Trade Department organises training on Geographical Indications
March 16, 2023
The Trade Department has organised a three day training session focusing on Geographical Indicators. The training is being supported by the European Union. A geographical indication (GI) is a sign used on products that have a specific geographical origin and possess qualities or a reputation that are due to the origin.
A GI gives assurance to consumers that the product they buy comes from a particular place and has the unique characteristics associated with this GI. It differentiates the product identified by the GI from other products that are not labelled with the GI.
Since the quality depends on the geographical place of production, there is a clear link between the product and its original place of production. A GI right enables those who have the right to use the indication to prevent its use by a third party whose product does not conform to the applicable standards.
The main types of GI’s are:
- agricultural products,
- wine and spirit drinks,
- handicrafts, and industrial products
The aim of this 3-day training is to assist in building awareness and technical expertise in regards to the potential development of GIs for products originating from Seychelles. The training is being facilitated by Mr. Laurent Manderieux Professor of Intellectual Property Law from the EU.
In attendance were representatives from the Ministry of Investment, Entrepreneurship, and Industry (MIEI), Seychelles Bureau of Standards, Enterprise Seychelles Agency, Department of Fisheries, Registration Division, Seychelles Fishing Authority, Coco de Mer Selection Committee and the Trade Division.
The training is being held from 15th to 17th March 2023 at Nayopi Business Centre, Providence.