19 September 2011
Singapore selected as location for WLIC 2013!
During the Closing Session in San Juan, Puerto Rico on 18 August, IFLA President Ellen Tise officially announced the host location for the 2013 World Library and Information Congress
After the announcement, Elaine Ng, Chief Executive Officer of the National Library Board, Singapore and Chair of the 2013 WLIC National Committee told delegates:
"The IFLA Congress is an important flagship professional event for the international library and information services sector as it is a key platform for library and information professionals from all over the world to exchange ideas, share knowledge, and renew the camaraderie that has come to represent the IFLA family.
As such, it is with great humility and honour that I accept on behalf of the National Library Board and the Library Association of Singapore, the hosting of the 79th IFLA Congress in 2013. Singapore's bid to host the 2013 edition of the Congress is a significant milestone for it marks the first time that Singapore is hosting this prestigious event.
We had received very strong support from several of our government agencies such as the Singapore Tourism Board, Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts; and Ministry of Foreign Affairs. I think this shows how much we value and treasure this opportunity to host the Congress.
We will certainly endeavour to provide all participants with an enriching & memorable professional experience, and at the same time, seek to create a compelling Singapore experience for our visitors. Singapore has a unique cultural mix, created by people of various races, religions, cultures and languages. We welcome you to immerse yourselves in the rich vibrancy of sights, sounds, tastes and enjoy the colourful cultural tapestry that has come to represent Singapore."
Short video presentation on Singapore: