A joint African Union Commission and European Commission event brought together about 60 practitioners and experts from all over Africa and Europe in order to disseminate knowledge and enhance skills and the capacity of African producers, to identify and adding value to potential African GI products as well as create market opportunities for non-identified products.
Workshop Chair: H.E. Lingston Cumberbatch, Director, TradeCom Facility
Opening Remarks by Hon. Amelia Kyambadde, Minister of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives
"GIs as a tool for development: Its special nature and characteristics" by Prof. Ruth Okediji, University of Minnesota Law School
"Protection of origin-designated products in ACP countries: overview of current research and trends" by Prof. Graham Dutfield, Leeds University
"Geographical Indications – state of play in Africa" by McDave Elias Appiah, Expert ARIPO
"Initiatives OAPI en matiere d'IG" by Héhé Kpohomou Kaamon, Chargé du programme IG OAPI
"Adding value to agricultural products through their origin and special characteristics" by Francis Fay, Deputy Head of Unit, DG Agriculture and Rural Development, European Commission
"The setting up of a GI: a toolkit for the different phase of the local process importance of the qualification phase" by Dominique Barjolle, GI Expert, REDD FAO Consultant
"Certification and other appropriate control mechanisms & role of the Public Authorities" by Nathanaël Duflot, Senior Expert ECOCERT
"A case study on the registration of Darjeeling as a PGI in the European Union: some very practical considerations" by Bernard O’Connor, EU-WTO Attorney
Practical experiences on GIs:
The potential for the Commodity Boards: how Boards can engage in origin-designated marketing
"Identification and analysis of potential markets and the marketing and promotion of GIs" by Jacky Charbonneau, Branding Expert, INTRACEN (ITC)
"Using GIs for product branding: instruments and projects managed by WIPO" by Violeta Jalba, Assistant Legal Officer, Brand and Designs Sector WIPO
African Case Studies:
"Facilitating access to GI project funding — The African Union's role" by Dr. Sarah Olembo, Senior Policy Officer, African Union Commission
"Identification of origin-linked products and dissemination of inventories to make them known" by Dominique Barjolle, GI Expert – REDD, FAO Consultant
describes the context, main deliberations and conclusions of the workshop.
prepared in respect of China but can serve as a guide for other countries when addressing key issues often raised, the various definitions of GIs, registration procedures, the difference between trademarks and GIs, the use of GIs and GI logos as well as how GIs are protected, supervised and administered.
designed for applicants based outside the EU who wish to register the name of an agricultural product or foodstuff as a PDO (protected designation of origin) or PGI (protected geographical indication) in the EU.
compiled by the participants of the workshop.
Links to the other main deliverables can be found in the Joint AUC-EC Report