Heads of State of China and France Witnessing the Signing of Franco-Chinese Protocol on Cooperation on Geographical Indications

On November 6, Chinese President Xi Jinping and French President Emmanuel Macron jointly witnessed the signing of the Protocol on Cooperation between CNIPA and MAA and INAO on Geographical Indications of Agriculture and Food at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. CNIPA Commissioner Shen Changyu, French Minister of Agriculture Didier Guillaume and INAO Director General Marie Guittard signed on the Protocol respectively on behalf of the competent authorities for geographical indications of the two countries. The signing of the Protocol marks a new chapter of cooperation between the two countries in geographical indications of agriculture and food. 

In recent years, CNIPA has steadily promoted the identification of geographical indications, kept strengthening the protection of geographical indication products and actively carried out foreign exchanges and cooperation on geographical indications. The signing of the Protocol highlights China's new achievements in international cooperation in protecting geographical indication products, as well as China's firm standpoint and attitude of stepping up efforts in IP protection including geographical indication products. 

It is learnt that both China and France have a long history and abundant geographical indication products. The Protocol can not only facilitate cooperation in and promotion of geographical indication products and benefit the people of the two countries, but also help to promote local characteristic economic development as well as bilateral trading ties. 

(Translated from CNIPA Website Chinese Version)