Ceylon Tea to get geographical indication

A French Government institution named Agence Francaise de Developpement (AFD) has agreed to provide technical assistance to the Sri Lanka Tea Board through Centre de Coopération Internationale en Recherche Agronomique pour le Développement (CIRAD) and United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in order to facilitate the process of registering the Geographical Indicator for Ceylon Tea.

Accordingly, the Cabinet of Ministers approved the proposal presented by Hon. Minister of Plantation to enter into a tripartite agreement between the AFD institution, CIRAD institution and Sri Lanka Tea Board for this purpose.

According to the Trade-Related Intellectual Property Rights Agreement, the indication given to identify a product produced within the territory of a member state or in a regional area within that territory is called a geographical indication.

A geographical indicator protects the product from misuse or imitation of the registered name and protects the customer by guaranteeing the true origin of the product.