Mexico will be the guest of honor of the XVI edition of the International Book Fair of Venezuela (Filven), to be held in 2020, President Nicolás Maduro announced.
The president made the announcement during the closing of the 2019 edition of the cultural event, which broke visitor records, since 717 thousand 470 people attended this year's edition, almost 20 thousand more than those registered in 2018.
Maduro thanked the guest of honor of 2019, China, and announced that Mexico will be the next to occupy that site, a country with which a cultural cooperation agreement was also signed.
Ernesto Villegas, Minister of Culture of Venezuela, highlighted as part of the agreement the reopening of the Mexican bookstore of the Fund of Economic Culture (FCE) located in Sabana Grande, Caracas, which will operate in coordination with the Librerías del Sur Foundation.
This year, a cultural cooperation agreement with China was also signed, which will allow the development of a Chinese book center at the Simón Rodríguez Library.
The editorial goal for 2020 is to produce 10 million printed books, Maduro said at the close of this year's International Book Fair, which was attended by 16 countries, including Cuba, Nicaragua and India.
The fair included a tribute to the Venezuelan poet Luis Alberto Crespo, current president of the Ayacucho Library Foundation, a historical bibliographic collection that brings together some of the main voices of Latin American literature.