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African Publishers Network, established in 1992, brings together national publishers associations and publishing communities to strengthen indigenous publishing throughout Africa. APNET is a pan-African, non-profit making network with a Secretariat in Accra, Ghana.


APNET's vision is to transform African peoples through books.


APNET's mission is to strengthen African publishing through networking, training and trade promotion to fully meet Africa's need for quality books relevant to African social, political, economic and cultural reality.


African Publishers Network (APNET) was founded by think-tank African publishers from 9 countries at a conference in Harare, Zimbabwe in 1992. Before that, no publishers knew exactly what their counterparts were really doing elsewhere in Africa, including neighbouring countries. In short, communications on books and publishing within Africa were in a wilderness. After several conferences and seminars focused on solving the problems within the African publishing and book trade industry, it was concluded that the need for networking as a means of information-sharing became paramount. It was necessary to set up an umbrella body which would be a network of publishers in Africa. Thus the formation of African Publishers Network in 1992 with their headquarters in Harare, Zimbabwe. It relocated from Zimbabwe to Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire. Due to the political instability in Cote D’Ivoire, APNET’s headquarters is now in Accra, Ghana being hosted by the Ghana Book Publishers Association.


The Objectives of APNET are:

  • To create an information gathering system on the major processes and developments in African publishing;
  •  To publish and distribute a regular newsletter in English, French and Portuguese to every national publishers’ association, to publishers, booksellers, libraries and other book-related projects and institutions in Africa, to interested organizations throughout the world, to donors to African publishing and NGOs engaged in publishing support and collaboration in Africa, and to interested individuals;
  • To investigate training needs for publishing in Africa and to formulate and implement policy and strategy on the co-ordination and consolidation of training resources, curricula, infrastructure and funding throughout Africa and across the entire range of training requirements for publishing;
  • To engage in discussions with the international and donor community for co-ordinating training resources;
  • To guide the implementation of training in Africa and to report to the African publishing community;
  • To accelerate the process of intra-African trading in books, in printing and in licensing and of direct trading co-operation and collaboration between publishers in different African countries.
  • To initiate and develop policy studies on the expansion and economic development of the publishing industries in Africa and to formulate strategies that can be employed by governments, donors, banks and lenders, overseas partners and African publishers and their associations;
  • To communicate such policy positions and strategies to groups as set out in 3.7 above and to counteract particular activities of any of these groups seen as counter-productive to the interests of indigenous publishing industries in Africa;
  • To assist in the creation and strengthening of national publishers’ associations in Africa;
  • To work towards formal establishment of an African publishers’ association noting that APNET is the interim body of such a union;
  • To take all measures deemed necessary to support, promote and protect indigenous African publishing and to further co-operation and communication between African publishers;
  • To represent all members’ interests by dealing collectively with all problems as appropriate;
  • To co-operate for mutual benefit with other organizations concerned with the development of indigenous publishing in Africa;
  • To serve as a forum for the interchange of ideas with respect to matters of interest to indigenous publishers in Africa;
  • To promote book fairs and other book trade events which serve the interests of indigenous publishing industries publishing industries in Africa;
  • To support subscription to international conventions and standards where these serve national interests;
  • To influence legislation which promotes the free flow of books across borders and to urge implementations of the said conventions and standards;
  • To participate in international or national conferences, seminars and meetings where these serve the interests of indigenous in Africa;
  • African Publishers Network, established in 1992, brings together national publishers associations and publishing communities to strengthen indigenous publishing throughout Africa. APNET is a pan-African, non-profit making network with a Secretariat in Accra, Ghana.
  • To co-operate with any other organisations with similar objectives to APNET.


•    Mr. Samuel Kolawole – Chairman (Nigeria)
•    Mr. Mohammed Radi – Vice Chairman (Egypt)
•    Mr. Lawrence Njagi – Treasurer (Kenya)
•    Mr. Asare Konadu Yamoah – Member (Ghana)
•    Mr. David Kibuuka – Member (Uganda)
•    Mrs. Gaulphine Nyirenda – Member (Malawi)
•    Mrs. Christiane T. Ekue - Member (Togo)

  • Mr. Ernest Oppong – Acting Executive Director (Ex-Officio)


  • Agence Intergovernementale Francophonie (AIF) – France
  • Prince Claus Funds for Culture and Development – Netherlands
  • Royal Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs (DANIDA) – Denmark
  • DFID / ADEA – UK
  • Dutch Cultural Cooperation, Education & Research Department
  • NORAD (Royal Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs) – Norway
  • The Rockefeller Foundation – USA
  • Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency – Sweden
  • HIVOS – Hague
  • Commission de l’ Union Africaine
  • Agence Intergouvenemental de la Francophonie – France
  • Ford Foundation – USA
  • Bureau Regional de l’UNESCO – Ghana
  • UNESCO – France
  • NEPAD Secretariat – South Africa
  • Ministre, Delegue General au NEPAD – Senegal
  • INWENT, Chef de division de l’Education – Germany
  • ADEA – France
  • African Development Bank – Ghana