The move comes as part of the government's initiative to keep up with technological development and digital transformation, according to the minister.
The forum will showcase the lessons of successful social media influencers for those who want to start their own projects, according to the minister, he added.
El-Kilani made the announcement Monday, during a press conference at Al-Manara Exhibition Centre, where he provided specific details about this year’s fair.
Taking place over 80,000 square meters, the fair will host 1,047 publishers, which is 16 less than last year.
Of the total number, 707 are Egyptian, while 340 are from foreign countries, including some – like Hungary and the Dominican Republic – who are making their first appearance.
Moreover, this year’s edition will see the return of many countries and institutions after years of absence, including Eritrea, India, Ghana, Kuwait, Morocco, the African Publishers Network, the Kuwaiti Research and Studies Centre and the Emirates Centre for Strategic Studies and Research.
The fair will also feature a 45 square metre wing for startup publishers, including nine Egyptian publishers, that did not fulfill the publications' number requirements needed for participation.
It was previously announced by the Ministry of Culture that the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan will be this year’s guest of honour.
In addition, the late Egyptian poet Salah Jaheen will be this year’s personality, while the Egyptian writer Kamel Kilani, who has pioneered children’s literature across the Arab world, will be the personality of the year at the children’s exhibition.
This year’s fair will run from 25 January to 6 February at the International Exhibition Centre in New Cairo. Starting on the 26th, it will be open daily from 10am to 8pm, except on Fridays and Saturdays when it will close at 9pm.
Those wishing to attend the fair can register electronically on the fair’s website.