The Ministry of Commerce of Cambodia and the Department of Intellectual Property have marked World Intellectual Property Day by confirming three new GI products; Kampot-Kep Salt, Kampot-Kep Fish Sauce and Takeo Lobster, and launched collective brand products.
Pan Sorasak, Minister of Commerce and Chairman of the National Committee for Intellectual Property Management said “The registration of these products is an important achievement that Cambodia has worked together to create, compile, preserve, maintain and develop local products with high added value and promote Cambodian culture.”
It had been announced earlier in 2023 that Kampot-Kep Salt, Kampot-Kep Fish Sauce and Takeo Lobster would be GI registered. “Koh Kong Stone Crab” and “Battambang Rice” were also being looked into.
The Ministry of Commerce has been working with French Development Agency (AFD) and World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) since mid-2022 to successfully register more Cambodian GI products.
At the World Intellectual Property Day 2023 event, which had the theme of ‘Women and Intellectual Property: Accelerating Innovation and Creativity’, Jean-Marie Brun (ARTE-FACT) took part in a panel session and presented the project for the promotion and recognition of Geographical Indications in Cambodia, Lao PDR and Myanmar, financed by AFD since 2020.
The project addresses issues relating to Geographical Indication such as traceability, internal control, certification, market promotion and enforcement of the protection of Geographical Indications.
These GI and collective brands are intended to add value to Cambodian producers and strengthen the competitiveness of Cambodian products in local, regional, and international markets.