Dr. Attayar lectures on Reviving the relations to the books


Seoul : A Saudi scientific and colorful cultural program was kicked off in Seoul, the Korean capital, as part of the Kingdom's participation in Seoul Exhibition and International Book Fair 2012 (SEIBF), where Saudi Arabia was a guest of honor.
The first seminar in the program was on "Reviving the relations to the books in the Kingdom and Korea". The event was attended by  Dr. Musaed Bin Saleh Attayar, Adviser at Ministry of Higher Education and General Supervisor of the Saudi Digital Library, along with a group of Saudi journalists.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Attayar traced the historical background on book publishing in the Kingdom since its inception. He said the establishment of printing presses and distribution of  books free of charge was initiated by King Abdulaziz and his successors as well as princes, businessmen and scholars.
Dr. Attayar also spoke on the Government’s efforts in supporting the publication of books. He concluded his speech by underlining the experience of the Ministry of Higher Education and the pilot projects launched in this regard, including the publication of a thousand scientific theses as part of the translation project and subsequently the Saudi Digital Library project, one of the pilot projects in the Arab world. It represents cross-section of works from different  universities in the Kingdom.
Dr. Attayar also highlighted the role of the private sector and Saudi publishers on promoting the book culture in the Kingdom.