Linking people, land and unique products to reduce inequalities

Using Geographical Indications to raise the income of the poorest communities in Africa and Least Developed Countries

Large Debate
Tuesday, June 18, 2019
18:45 to 20:00
  • How can intellectual property tools such as Geographical Indications (GIs) be used to address inequalities between countries by supporting the integration of Least Developed Countries (LDCs) in global value chains?
  • How can rural development through GIs contribute to reducing inequalities within countries ?
  • What are the critical institutional and technical factors of success and failure in developing a trade and entrepreneurial development strategy for using GIs to promote products from LDCs?
  • How can GIs in LDCs  be a viable initiative to address the challenges arising from the rural exodus.
  • How best to design supporting policies related to direct and indirect impacts of GIs on income and inequalities?
  • How can the interplay between GIs and development policies support the start-up of local initiatives based on origin-linked products?

Organised by


Stefano Inama
Chief, Technical Cooperation and Enhanced Integrated Framework, Africa and Least Developed Countries Division
UNCTAD (United Nations Conference on Trade and Development)
Euloge Vidégla
Secrétaire Permanent
Ministère de l'Agriculture, de l'Elevage et de la Pêche Bénin
Isabelle Durant
Deputy Secretary-General
United Nations Conference on Trade
Pierre Claver Runiga
Head of Policy, Legal and International Cooperation Department
African Regional Intellectual Property Organization
Maimouna Soumaye EP A Zene
Transformatrice de fromage, Niamey
Fromagerie Niamey
Ousman Abdou
Ministry of Agriculture, Niger