AsiaGI 2017: Training about Geographical Indications In Asia, Cambodia

Following the successful initial AsiaGI training, held in Bangkok from the 28th of March to the 1st of April 2016 with 28 participants from all parts of Asia, CIRAD and REDD propose to carry out the second edition of ASIAGI in Kampot, Cambodia.

Labelling agricultural, food and handicraft products with Geographical Indications (GIs) contributes to regional development, by facilitating the participation of local entrepreneurs and producers in the regional, national or international markets, with their specific skills and know-how.  This fact has been increasingly recognised in most Asian countries.

As GIs are taking on an increasing importance in the region, there are numerous people who are newly engaging with GIs either in the state/government institutions or directly with the GI value chains, who would benefit from a training on GI concepts, the roles of the various institutions and supply chain actors and on the success factors of GIs.

Venue : Kampot, Cambodia

Dates : from Monday 20th of February to Friday 24th of February 2017 (5 days)

After this training program, participants will have:

  • Fully understood the concepts of Geographical Indications as an Intellectual Property and a market access and protection tool, their potential contribution to local and sustainable development, and their “place” in the various voluntary standards and other differentiating tools.
  • Learnt of the basic elements of a Geographical Indication:
    • a strong link to the origin,
    • an organized and representative value-chain organization, and/or an entity representing the collective of producers
    • a negotiated and clear Book of specifications ,
    • a control system.
    • key aspects of GI management and marketing/promotion
  • Gained a thorough understanding of legal and institutional framework of GIs in the various countries: institutions in charge of registering GIs or supporting GIs, GIs scope of protection, relation with trademarks, international protection
  • Had first-hand access to GI practitioners, through case studies and field visits
  • Discussed the usefulness of such mechanisms in relation to their own national context

More information and registration process here