A seminar on labeling products by geographical origin was held on October 1-2 a the
Cambodiana Hotel to help to raise awareness of how so-called GI labeling could help
Cambodia protect certain products.
A GI law is now being drafted in the intellectual property department of the Ministry
Although the seminar focused on European and ASEAN experiences, an official said
several Cambodian agricultural products could benefit from such labeling.
Am Phirum, the GI Secretariat member for Cambodia, said potential products for GI
protection are Battambang rice and oranges, pepper and durian from Kampot, Ratanakiri
coffee, and palm tree wine from Kampong Speu.
Ana Sieiro, GI expert from Portugal, which was the first country to put GI labeling
on its wine, said the labeling protects brand name products and can improve sales
Pajchima Tanasanti, director of Trademark office of Thailand, said Thailand's GI
regulations go beyond the European Union focus on agricultural products to also include
industrial products and handicrafts.
The seminar was presided over by Mao Thora, under secretary of state from the Ministry
of Commerce and Rafael Dochao Moreno, delegate from European Commission.