Three local products are in the final stages of domestic geographical indication (GI) registration, with another not far behind, the Ministry of Commerce reported, raising hopes that the protected status would allow producers to expand their footprint globally, and promote a surge in the value of their goods.
These are “Kampot-Kep salt”, “Kampot-Kep fish sauce” and “Takeo crayfish”, with Koh Kong Scylla crabs still at an earlier stage in the process, as mentioned in a report issued in conjunction with the commerce ministry’s annual meeting on January 30-31, where officials reviewed the Cabinet-level agency’s performance in 2022 and set objectives for 2023.
GIs are intellectual property (IP) tools that protect products originating or otherwise strongly linked to a specific geographical region, and that possess particular qualities, reputations or other characteristics that are fundamentally attributable to their territory of origin. GI products are generally accompanied by a sign to distinguish them from unauthorised analogues.
Under the technical assistance of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the Agence Francaise de Development (AFD), commerce ministry officials have prepared the Articles of Association as well as the Book of Specifications for “Kampot-Kep salt”, the report said.
And working with the EU’s Arise Plus Intellectual Property Rights programme, they have organised four consultative workshops to date on “Kampot-Kep fish sauce” and “Takeo crayfish”, it said, adding that WIPO is also lending a hand in the registration process for the Koh Kong Scylla crabs.
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Author: Hin Pisei
Source: The Phnom Penh Post
Publication Date: 31 January 2023