COLOMBO, July 14 (Xinhua) -- Sri Lanka has announced that it is moving its centuries-old folk medicine system for protection under the international intellectual property system, local media reported Saturday.
Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishard Bathiudeen said the government was working with Geneva-based World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) for the last five years to introduce intellectual property support to Sri Lanka's traditional, indigenous medicine system.
Sri Lanka's very own indigenous medical practice is centuries old, and co-exists with the country's Ayurveda practice.
"Ayurveda practice is a long-standing tradition in Sri Lanka existing with our indigenous medicine system. Similar to our local medicine system, it supports our wellness and medical tourism development as well," Minister Bathiudeen said.
"We are expanding our intellectual property system to protect our traditional medicine system as well. For example, our historic local medicine system which is part of our Ayurveda can be placed under global traditional knowledge support," the minister added.
The minister also noted that the government's efforts would protect the valuable indigenous medicine practiced in Sri Lanka across many other countries and competitors.
It would also ensure the government's continued efforts to develop medical tourism.