Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI — Việt Nam has so far protected 69 products with geographical indications (GI) and six foreign ones. Over the past 10 years, the number of protected GIs has increased by 3.5 times.
The figures were released by Director of the Ministry of Science and Technology’s National Office of Intellectual Property (NOIP) Đinh Hữu Phí at a seminar entitled ‘Information and communication on intellectual property’, held in Hà Nội on Tuesday.
Phí said there were 34 provinces and cities with protected GIs.
Some 47 per cent of the products are fruits, 23 per cent are cash crops and forestry products, 12 per cent are seafood, 8 per cent are rice and the rest are other products. There are also five non-food items including Huế conical hat, Tiên Lãng pipe tobacco, Vĩnh Bảo pipe tobacco, Nga Sơn papirus and Yên Tử yellow apricot.
Most of Việt Nam’s protected products are fresh products and raw materials such as coffee beans, cinnamon and star anise.
“The process of GI protection for agricultural and handicraft products has positive impact on people’s awareness, attention and investment in local resources, reputation and value of protected products,” Phí said.
After receiving GI protection, the prices of such products tend to increase by 20-100 per cent. In particular, Cao Phong orange price is nearly doubled; Mèo Vạc mint honey rose 75-80 per cent; Phú Quốc fish sauce by 30-50 per cent; Đại Hoàng bananas by 100-130 per cent; Phúc Trạch pomelo up 10-15 per cent; and Vinh orange by more than 50 per cent.
According to the NOIP, Việt Nam has successfully registered four GIs abroad, including three in Thailand and one in the EU. The EU has agreed to protect 39 Vietnamese GIs.
The office plans this year to register 10 GIs for local specialities. It is co-operating with a Japanese agency to register three Vietnamese GIs in this country, according to Phí. — VNS