Jean-Michel Le Saux, signataire de la Déclaration

Jean-Michel Le Saux, signataire de la Déclaration

Jean-Michel Le Saux a activement participé lors de la conférence internationale d’OCTA Innovation en tant que Directeur de l’innovation de Nouvelle-Calédonie à la formulation et à la signature de la déclaration des directeurs de l’innovation.

Déclaration

La conférence internationale de l’innovation, organisée par OCTA Innovation, s’est déroulée à Ponta Delgada aux Açores du 11 au 14 avril 2017. Elle a rassemblé des représentants de Pays et Territoires d’Outre-mer (PTOM) de l’Union européenne, le gouvernement açorien, la Commission européenne et des experts en innovation, afin d’étudier la manière dont l’innovation favorise le développement durable dans les petites îles ainsi que de mettre en place une certaine coopération et de créer un terrain propice à de futures initiatives.

Les piliers et valeurs à la base d’une société ont été examinés, tout comme les capacités et les besoins de toutes les parties prenantes pour les étayer. La mise en œuvre de divers types et niveaux d’innovation a été envisagée. La vision d’une société prospère et inclusive sur le plan économique doit reposer sur l’innovation et une collaboration totale entre les acteurs publics et privés. L’innovation doit soutenir toutes les parties prenantes dans la société, tant dans le domaine économique que social. De plus, son rôle s’avère essentiel pour lutter contre les problèmes liés à la raréfaction des ressources naturelles, au changement climatique et au développement durable. Les gouvernements doivent garantir de bonnes conditions pour promouvoir l’innovation. Les responsables de l’innovation des Pays et Territoires d’Outre-mer de l’Union européenne, membres actifs d’OCTA Innovation réunis aux Açores, s’engagent à entretenir ces dynamiques.

Les gouvernements doivent prendre les devants en ce qui concerne l’innovation systémique dans tous les secteurs, en encourageant la création de partenariats entre des entités publiques et privées, ainsi qu’en promouvant le partage des connaissances et le renforcement des capacités. L’objectif est de mettre en place plusieurs centres d’excellence régionaux thématiques dans les PTOM, en particulier pour les secteurs où certains PTOM ouvrent déjà la voie, et d’assurer un partage de l’expertise entre les PTOM et avec les différentes régions.

 

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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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Main challenges and opportunities for the future

Main challenges and opportunities for the future

Similarly to other small economies, the economy is more vulnerable in terms of response to crises. In addition, there are still development challenges due to the archipelago’s geographical position, which entails extra costs for goods and services (transport, logistics, energy), as well as constraints on economic and social integration with other national and EU territories. There is also a lack of critical mass for certain economic, financial or scientific projects. Furthermore, it is difficult to balance the traditional production processes, local living conditions and protection of the environment and ecosystems with the need to boost the local economy in order to compete in a globalised world.
Nevertheless, the region also offers many opportunities due to its geostrategic position and its biodiversity (it is an Atlantic link to other continents). The tourism potential anchored in valuable natural and cultural heritage is also of great importance for the regional economy. The Azores is also exposed to climate change-related phenomena. However, this too can represent an opportunity to develop pilot projects for mitigation and adaption measures, and some such projects are already under way, such as geothermic energy production in the Azores. Read more about EP briefing about Azores
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OCTA Innovation Issue 11 / 2017 –  2IC Azores

OCTA Innovation Issue 11 / 2017 – 2IC Azores

OCTA Innovation’s International Conference at the Nonagon Science and Technology Park in Ponta Delgada, the Azores, April 11-14 2017, was a resounding success. The gathering of OCT Innovation Managers, the government of the Azores, the European Commission and innovation and creativity experts was extremely promising and fruitful. The event was unique in building synergies between OCTs and the EU’s Outermost Regions.

Similarities between the two in meeting the challenges related to isolated territories were highlighted by Rui Bettencourt, Regional Assistant Secretary of the Presidency for External Relations of the Azores. Opportunities for cooperation were articulated by Chair of OCTA Innovation’s Steering Committee, Janice Panton.

As the Team Leader of OCTA Innovation, I am proud that Innovation Managers decided to draw up a conference declaration clearly showing a firm grip of innovation, creativity and leadership and in this way taking ownership of the very concept of OCTA Innovation. The Declaration calls on Heads of Government of the EU’s Overseas Countries and Territories to take full responsibility for prosperity of OCTs by taking the lead in developing the conditions for implementing Systemic Innovation.

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Janice Panton, opening the International Conference in the Azores

Janice Panton, opening the International Conference in the Azores

Chair of the OCT Association OCTA’s Innovation Steering Committee, Ms. Janice Panton, Head of the Montserrat UK Office opened the OCTA Innovation International Conference in the Azores.

She stressed high importance of innovation for Overseas Countries and Territories and particularly EU-funded initiatives in innovation with Association of Overseas Countries and Territories.

She joined other specialists in the field to look at how innovation is spurring sustainable development in small islands and the scope for future initiatives.

Referring to the Azores, she said « We believe that as small territories as territories that are more isolated, the Azores being in the middle of Europe, you have closer links with the EU than we do. And we believe that we can learn a lot from being here”.

Interview from Ms. Janice Panton in the video.

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Government of the Azores and cooperation with the OCTs

Government of the Azores and cooperation with the OCTs

During the OCTA Innovation International Conference, the Regional Assistant Secretary of the Presidency for External Relations, Mr. Rui Bettencourt expressed the Regional Government’s interest in establishing “new alliances” of cooperation with European overseas territories.

“We are talking about territories that may not only a number of interesting markets for us, but can also open geopolitical alliances in the world,” stressed Rui Bettencourt at the opening of the International Conference of OCTA.

In his speech, Rui Bettencourt stressed that this is “an interesting organisation for the Azores as a new ally within the EU,” as it “enhances the projection of Europe in the world.”

“We are now starting a process of rapprochement to those territories and learn how we can collaborate,” Rui Bettencourt said, stressing that, at this stage,” we need to “exchange ideas” so that we may analyse together what we can do with these territories.

In this regard, the Regional Secretary stressed that, during the works of the two-day conference, “regional companies will show what is to innovate and confront this innovation with what their counterparts do in these territories.”

“These territories are located in various parts of the world, from the Caribbean to the Pacific, but all something in common with us: the fact that they are islands as well as small and fragile territories that are very distant from the European Union; therefore, they share some common concerns with us,” said Rui Bettencourt.

For the Regional Secretary “the interest is twofold,” emphasising that, on the one hand, we want to say “we exist and we have good practices,” seeing that other practices exist and may be shared, and, on the other hand, “we might have a market for some of our products.”

OCTA Innovation International Conference took place at Nonagon. The Nonagon is the first Science and Technology Park of the Azores. It is located in Lagoa, on Sao Miguel Island.

Nonagon’s goal is to position itself as a structural organization in technological dynamism and training of skilled human capital in the field of information systems and communications, monitoring and earth observation, space and sea. It also aims to establish itself as a catalyst in the technological synergies transfer processes of the Azores innovation ecosystem.

Nonagon is an initiative of the Regional Government in partnership with the municipality of Lagoa in order to promote coordination between the public, private and university, leading to the creation of a new development paradigm.

You may watch the video of the OCTA Innovation international conference.

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Declaration

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.

Innovation Managers: Anguilla, Bren Romney; Aruba, Bianca Peters; Bonaire, Dianne Boelmans; British Virgin Islands, Lizette George; Cayman Islands, Jamaal Anderson; Curaçao, Fiona Curie; Falkland Islands, Michael Betts; French Polynesia, Bran Quinquis; Greenland, Lars Balslev; Montserrat, Angela Estwick; New Caledonia, Jean-Michel Le Saux; Pitcairn, Leslie Jaques; Saba, Menno Van der Velde; St. Barthélemy, Pascal Peuchot; St. Helena, Niall O’Keeffe; St. Pierre-et-Miquelon, Olivier Gaston; St. Eustatius, Roy Hooker; St. Maarten, Jude Houston; Turks and Caicos Islands, Alexa Cooper-Grant; Wallis and Futuna, Carole Manry.

OCTA Innovation Team Leader, Milan Jezic von Gesseneck: innovation@octa-innovation.eu

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BIC Awards Ceremony in the Azores

BIC Awards Ceremony in the Azores

The BIC Awards Ceremony took place in the Igreja do Colégio dos
Jesuítas (Church of the Jesuit College) in Ponta Delgada in the Azores on April 12th 2017.

Out of the 23 nominations received, BIC Awards were given as follows:

Business Awards

  • Branches of Learning, Anguilla
  • Agrilogic Systèmes, New-Caledonia
  • Distillerie de Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon, Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon
  • SafetyNet, Turks & Caicos Island

 Innovation Awards

  • Green’S’Cool Foundation, Aruba
  • Fresh Water Mill, Bonaire
  • Curaçao Innovation Award, Curaçao
  • Tahiti Fa’Ahotu, French Polynesia
  • Visioon, New-Caledonia

Creativity Awards

  • Creative Lab Caribbean, Curaçao
  • Street Art Skalo, Curaçao
  • Emerald Isle Ceramics – Montserrat
  • Pacific Game Lab, New-Caledonia
  • Alternative Constructions, New-Caledonia

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2IC – Sharing innovation approaches

2IC – Sharing innovation approaches

The Azores and Overseas Countries and Territories will share approaches to sustainable development through innovation at OCTA Innovation’s international conference at the Nonagon Science and Technology Park, Azores, 11-12th April.

The conference will address both Scientific and technological innovation and market-driven innovation.

Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) moves the economy and has the potential to be disruptive, bringing major change to an economy and society.

Major digital innovation, such as the creation of the internet and the ‘Google’ search engine, are examples of disruptive innovation.

Market-driven innovation – ‘Doing, Using and Interacting’ (DUI) – is not pushed by science, but driven by the market. Best practice and creativity implemented within a business context, for example, can create new ideas and markets. Cooperation with all actors within a country, with neighbouring countries and with others in a region, is vital to identify best innovation practice.

 

 

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