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Malaysia urges to promote unique Sarawak products for GI registration

Kuching, Malaysia: Agricultural and agro-based cooperatives in Sarawak could help promote and identify unique local products that have high commercial values to be registered as geographical indications (GIs), observed Datuk Azizan Mohamad Sidin, Director-General at Intellectual Property Corp of Malaysia (MyIPO).

Azizan, who was speaking at a seminar, jointly organised by MyIPO, the Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry and the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), said it would normally take between eight and nine months for potential products to be registered as GIs for possessing unique characteristics related to the place of origin, for domestic and export markets as well as providing a high return to the local community.

GI also identifies any goods that are influenced by environmental factors such as climate and soil.

“For example, the GI protection of Bario Rice has not only put in extra value to be marketed globally but has promoted Bario as a place of interest to visit besides creating positive socio-economic benefits and new jobs to the local communities to venture into agro-tourism sector,” he told reporters after officiating at the national seminar on Protection of Geographical Indicators here today.

Source: Bernama