Executive Direction of Bishkek Business Club took part at a Central Asian conference on geographical indications (GI) on 10-11 April, organized by the EU Delegation to Tajikistan. This was reportedly the first time that a Regional conference was exclusively dedicated to this topic and involving all Central Asian countries.
According to the EU Delegation to Tajikistan, the aim of the conference was to provide practical guidance on how to develop Geographical Indication in Central Asia, in order to promote strengthened regional cooperation, trade, and exports.
A side event was also exclusively dedicated to GI for agricultural products from the Fergana Valley, which covers the territories of Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan.
In addition, the conference covered the handicraft sector where textile products such as carpets and suzanis were presented as items possible for GI registry due to their distinct variety and special link to the local heritage and territory.
A geographical indication (GI) is a sign used on products that have a specific geographical origin and possess qualities or a reputation that are due to that origin. In order to function as a GI, a sign must identify a product as originating in a given place. In addition, the qualities, characteristics or reputation of the product should be essentially due to the place of origin. Since the qualities depend on the geographical place of production, there is a clear link between the product and its original place of production.