Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Arab Society for Geographical Indications

Arab Society for Geographical Indications (ASGI)

"Launched at consumer forum held in Saudi Arabia last week, the ASGI will be under the umbrella of the Arab League. In cooperation with ASIP, ASGI aims at promoting geographical indications as a tool for increasing local investment and protecting local products from false use by unauthorised parties.

Arab countries have many cases related to geographical indications; some of the best examples are Doan honey from Yemen (Doan is a famous valley in the Hadramout area), Mocha coffee from Yemen, Oman’s Halva, Masafi from the United Arab Emirates, olive oil soap from Nablus in Palestine, water from al Feejah spring in Syria, Lebanese tabbouleh and argan oil from morocco. However, geographical indications are not fully protected there."

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