President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday (Sep. 10) inaugurated the Colombo International Book Fair 2014 at the Sirimavo Bandaranaike Exhibition Centre premises amidst a large number of book publishers in the country and overseas.
This book fair has 375 stalls of both local and overseas publishers and is expected to attract some one million book fans.
Book publishers representing India, China and the United States are participating in the Colombo International Book fair 2014 which is one of the largest book exhibitions in the South Asian region.
The Association has set up a Scholarship Fund to provide financial assistance to less privileged schoolchildren and the university students by charging an entry fee from those visiting the exhibition.
President Rajapaksa presented seven scholarships to seven students at the inauguration ceremony and visited the stalls.
He also visited the stall of Technology and Research Minister Patali Champaka Ranawaka. The Minister presented several books including his latest Balaya saha Balaya.
The book fair will be opened till September 16.
Over 110 representatives from China participated in the book fair and they are running a large exhibition stall at the Book fair premises. Chairman of the Sri Lanka Book Publishers Association Vijitha Yapa said that the Chinese Government has come forward to translate Sri Lankan books into Chinese and the Chinese books into Sinhala.
He said that his Association will have two stalls at the prestigious Beijing Book fair and it will be a great opportunity for Sri Lankan book publishers.