National Consultation to GI Nutmeg and Other Products

Nutmeg – king of spices

Embracing the concept of Geographical Indications to promote products such as Grenada nutmeg and cocoa is the focus of a national consultation to be held in Grenville on Friday.

This consultation comes just after the Grenada Nutmeg and Trinitarian cocoa were identified among six products by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and other donor agencies for possible technical assistance towards achieving GI status.

These products were identified at a WIPO sub-regional workshop held in Grenada in August and the national consultation is being held to validate the prospective list.

It is the hope of the organizers that these products, especially Grenada’s Nutmeg and cocoa which already have international reputations for top quality, will get the necessary support from stakeholders in the agriculture and tourism sectors.

A wide cross section of persons from the public sector, private sector and non government organisations will be present at Bain’s Hall in Grenville on Friday, 8 November from 8:30 a.m.

Geographical indications as defined by the Trade-Related Aspects Of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) Agreement of 1994 defines Geographical Indications as” indications which identify a good as originating in the territory of a member, or a region or locality in that territory, where the given reputation or other characteristic of the good is essentially attributable to its geographical origin”.

The consultation is being organized by CAIPO, Ministry of Legal Affairs with the support of the European Union Support Services Unit in the Ministry of Finance.

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