Most BD products to get GI reg gradually: Amu

Dhaka,  Tue,  26 September 2017
Published : 25 Aug 2017, 01:05:19

Most BD products to get GI reg gradually: Amu

Hands over GI certificate on Hilsa to DoF
Most BD products to get GI reg gradually: Amu
FE Report

Registration of the country's products as geographical indication (GI) will act as a 'grand branding' both at home and abroad, industries minister Amir Hossain Amu said at a certificate giving ceremony on Thursday.

"Most of the Bangladeshi products with commercial prospects will be registered as our own GI gradually aiming to expand the export market," he told the ceremony titled 'Bangladesh Hilsa' organised by Department of Patent, Design and Trademark (DoPDT) at CIRDAP Auditorium in the city.

At the programme, the minister formally handed over the GI Certificate on Hilsa to Md Arif Azad, director general of Department of Fisheries (DoF).

Hilsa has recently been registered by DoPDT as the second Bangladeshi GI product, followed by Jamdani.

A geographical indication (GI) is a name or sign used on certain products which corresponds to a specific geographical location or origin of a country.

Articles 22, 23 and 24 of the World Trade Organisation (WTO)'s Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) grant countries the right to protect and patent famous, exceptional and extraordinary products as their own GI.

The industries minister said the government has enacted GI Products (Registration and Protection) Act 2013 and GI Rules 2015 with the help of World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) to protect products of its own origin.

He said registration of Hilsa as GI will greatly help in branding the fish in the global arena.

The minister stated that the country produced nearly 0.495 million tonnes of Hilsa in the last financial year (2016-17) which was 75 per cent of the global output.

State minister for fisheries and livestock Narayan Chandra Chanda said the government's initiatives to protect Hilsa have helped raise the production of the delicious fish.

He said more than 0.4 million fishermen now get food and cash incentives when Hilsa catching remains banned in the major sanctuaries. Hilsa can now be found in many rivers after decades thanks to the government's mother Hilsa and Jatka (baby Hilsa) preservation projects.      

Secretary to the MoFL Maksudul Hasan Khan who presided over the programme said responsibilities of the private sector have increased further.

"After the GI registration, now the quality of exportable fish should strictly be maintained," he added.  

Additional secretary to the industries ministry Shusen Chandra Das pointed out that his ministry is facing problems due to lack of any comprehensive data on products and species which is mandatory for registering maximum products of own origin.

Apart from the industries ministry, the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) has also been involved in GI registration process, he said, adding that the PMO has directed all the government offices at union level to apply for GI registration of products produced in their locality.  

Registrar of DoPDT Md Sanwar Hossain said 24 more items are in the pipeline which will be registered as Bangladeshi GI soon.

He also put emphasis on raising awareness among the country's people about GI registration.     
Editor : A.H.M Moazzem Hossain
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