The Continental Strategy for the Geographical Indications (GIs) in Africa

A geographical indication (GI) is a sign used on products that have a specific geographical origin and possess qualities or a reputation that are due to that origin. In order to function as a GI, a sign must identify a product as originating in a given place. In addition, the qualities, characteristics or reputation of the product should be essentially due to the place of origin. Since the qualities depend on the geographical place of production, there is a clear link between the product and its original place of production.

The Continental Strategy for Geographical Indications (GIs) in Africa from 2018 to 2023, was developed by the African Union´s Department of Rural Economy and Agriculture (DREA) in collaboration with the African Union Member States, Regional Economic Communities (RECs), and technical and development partners.

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