Adviser to Prime Minister on Commerce and Investment Abdul Razak Dawood on Thursday said registration of major local export items under the Geographical Indication (GI) law was a milestone as it would help increase exports from the country. Taking to his official Twitter handle, the adviser said in order to stop the unauthorised use of Pakistan’s GI by other countries, a meeting was held at the Ministry of Commerce in collaboration with the Intellectual Property Organisation (IPO), Pakistan. He stated that the GI registration of products of various regions of Pakistan was discussed. “We decided that after registration of rice, the pink salt from the Salt Range Mountains of Pakistan will be registered under the GI law,” he said. Dawood highlighted that it would encourage and motivate Pakistan’s producers to expand their business globally. Similarly, a list of other products would be pursued on a priority basis. “We urge our business community to identify and inform the IPO about another product that can be registered as GI in order to protect and help realise its export potential,” the adviser said.

Published in The Express Tribune, February 19th, 2021.

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