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Scheduled to take place at Exhibition World Bahrain in Sakhir, the forum promises a diverse array of engaging activities…reports Asian Lite News

Bahrain is set to become the first Middle Eastern nation to host the 9th UNWTO’s World Forum on Gastronomy Tourism scheduled to unfold in 2024. This historic event underscores Bahrain’s rich heritage, diverse culture, and burgeoning tourism industry, positioning the kingdom as a global epicenter for gastronomy tourism.

The news was unveiled on the sidelines of the 8th World Forum on Gastronomy Tourism, held in the picturesque city of San Sebastian, Spain. The announcement not only marks a significant milestone for Bahrain but also showcases the nation’s commitment to fostering international collaboration in the realm of gastronomy and tourism.

Bahrain, with its captivating blend of tradition and modernity, is poised to leverage the World Forum on Gastronomy Tourism in 2024 as a catalyst for promoting responsible agricultural practices. The event aims to highlight the importance of nurturing local communities while preserving Bahrain’s rich heritage and traditions. Scheduled to take place at Exhibition World Bahrain in Sakhir, the forum promises a diverse array of engaging activities.

One of the highlights of the forum will be visits to local producers, providing participants with a firsthand experience of Bahrain’s vibrant culinary landscape. Attendees will have the opportunity to engage in culinary classes, immersing themselves in the kingdom’s gourmet excellence rooted in its historical legacy. This unique combination of cultural immersion and gastronomic exploration is anticipated to make the 9th UNWTO’s World Forum on Gastronomy in Bahrain an unforgettable experience for participants from around the globe.

The year 2024 is poised to be a transformative period for Bahrain’s tourism sector, and the hosting of the World Forum on Gastronomy Tourism plays a crucial role in the kingdom’s primary vision. The forum is expected to draw attention to Bahrain’s unique position as a destination that offers a multifaceted and all-encompassing travel experience.

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Bengal’s sweet dish ‘Mihidan’ reaches Bahrain

A GI tag can be issued for agricultural, natural or manufactured goods that have a unique quality, reputation or other characteristics attributable to its geographical origin…reports Asian Lite News.

Just before the ‘pujas’, there is good news for the people of West Bengal. In an effort to promote indigenous and Geographical Identification (GI) tagged products, the first consignment of GI-tagged sweet dish ‘Mihidana’ sourced from Bardhaman, has been exported to the Kingdom of Bahrain.

This unique sweet dish exported by Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) is being displayed (also provided for tasting purposes) to consumers at Aljazira superstores in Bahrain. More consignments of the unique sweet dish would be exported to Bahrain during the forthcoming Diwali festival.

The APEDA in a tweet wrote — In a boost to harness export potential of indigenous & #GI tagged products, a consignment consisting of unique sweet dishes from #WestBengal – #Sitabhog, #Langcha, #Chandrapuli & #Narkel Naru (#coconut #laddu with #jaggery) was exported the Kingdom of #Bahrain.

A GI tag is a sign denoting a specific geographical origin and possess qualities or a reputation that are due to that origin. GI, a form of intellectual property right (IPR), is distinct from other forms of IPR, as it ascribes the exclusivity to the community in a defined geography, rather than to an individual, as is in the case of trademarks and patents.

A GI tag can be issued for agricultural, natural or manufactured goods that have a unique quality, reputation or other characteristics attributable to its geographical origin. Darjeeling tea, Basmati rice, Kanchipuram Silk, Mysore Silk, Hyderabadi haleem, Nagaland chilli products, etc., sold with the GI tag have premium pricing.

For the last few years, APEDA has been focusing on increasing lesser-known, indigenous, and GI-tagged food products from the country. In August 2021, India Post released a special cover on West Bengal’s sweetmeats ‘Mihidana’ and ‘Sitabhog’. West Bengal’s Bardhaman got the GI tag for the century-old sweetmeats in 2017.

APEDA has been carrying out promotional activities to bring unique and GI certified products to the agricultural and processed food products export map of India. APEDA undertakes market promotion activities for export of food products, market intelligence for making informed decisions, international exposure, skill development, capacity building and high-quality packaging. It also provides assistance to set up pack houses across States which would fulfil the mandatory requirement or infrastructure for export of fresh fruits and vegetables to the international market.

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Bahrain PM meets Johnson to discuss FTA

The leaders discussed the global effort against COVID-19 and support for international initiatives to combat the pandemic, including COVAX…reports Asian Lite News.

Bahraini Prime Minister Salman Bin Hamad al-Khalifa has met Prime Minister Boris Johnson to discuss the possibility of a free trade agreement with Gulf states and renew an old friendship.

The Prime Minister welcomed the Crown Prince Salman Bin Hamad to Downing Street on Thursday morning for an hour-long meeting on a range of issues from trade to security, media reported.

They reflected on the close and historic partnership between the UK and Bahrain and agreed to further strengthen our economic, security and diplomatic cooperation, the Downing Street in a press release said.

The leaders discussed the global effort against COVID-19 and support for international initiatives to combat the pandemic, including COVAX.

They also spoke about regional security issues and defence collaboration, and the Prime Minister commended the Bahraini government’s steps to normalise relations with Israel.

However, the major focus was on a possible economic deal between the UK and the six countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) that could see an increase of trade between the nations.

UK has just struck its first post-Brexit free trade agreement with Australia and hopes to cement many more in the coming months.

PM Johnson looked forward to welcoming Bahrain to the COP26 climate summit in November and to deepening cooperation on green technology and the transition to renewable energy, the Downing Street said.

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