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Thursday, 23 June 2016

SA's Rooibos Tea gains protection under EU deal

South Africa's renowned Rooibos Tea has secured geographic indicator status in a pact with the European Union (EU), Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies said on Friday. "Geographical Indications (GIs) are recognition that the use of a particular name, which is usually derived from some place name, that this is exclusively for producers who come from that area," the minister told a media briefing at Parliament in Cape Town. South Africa signed an Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with the EU where exports have increased from R151bn in 2011 to R216bn in 2015. The EPA, which was also signed by Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia and Swaziland, will replace the trade chapter in the bilateral agreement between the EU and South Africa, the Trade Development and Cooperation Agreement (TDCA) signed in the year 2000.

Source: dailymaverick.co.za