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Friday, 24 November 2017

South Africa - EU: Partnership on GIs

A workshop recently hosted by the Embassy of Italy in South Africa, in collaboration with the European Union Delegation in South Africa, Wesgro and the Department of Trade and Industry hosted a workshop on the Protection and Promotion of Geographical Indications (GI) aimed to create awareness on the benefits that can be derived from the effective protection and use of GIs in South African and EU for the development of small-scale, local and rural economies, particularly in the agro-food sector, and for enhancing export opportunities and boosting international trade flows. Pier Giovanni Donnici, Ambassador of Italy, underlined “the equal benefits for South Africa and Italy – both exporters of agri-food products renowned for their quality and tradition – of promoting and strengthening the GI system. Geographical Indications favour consumers, who are more informed on what they buy, boost our economies, defending our producers from imitations, and preserve our rural traditions.”  Under the SADC-EU Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA), a bilateral protocol grants protection in the EU to 105 GIs from South Africa – 102 wine GIs and three non-wine GIs (Karoo meat of origin, Rooibos and Honeybush).

Source: Bizcommunity