time for 2020 London Book Fair

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    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Thu, February 13, 2020   /  05:46 pm
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Books are displayed at the top floor of the Indonesian pavilion at the 2019 London Book Fair.(JP/Devina Heriyanto)

Indonesia has less than a month to prepare for the prestigious London Book Fair (LBF), as the government only recently made the decision confirming its participation. The 2020 LBF will be held from March 10 to 12 at the Olympia exhibition center in London. More than 25,000 publishers, booksellers, librarians and literary agents from over 100 countries are set to attend the fair, making it the second-biggest exhibition after the Frankfurt Book Fair. Indonesia has participated in the event since 2015 with the help of the National Book Committee (KBN) under the Education and Culture Ministry. In 2018, the now-defunct creative economy agency (Bekraf) took the lead after Indonesia was chosen to be the market focus at the book fair. Bekraf, however, was merged into the Tourism and Creative Economy Ministry in a Cabinet restructuring last October, with a number of senior ministry offic...