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Workshop to address post GI initiatives for Gujarat textile products
Mar '11
The Textiles Committee, Ministry of Textiles, Government of India is organising one day workshop “Post GI Initiatives for Brand Promotion through Market Linkage and Containment of Infringement of Selected Craft Indications of Gujarat”. on 1st April 2011 at Hotel Courtyard by Marriott, Ahmedabad.

The workshop will address the issues relating to the Post GI Initiatives for five products of Gujarat namely (i) Bandhani, (ii) Surat Zari Craft, (iii) Kutch Embroidery, (iv) Sankheda Furniture and (v) Agate Stones of Gujarat. It may be noted that these products have been registered under Geographical Indications Act 1999.

It is expected that about 4.50 lakhs artisans associated with these products will be benefited from the interventions. The representatives of manufacturing and trading associations, co-operative societies, civil society organisations, research institutions, developmental organisation besides the officers of Central and State Governments will participate in the workshop. The workshop is designed to address the Post-GI initiatives for above mentioned crafts of Gujarat.

The main objectives of the workshop are:
1.Deliberate and explore the mechanism of intervention for inclusive growth of the product.
2.Showcasing the GI designated products for brand promotion and market capitalisation.
3.Drawing up of action plan for future intervention for converting GI into tangible benefits.

The workshop is organised under the project “Facilitating inclusion of Stakeholders in the process of GI Registration for Selected 21 Craft Indications of India” jointly implemented by Textiles Committee and Development Commissioner (Handicrafts), Ministry of Textiles, Government of India. The main objective of the project is to include the artisans of the selected craft indications in the Part 'B' as authorised users under the Geographical Indication Act 1999.

Besides, the project will also prepare a road-map on Post GI Initiatives for Brand Promotion and Containment of Infringement of the GI registered products, which could help in the sustainable development of the artisans in the era of globalisation.

Dignitaries to address the workshop:
Shri A.K. Joti, IAS, Chief Secretary, Government of Gujarat will inaugurate the workshop as Chief Guest. Shri S.S. Gupta, IAS, Development Commissioner (Handicrafts), Shri A.B. Joshi, Textile Commissioner, Government of India and Shri Maheshwar Sahu, IAS, Principal Secretary, Department of Industries & Mines, Government of Gujarat will address the gathering as Guest of Honours.

While Shri B. Balamurugan, Secretary, Textiles Committee, Government of India will provide key-note address, Dr P Nayak, Director (Market Research), Textiles Committee, will deliver introductory & welcome address.

Interactive Panel Discussion:
The experts on Geographical Indications (GI), Shri A.M. Solanki, IAS, Secretary, Department of Cottage & Rural Industries, Government of Gujarat, Shri Abhijit Das, Professor & Head, Centre for WTO Studies, Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT), New Delhi, Shri G.L. Verma, Deputy Registrar, Geographical Indication Registry, Government of India, Chennai, Shri Subodh Kumar, Head, Andhra Pradesh Technology Development & Promotion Centre (APTDC), Hyderabad.

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