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About 60 events held as part of CIS Year of Book

Society 09.12.2019 | 17:31
Viktor Guminsky. An archive photo
Viktor Guminsky. An archive photo

BREST, 9 December (BelTA) – About 60 major events have been arranged in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) as part of the CIS Year of Book, First Deputy Chairman of the CIS Executive Committee Viktor Guminsky told reporters at the joint session of the CIS Humanitarian Cooperation Council and the

Board of the CIS Interstate Humanitarian Cooperation Fund in Brest , BelTA has learned.

“After the CIS heads of state declared 2019 the Year of Book, a lot of book-related projects were implemented in the CIS. About 60 major book events were held in our countries, including contests, fairs, exhibitions, festivals and conferences. The CIS Executive Committee arranged a mobile exhibition dedicated to the history of book publishing in the member states. This exhibition traveled across many of the member states,” Viktor Guminsky said.

He noted that the agenda of the 9 December session is very busy. In addition to taking stock of the year 2019, it is necessary to outline some plans for the future. “In our view, it would be relevant to set up a commission of historians and archivists who would challenge attempts to distort our common history. It is also important to discuss CIS themes for years to come, Kyrgyzstan's proposal to grant the status of the CIS Capital of Culture to Karakol in 2022. Another important matter is drafting a plan of priority humanitarian cooperation measures for 2021-2022,” Viktor Guminsky said.

It has already become a tradition in the CIS to hold various thematic events every year and to grant the CIS Capital of Culture status to cities in order to give them more limelight. “This interstate program has become a remarkable and popular project. It has already been implemented in many CIS states,” Viktor Guminsky said.

In 2019 Brest held the CIS Capital of Culture status. On 9 December this status was passed to Shymkent in Kazakhstan.

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