Government to register “Kampong Som Dried Shrimp” as IG
“GIs and collective brand products are not only highly valued in domestic and foreign markets, but have become part of promoting Cambodia’s tourism potential and history”
The Ministry of Commerce plans to register “Kampong Som dried shrimp” from the coastal provinces as a national geographical product to promote the culture, traditions and customs of the Cambodian people.
The National Intellectual Property Management Committee is preparing to register “Kampong Som Dried Shrimp” as a Geographical Indication (GI) in Cambodia, said Soun Vichea, Head of the National Intellectual Property Committee Secretariat and Director of intellectual property in the department. Trade.
The working team held a workshop on identifying potential products for creating the brand name “Kampong Som Dried Shrimp” in Preah Sihanoukville province on Tuesday, he said.
Representatives from the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, dried shrimp producers and traders from Preah Sihanoukville province and other stakeholders participated in the workshop.
Dried shrimp is one of the products the ministry wants to register as a national geographic product, Vichea said.
“The Ministry of Commerce has sought the assistance of development partners to explore the possibility of registering a geographical trademark or a collective trademark in the fisheries sector, including ‘Kampong Som Dried Shrimp, Koh Kong Dried Shrimp and Siem Reap Fish Prahok’, which are Cambodian fish products,” Vichea said.
Geographical indication means the name, symbol and/or any other sign used to name or represent a geographical origin and which can identify the products as originating from this geographical origin when the quality, reputation or other characteristics of the products are essentially attributable geographical origin. origin.
Vichea also requested UNIDO to verify the possibility of registering “Kampong Som dried shrimp” as a geographical indication product in Cambodia.
Vichea appreciated the efforts of UNIDO and all stakeholders in the research and promotion of fishery products in Cambodia to prepare the registration of protected products as geographical indication marks.
Currently, Cambodia has a few products identified as geographical indication products such as Kampot pepper, Kampong Speu palm sugar, Koh Trong pomelo and Mondulkiri wild honey.
In addition, the Department of Intellectual Property of the Ministry of Commerce has registered the collective marks “Kuy Teav Phnom Penh”, “Ambok Kampong Thom” and “Preah Vihear Rice”.
“These geographical indicators and collectively branded products are not only highly valued in domestic and foreign markets, but have become part of promoting Cambodia’s tourism potential and history as well as promoting Cambodia’s culture, traditions and customs of the Cambodian people on the international stage,” said Vichea.
The ministry also lists some of the other products it is considering registering as a geographical indication, including “Kampot salt and Kampot fleur de sel”, “Kampot fish sauce” and “Takeo lobster”. “.