OCTA Innovation Technical Assistance in the Creative Industry in TCI

OCTA Innovation Technical Assistance in the Creative Industry in TCI

Sectoral Study of the Creative Industries and Innovation in the Turks and Caicos Islands

OCTA Innovation in collaboration with the Department of Culture, on June 4th – 5th, hosted information gathering sessions with key stakeholders and entrepreneurs within the creative industry sector in the TCI. The sessions were steered by Mr. Jacques Grysole, visiting Consultant of OCTA Innovation and President, Expansion Strategies Inc. a Canadian based company.

The aim of the mission was to conduct a sectoral study on Creative Industries and innovation in the Turks and Caicos Islands which included:

  • Scoping and mapping on status and opportunities in the creative industry.
  • Identifying innovative actions which could be implemented in short and medium term to create jobs, to enhance the SME development and to diversify the economy.
  • Pulling out the actors and making synergy of different media and cooperation between content users and content producers.

Topics discussed were:

  • short profile of the industries sectors
  • strengths and weaknesses,
  • innovation opportunities and constraints
  • strategic orientations and
  • proposed action plan.

OCTA Innovation a dedicated project initiated by the Overseas Countries Territories, since implementation the TCI has benefited from various technical assistance support in addition to this TA support to the Department of Culture as steps are taken towards the formalization and recognition of the creative industry sector in the TCI.

Innovation Manager for TCI and VP SME Development, Invest Turks and Caicos, Ms. Alexa Cooper commented “Being able to secure the Technical Assistance through OCTA Innovation for the Department of Culture was extremely important. It is the first step in helping to identify the current state of the industry, the number of persons involved, the opportunities that exist and charting a way forward for improvements to and further development of the sectors. There are a lot of very creative and talented young minds in the TCI, providing an enabling environment that hone their skills and fosters entrepreneurship can be the catalyst to sustainable growth of another industry in the TCI.” 

Attending Day one session were Hon. Karen Malcolm, Minister for Education, Youth, Culture and Library Services, Permanent Secretary Mr. Wesley Clerveaux, Director of Culture Ms. Ludwina Fulford, Director National Trust Ms. Ethyln Gibbs-Williams, Museum Representative, Mrs. Candianne Williams and Mr. David Bowen, former Director of Culture. Day Two session accommodated the entrepreneurs within the various industry sectors. Participants were Crystal “Tess” Charles, Daphne Forbes, Delphine Scott, Emily Malcolm, Jean Taylor, Esher Parker, Hezron Henry, Andy Williams (DJ Shakes) and David Bowen along with the Department of Culture Director and staff.

Commenting on the session Hon. Karen Malcolm stated “I am extremely pleased that we were able to partner with OCTA Innovation to meet with and discuss things to move the Creative Industry along.  The discussions have been very robust and have brought a number of challenges being faced to light but we were also able to come up with several solutions that will help to put our artisan community in a much better standing.  We recognize that for some time now, not enough attention has been placed on this industry. However, we are renewing our commitment to providing the necessary support by way of the Department of Culture and other such stakeholders. “

The creative industry covers sectors such as; Heritage, Museums, Theatres, Music, Fashion, Design, Film, television and radio, Interactive digital media (IDM), Books, Print Media, Digital Publishing and Literature, Advertising, Culinary, Local and Traditional Crafts, Festivals.

 

 

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Video OCTA Innovation BRUZZ: Turks and Caicos Islands with the Premier Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson

Video OCTA Innovation BRUZZ: Turks and Caicos Islands with the Premier Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson

Video from the OCTA Innovation BRUZZ on Turks and Caicos Islands on 13th of July 2017

On the 13th July 2017 at the Brussels Press Club, The Chair of the Overseas Countries and Territories Association, Honourable Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson, Premier and Minister for Investment and Trade of the Turks and Caicos Islands, gave a presentation on ‘Innovation, Tourism and Investment in the Turks and Caicos Islands’.
Remarks were also made by Mr. Denis Salord, Head of Unit, Relations with the OCTs, DG Devco, on behalf of the European Commission and Carol Voges on behalf of OCTA and Milan Jezic von Gesseneck Team Leader of OCTA Innovation.
Premier Robinson responded to questions posed by members of the media and potential investors.

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OCTA Innovation Issue 16/ 2017 – BRUZZ TCI

OCTA Innovation Issue 16/ 2017 – BRUZZ TCI

Honourable Premier Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson with her team, including Ms. Tracy Knight Turks and Caicos Islands EU representative based in London, addressed Brussels audience in Brussels Press Club last Thursday 13th of July. Turks and Caicos Islands is an innovating island, with an economy based on tourism and investments, but also committed to renewable energies initiatives.

President of OCTA Executive Committee Mrs. Carol Voges gave visibility to the Association of Overseas Countries and Territories. BRUZZ was honoured not only having the most reputable persons from OCTs but enjoyed presence of the European Commission having welcome by Mr. Denis Salord, EC Development and Cooperation Head of Unit for the Overseas Countries and Territories of the European Union.

OCTA Innovation Brussels BRUZZ events rise the visibility of OCTs both directly to Brussels audience but also to the world wide audience due to the high press coverage and high OCTA Innovation visibility. Audience including journalists, TV reporters and different experts and stakeholders enjoyed discovering TCI uniqueness and various opportunities. We are proud with the success of the latest BRUZZ event on Turks and Caicos Islands. This BRUZZ event has helped strengthening the links between the OCTs and the European Union.


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TCI’s Premier in Brussels

TCI’s Premier in Brussels

Chair of the Overseas Countries and Territories Association, Honourable Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson, Premier and Minister for Investment and Trade of the Turks and Caicos Islands has in cooperation with OCTA Innovation invited the Brussels audience for a direct talk in Brussels Press Club.

After a brief presentation of the Turks and Caicos Islands, Premier Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson gave an overview of the major opportunity sector in this OCT, being Tourism and Investment but also of the other opportunities in the financial services, infrastructure and agriculture sectors.

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Understanding of Systemic Innovation

Understanding of Systemic Innovation

OCTs governments implement innovation across all sectors; fostering partnerships between public and private entities based on knowledge sharing and capacity-building.

TCI Innovation Director Shonia Thomas-Been and TCI Innovation Manager Alexa Cooper-Grant with their innovation council are doing great job.

Turks and Caicos Islands is currently one of the leading OCTs in implementing systemic innovation.

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Investment in Turks and Caicos Islands

Investment in Turks and Caicos Islands

Five reasons to invest in the TCI:

• Strong Economy

• Pro-Business Investment Climate

• Strong Legal System

• Effective Regulation and Compliance

• Easy Access

Investment opportunities in the Tourism Sector exist in eco, marine and soft adventure tourism; medical tourism, sports medicine, culinary arts, marinas, hotel and villa development.

Other investment opportunities can be found in the financial services, infrastructure and agriculture sectors, including hydroponics.

Herewith attached: TCI Investment Presentation

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Tourism dream

Tourism dream

Tourism is the main industry in TCI and contributes over 60% of GDP of the country. As tourist destination in the Caribbean region, TCI is the fastest growing OCT, where United States have 81.7% of all stop-over arrivals to the island.

The tremendous growth in visitor arrivals to the destination can be attributed to a number of factors including:

• Accessibility to the destination with frequent flights from most major cities in the United States,

• Market position as a high-end luxury destination,

• Protected pristine natural environment with the world’s third largest barrier reef,

• Low crime rate.

Herewith attached: TCI Tourism Presentation

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BRUZZ on Turks and Caicos Islands

BRUZZ on Turks and Caicos Islands

Chair of the Overseas Countries and Territories Association, Honourable Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson, Premier and Minister for Investment and Trade of the Turks and Caicos Islands is in cooperation with OCTA Innovation inviting you for a direct talk and networking drink.

It is no wonder that the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) are one of the fastest growing and most innovative economies in the Caribbean.

An Overseas Country and Territory of the European Union, TCI is made of up of forty islands, of which eight are inhabited with a combined population of forty thousand. The country has established itself as a leading, high-end luxury tourism destination with five star rated hotels and spas, and world class restaurants.

With Standard and Poor’s Credit rating for TCI at BBB+, and an annual economic projected growth of 4.3%, the government has embraced innovation as a way forward. This creates exciting pro-business investment opportunities. TCI is ready for take-off and is open for business.

Free registration: here.

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Alexa Cooper-Grant, one of the signatories of the Declaration

Alexa Cooper-Grant, one of the signatories of the Declaration

Alexa Cooper-Grant, Innovation Manager for the Turks and Caicos Islands actively participated in the OCTA Innovation International Conference and to the formulation and to the signature of the Declaration of the Innovation Managers.

Declaration

The OCTA Innovation International Conference took place in Ponta Delgada, Azores on 11-14 April 2017. It gathered representatives of the Overseas Countries and Territories of the European Union (OCTs), the government of the Azores, the European Commission and innovation experts to look at how innovation is spurring sustainable development in small islands and to develop cooperation and future initiatives.

The pillars and values that are the basis of a society were considered as well as the capacities and needs of all stakeholders to underpin them. The implementation of different types and different levels of innovation have been under consideration. The vision of an economically prosperous and inclusive society should be based on innovation and entire collaboration between public and private actors. Innovation should support all stakeholders in society, in both economic and social fields and is perceived as crucial for tackling the issues of natural resources, climate change and sustainable development. The governments have to ensure enabling conditions for propelling innovation. Innovation Managers of the Overseas Countries and Territories of European Union, active members of OCTA Innovation, assembled in the Azores, commit themselves to feeding these dynamics.

Governments must take the lead in systemic innovation across all sectors; fostering partnerships between public and private entities and knowledge sharing and capacity-building. The ambition is to grow a number of thematic and regional centres of excellence among OCTs with a focus on those sectors where individual OCTs are already leading the way, and to share expertise among the OCTs and with regions.

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