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Nagaland Govt to apply for GI of handicrafts goods
Nov '09
Following a consultative meeting between experts and participants at a workshop, it was decided to apply for Geographical Indicator for bamboo shoot, Indigo dye and the Naga shawl. These will be examined by UNCTAD, IMC, CITA and ICC and further steps would be initiated to register at least two of these products.

The workshop titled 'Efficacy and Importance of GI registration: Focus Nagaland' was held at the conference hall of the Directorate of Industries & Commerce, Kohima and was co-organised by the Nagaland Department of Industries & Commerce in association with ICC, UNCTAD, IMC and CITA.

The Chief Guest, Mr KC Nihoshe, who is also the Secretary in the Industries & Commerce department said that, “Most of the artisans and producers producing products suitable for GI registration live in rural areas have limited education and are not in a position to take advantage of GI registration”.

Regional Director of North East Chapter of Indian Chamber of Commerce, Mahesh Deori also stressed on the need to obtain Geographical Indication (GI) registration for Naga indigenous products in order to protect its uniqueness.

Mr Deori said that workshop would aim to identify various products that have definite geographical uniqueness and to enable stakeholders understand the concept of GI registration and accepted that fact that knowledge about GI registration has reached the North East region, a bit too late and so a lot needs to be done in this regard.

“GI registration will protect the unique identity of Naga products and secure benefits for the producers by preventing illegitimate entities from free-riding on the reputation of the unique Naga brand name; he concluded by saying and underscored the need to spread awareness on GI registration in the state.

Experts and participants were of the unanimous opinion that there was rampant duplication of the Nagaland art and culture outside the state, at a heavy cost to the artisans, which could be put to an end by receiving the GI registration.

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