- 15 December, 2017:
A national workshop on Geographical Indications (GI) and Layout-Designs of integrated circuits kicked off this morning at Le Sirius, Labourdonnais Waterfront Hotel in Port-Louis. The workshop, an initiative of the European Union (EU) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade, is being
attended by representatives from relevant ministries, parastatal bodies, academic institutions, and industry.
In her opening address, the Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade, Mrs U.Dwarka Canabady, underlined that the EU is providing technical assistance to Government in two key areas namely protection of GI and layout-design of integrated circuits in order to cope with this challenge and to further improve and modernise Intellectual Property System. She underscored the significance of GI which according to her adds commercial value to local products. She pointed out that local products of Rodrigues such as ‘limon Rodrigues’ derive their popularity from their appellations of origin.
GI, she added, offers an opportunity to leverage the value of geographically unique products and also to attract consumers. She further underlined that this initiative will help Mauritius to gear up in order to compete on the international level on its own terms by leveraging its local products.
Mrs Canabady emphasised that it is primordial for the country to finalise the implementing regulations on GI and integrated circuits to allow better exploration, promotion and protection of local products. Hence, she dwelt on the need for Mauritius to advocate for transformation and digitisation and the need to train and build capacities of technical staff in view of establishing a functional and effective system of protection.
She also underscored the need of sensitising the local population about GI so that they can contribute to the emergence of this new wave of products, allowing the country to reap the benefits of its peculiarities.
The workshop is organised in the context of the ongoing review of the legislation on industrial property which is expected to come into force in 2018. Government seeks to promote innovation and enhance a legal environment that keeps abreast with international trends, thus making Mauritius a platform with a sound legal framework to protect Industrial Property rights (IPR).
Support of the European Union in the area of IPR
The EU is supporting Mauritius in developing effective IPR regimes complemented by an enabling environment and sufficient capacity to absorb technology. Strong protection of IPR, such as patents, trademarks, geographical indications and copyrights, is crucial if Mauritius is to become integrated into and reap the benefits of Global Value Chains.
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