KARACHI - Anjum Nisar, President Karachi Chamber of Commerce & Industry (KCCI) has urged the federal government to promulgate Geographical Indications Law and establish GI Registry in Pakistan. Addressing the members of KCCI Intellectual Property Rights Sub-Committee here on Wednesday, he said underscored need for protection, at both local and global levels, of the country's traditional and indigenous items, produced at cottage industry level as well as by mid-level manufacturers and industrialists. The government, he said must secure GIs of Pakistani Basmati, Sindhri Mango, Chaunsa Mango, Anwarratol Mango, Sargodha Kinno, Sindhi Ajrak and Cap, Multani Mitti, Kashmiri Pashmina Shawl, Chiniot Furniture, Hala Furniture & handicraft and other traditional indigenous products first in Pakistan and then globally. KCCI President expressed his apprehensions that otherwise India and other countries may secure Pakistani GIs as their own and seriously affect country's exports. He said that India has already promulgated GI law and had established GI registry in 2003 and only recently also approved IPR Protection Bill in Parliament and mandated its Agri Export Promoting Authority (APEDA). India now intends and is propagating to register majority of Pakistani Traditional Indigenous Products as GIs of India, said the senior industrialist. Anjum Nisar said in Pakistan draft on GI law was submitted to Ministry of Commerce in year 2000 and IPO Pakistan initiated its working in year 2006 whereas the proposed draft of Bill on GIs is still pending before the concerned ministry. He on behalf of business community expressed his fear that if Pakistan Government failed to take immediate measures to implement and promulgate the GIs law and its Registry and does not register Pakistani GI first in the country and then globally, the exports of traditional and indigenous products would be badly hampered. In order to avoid confrontation among private sector, KCCI President KCCI urged the government to secure the GIs under its competent authority like TDAP. He also urged the business community to promote their own brands "Made in Pakistan" in the global market and help gain value-addition for their commodities. On the occasion Shamsul Islam Khan, Chairman KCCI Intellectual Property Rights Sub-Committee, feared that exports of indigenous agriculture products, fruits, traditional food items and recipes, and traditional handicrafts may deteriorate due to unwarranted delay in their registration as the GIs in Pakistan as well as Internationally. Commenting on India's export of "Super Basmati Rice", he said that recently India has wrongly registered and notified Pakistani "Super Basmati Rice" as their own variety although this variety was developed at Kala Shah Kako in early 1990 and since then Pakistan is producing and exporting this variety and has acquired substantial goodwill and customers' trust. If India continued with its malpractice unchecked then there is every possibility Pakistan would be deprived of its major market share, he said. Shamsul Islam Khan also urged the government to immediately devise a strategy to check violation committed by the neighboring country. He suggested that GOP must register GIs in Pakistan as well as globally through the competent Authority i.e. TDAP. He also suggested need to register GI of Pakistani Basmati, Sindri Mangoes, Anwarratol and Chawnsa Mangoes, Khairpur Aseel Dates, Sargohda Kinno, Hunza Apricot, Multani Mitti, Hala Handicraft & furniture, Khanpur Oranges, Kasuri Methi, Chiniot Furniture, Sahiwal Cows & Buffalos, Sindhi Ajrak and Cap, Sukkur Chuhara, Shikarpur Pickles, Peshawari Chapli Kabab, Peshawari Ice-cream, Kashimir Pashmina Shawl, and other traditional goods and indigenous products. He said that 70 percent of aggregate Pakistani exports comprise of the said Geographical Indications (GIs) and is a major source of foreign exchange for the country. In Pakistan under Trade Mark Ordinance 2001, section 82 provides registration of GIs as collective marks which is insufficient and needs to be reviewed, he said. Khalid Hidayat Khan, Registrar, Trade Marks Registry also attended the meeting as Chief Guest. He He said that draft of Geographical Indications Law for registration and protection was approved 2000. however, has not been presented to the Parliament to date. He said that for registration of trade marks, IPO has now automated the process and procedure and applicants may retrieve relevant information through IPO website: www.ipo.gov.pk Advisor of IPR Sub-Committee KCCI, Mansoor Sootwala along with KCCI Managing Committee Members Durre Shehwar Nisar, Shamim Ahmed Firpo, Arif Balagamwala, Qamar Usman, Abdul Basit, Nadeem Zafar & Ateeq ur Rehman also participated in the meeting. President KCCI presented crest to the Registrar Trade Mark Registry.