The legal framework of the National Geographical Indication Control System (NGICS) has been established though a broad body of laws and regulations, yet improvements are required for more effective control of GI. Without an effective control system,  Geographical Indications (GI) will not bring optimal economic benefit for the GI communities. 

The assessment results of the system were presented during a Focus Group Discussion hosted by the Directorate General of Intellectual Property, the Ministry of Law and Human Rights, with support from ARISE+ Indonesia, Friday (29/10).

The Focus Group Discussion (FGD) aimed to present the findings and gather input from stakeholders on future activities to improve the NGICS. Prior to the FGD, in-depth interviews with relevant stakeholders including the DGIP, the Directorate General of National Export Development (DGNED), and the Directorate General of Consumer Protection and Trade Compliance (DGCPTC) of the Ministry of Trade, the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy, the National Standardization Agency (BSN), the GI Protection Society (MPIG), and local governments were conducted to assess the challenges in the development and control of GI. 

The Director of Trademarks and Geographical Indication, Mr Nofli, in his opening remarks, stated that the development and control of GI required support and cooperation from multi-stakeholders involved. 

"I hope we can formulate the GI control scheme suitable for Indonesia and discuss the distribution of roles between the central government, local governments, GI owners, and the community for the successful implementation of GI control," Mr Nofli said.

Arief Safari and Bangkit Andar Wirawan of ARISE+ Indonesia conducted the assessment that covered the analysis of obstacles in the development and control of GI, comparative study on the GI control scheme, the opportunity for improving control of GI products, and legal study on the control of GI products. 

During the discussions, the Director of Accreditation for Inspection and Certification Bodies of the National Standardization Agency (BSN), Ms Triningsih Herlinawati, supported the findings that the control of GI products should be done internally by the GI rights holders and externally by the government. 

"We can leverage the existing infrastructure, such as certification bodies, to conduct the external control of GI products. However, we need to prepare the conformity standard criteria and strengthen the capacity of the certification bodies on the GI topics." 

She also recommended the development of a legal umbrella for inter-ministerial and agencies coordination in controlling GI products.

Giovanni Galanti, the Intellectual Property Rights Expert who coordinated the GI activities in the ARISE+ Indonesia, said that the planned activities to support GI governance promoting the national GI control scheme will be proposed for the 2022 Annual Work Plan. 

The second part of FGD will be organised to present the proposed National GI Control Scheme improvement activities and its implementation Roadmap based on this first FGD and gather feedback from the stakeholders.

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