Three Thai products set for EU's GI certification
- May 28, 2013
THE NATION May 27, 2013 1:00 am
Thailand is expecting the Geographical Indication (GI) certification for three new products: “Sung Yod Rice” from Phatthalung province, and “Doi Chang” and “Doi Tung” coffee from Thailand’s upper north.
Earlier this year, GI certification was granted by the European Union (EU) for “Hom Mali Thung Kula Rong Hai Rice”. The GI recognition will bring more awareness of Thai products to consumers and enable them to become more competitive, said Pajchima Tanasanti, director-general of the Intellectual Property Department.
The director-general will lead department officials to Brussels on May 29, to submit Sung Yod rice for certification. The rice, which has a higher nutritional value than most other grains, is from Phatthalung in southern Thailand,
Doi Chang and Doi Tung coffee – two locally well-known varieties of coffee made from beans cultivated in the hills of Chiang Rai – are also in the process of seeking GI certification from the EU.
Pajchima said she was confident Thailand would be successful in its GI certification bid as all three products were unique to Thailand and there had been no objections raised about the quality or status of the products by other countries.
During the department’s visit to the EU capital, the delegation will also meet with the EU’s law enforcement agency (Europol) to coordinate in the setting up of an Asean law enforcement agency, overseeing the enforcement of intellectual property (IP) among Asean countries.
Pajchima said that Europol would be a model for Asean countries as the agency had been highly effective in cracking down on IP violations.