Friday, 6 June 2014

Ministry advocates protecting regional products

The Ministry of Science and Technology has said it will draw up laws to protect and add value to Myanmar’s regional products and specialties.

Deputy Minister Aung Kyaw Myat, from the Ministry of Science and Technology, was speaking at a geographical indication seminar on May 29, and highlighted the usefulness of protecting regional characteristics and specialties.

“Geographical indications are indications that prove to be original product of the region, and a special quality, significance or unusual characteristics of a region. Especially agricultural products have a special quality depending on fine weather and soil of the region,” said Deputy Minister Aung Kyaw.

He advocated laws to protect unique Myanmar products like teak, thanaka (sandalwood), lotus flower, handicrafts, precious stones such as jade and rubies, so that their value might increase in world markets.

“We are trying as fast as possible to finish up drawing protective law in June. We have been getting advice and experiences from foreign countries,” said Deputy Director Moe Moe Thwe, from the Ministry of Science and Technology.

The Geographical Indications Seminar was attended by advisors from Asean countries, a French group from Singapore, and geographical indications experts from France.

source: Eleven Myanmar
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