Phnom Penh (FN), Sep. 16 – Cambodian prime minister Hun Sen asked director general of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Daren Tang to further register the kingdom’s geographical indications.

The premier spoke in a courtesy call from director general of the WIPO, held on Friday morning (Sep 16) at the Peace Palace.

The meeting touched on some trade issues in the region and globe, in particular the trade in ASEAN countries during the COVID19 pandemic. ASEAN Free Trade Agreement (AFTA) plays an active role as the trade volume of Cambodia and neighboring countries have increased dramatically.

The premier also raised that excessive sanctions on Russia led to the global economic woes that have negative impacts to every country, including Cambodia.

For his part, Daren Tang informed the premier that he has been to the kingdom for many times and witnessed Cambodia’s rapid development. He briefed premier Hun Sen the history of WIPO.

Cambodian Ministry of Commerce has registered four potential geographical indications products namely Kampot’s pepper", "Kampong Speu’s palm sugar", "Koh Trung’s grapefruit" and "Mondulkiri’s wild honey". The ministry has planned to register additional geographical indications such as "Kampot’s salt and salt flake", "Takeo’s lobster" and "Kampot’s fish sauce".

Daren Tang is in Cambodia to participate the ASEAN Economic Ministers' Meeting (AEM).