Up to 300 representatives from around the world are expected to join the "2013 Worldwide Symposium on Geographical Indications" which will take place at the Central Grand Hotel at CentralWorld from March 27 to 29.
The event is hosted by the Department of Intellectual Property (DIP) in collaboration with the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) which has more than 180 member states. The aim is to encourage Thais to be more aware of the significance of entrepreneurship and community development as well as distributing income to local communities by applying and commercialising GI. GI, or geographical indication, is a type of intellectual property which can be used as a tool to achieve business success on the global stage.
GI is a sign that identifies a product as originating from a particular location which gives that product a special quality or reputation or other characteristic.
Even though members of the public are not invited to the symposium, they will still have a chance to shop for GI products from around the world at Siam Paragon's Gourmet Market from March 28 to 31.
Local agricultural products and handicrafts which have been GI-registered will be featured alongside items from the European Union, Asean countries and Japan.
They include hom mali jasmine rice from Thung Kula Ronghai, Sangyod rice from Phatthalung, som-o khaw yai pomelo from Samut Songkhram, mapraw namhom coconut from Mae Klong, Doi Tung coffee, praewa Thai silk from Kalasin, Ban Chiang pottery, Bor Sang umbrellas, Chiang Mai celadon, Koh Kret pottery, Phurua Plateau wine and much more.
These Thai GI products will also be available for sale at the King Rama II Memorial Park in Amphawa district of Samut Songkhram province from 10am to 5pm from March 29 to 31.
For more information, call 086-567-1677.