Ghana Book Development Council

The Ghana Book Development Council (GBDC) was established on 20 August, 1975, as an operating agency under the Ministry of Education. The official notice about the setting up of the Council by Executive Instrument was published in Gazette No. 65 of 5th December, 1975.  The Council was inaugurated on 2 April 1976 and began full operation in January, 1977.

The Council is mandated to coordinate activities of all groups and individuals in the Book Industry to ensure an effective book development system. It also acts as adviser to the government on issues relating to book development.

The Council’s logo depicts a Ghanaian child reading a book in earnest. On the front cover of this book is an ‘Adinkra’ design known in Twi as ‘Matemasie’ (meaning literally ‘I have heard and kept’) symbolising the book as the repository of knowledge; on the back cover is a black star signifying hope that today’s child will grow into an intellectually developed adult tomorrow with the help of the book.


The objective of the Council is to stimulate and co-ordinate the publication and use of books in such a manner that they become effective tools for national development and integrate book promotion plans with the overall national development planning.


The Council seeks to nurture and develop an indigenous and vibrant book industry of a functionally literate society.