Dilani Hirimuthugodage Highlights the Current Legal Scenario on Geographical Indication in Sri Lanka

17 March 2023

Sri Lanka has introduced a new Intellectual Property Amendment Act No.8 of 2022, which includes a Geographical Indication (GI) registry system for sui generis protection. According to Dilani Hirimuthugodage, Research Economist at IPS, although the new act defines the specifications, control plan, and rights of GI registered owners, the practical implementation details: rules and regulations such as the competent authority and relevant ministries for GI applications have not yet been disclosed. She also discussed the process of obtaining Local GI certification for “Kolonna pepper”, a product that was selected for the application of a GI system through the Technical Cooperation Project of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) for the establishment of GI system in Sri Lanka.

Dilani made these remarks in her guest speech at a recent workshop organised by the Development of Minor Export Crops Plantation Division of the Ministry of Plantation Industries. The workshop, held at the New Public Library Auditorium in Ratnapura, aimed to raise awareness among officers attached to the Department of Export Agriculture in the Ratnapura District on the Geographical Indication (GI) system in Sri Lanka.