2nd Regional Workshop Series on ‘Implementing Geographical Indication (GI) System for Ceylon Tea’

17 – 25 October 2023

IPS in collaboration with the Center for International Research for Agriculture Development (CIRAD), Agence française de développement (AFD) and Sri Lanka Tea Board (SLTB) organised the second series of regional workshops focused on ‘Implementing Geographical Indication (GI) System for Ceylon Tea’ from 17th – 25th October in seven tea growing regions in Sri Lanka – Baduraliya, Matara, Galle, Ratnapura, Badulla, Nuwara Eliya and Kandy. This second regional workshop was held to present the draft ‘Book of Specification (BoS) and Control Plan’ relating to Ceylon Tea.

The BoS serves as a comprehensive document outlining the unique characteristics and guidelines for Ceylon Tea, and it plays a pivotal role in preparing the GI application for Ceylon Tea in the European Union. The workshops saw active participation from a diverse range of stakeholders in the tea industry, including the Ministry of Plantation Industries, Tea Small Holdings Development Authority (TSHDA), Tea Research Institute (TRI), Tea Smallholding District Societies, tea factory owners, tea exporters, and researchers.

During these informative sessions, IPS Research Economist and National Coordinator of the project, Ms Dilani Hirimuthugodage made presentations on ‘Current Status of GI System in Sri Lanka’. Other resource persons who participated in the regional workshops included Dr Delphine Marie-Vivien, Intellectual Property/Geographical Indications and Food Law, Deputy Director of UMR Innovation, CIRAD, Mr.Adrien Trucas, Director, Certipaq-France, Mr.Clement Gannac, Project Officer -CIRAD, GI Team of Sri Lanka Tea Board. Ms Piyumi Rasangi and Ms Upuli Champika, Project Officers, IPS also participated in the workshops. This collaborative effort marks a significant milestone in advancing the GI System for Ceylon Tea, reinforcing its quality and unique identity on the global stage.