The Afro-Asian Book Council was set up in New Delhi in February 1990 as a non-profit NGO with the main objective of achieving intellectual self-reliance through mutual assistance and cooperation between Africa and Asia in authorship and publishing.


The Afro-Asian Book Council is organizing Book exhibitions and Author development workshops at national and international levels, book industry training programmes, seminars, consultations and annual conferences on book-related themes in Asia and Africa, facilitating flow of books and Rights with a view to promoting indigenous authorship and publishing.


As of 1st January 2015, the Council has 150 annual members and 30 life members on its roll. The council has got members from following countries:


Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania and Zimbabwe.


Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Iran, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, Nepal, Pakistan, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Philippines and UAE.


Outside the Afro-Asian region the Council has Associate Members in Canada, Germany, The Netherlands, Russia, UK and USA.