OCTA regional project for Caymans’ entrepreneurs

OCTA regional project for Caymans’ entrepreneurs


Entrepreneurs in the Caymans are benefitting from the COSME programme financed by the  European Union’s 10th European Development Fund (EDF). It is contributing to sustainable and climate-resilient economic diversification and prosperity of the Caribbean OCTs by improving the competitiveness of Micro, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (MSMEs).

Altogether, MSMEs in 12 Caribbean OCTs are participating in targeted events, workshops and networking exercises, all aimed at enhancing and promoting micro and small and medium-sized businesses.

The programme allowed Olivia B, a leading fashion designer from the Caymans to take part in in ‘Summer Sizzle’ – an event showcasing the region’s latest fashions – held in the British Virgin Islands in July 2016.  “It was great to be in an environment of like-minded creative individuals because I don’t feel that there is a lot of promotion of art here in Cayman and fashion design is bottom of the artistic list,” Olivia told a Caymans’ newswire. “It was therefore great to be able to learn more from the wider Caribbean perspective.”

Chuck Thompson, Vice President of the Cayman Islands Agricultural Society, has also benefitted from COSME funding. He participated in an interactive four-day workshop in Suriname, aimed at bringing together business owners within the agricultural sector from the 12 OCTs. “It was a rigorous four days that were well-packed with lots of activities,” Mr. Thompson said. “The first two days were spent visiting farms and fisheries, talking with owners about issues such as agriculture and animal husbandry, through to packaging and processing, certifications and so on. It was eye opening to see the process from A to Z. We then spent two days at a conference which offered unique networking opportunities, allowing us to see how we could work together as agricultural businesses within the Caribbean territories,” he told the Caymans’ newswire.

Also developed under the programme:  a platform –  CaribConnect – matches entrepreneurs with mentors, as well as with investors and financing institutions.

Link to CaribConnect

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EU funding to spur Smart communities

EU funding to spur Smart communities


The European Union (EU) is providing funding for lighthouse projects to trailblaze tomorrow’s Smart communities.

An EU call for projects that combine innovations in energy efficiency, buildings, transport and information technology, as the foundations of Smart communities, will be launched on October 4, 2016. 

Funding of EUR 12-18 per project over 5 years from the EU’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, will go to projects that have solid business plans, real impact on communities and replication potential in other EU member states. 

To be eligible, a minimum of three cities in different EU member states and three ‘follower’ cities in different EU member states must form a consortium. The deadline for lighthouse project submissions is 14 February, 2017.

The lighthouse projects fund innovations to transform agglomerations such as the smart integration of the electricity grid with renewable sources, innovations in building management to facilitate integration with local energy systems, economic research to develop highly innovative approaches and to test integrated business models and to refine business replication plans.

Lighthouse projects do not fund construction and installation costs such as the windows and heat pumps for buildings, electric cars and ICT tools.

“We are not specifically looking for technological contributions. It is your freedom and responsibility to come up with new ways of doing things; contributing and implementing them – that is innovation,” said Jens Bartholmes, Policy Officer for new energy technologies, innovation and clean coal at the European Commission’s Directorate General for Energy.  

Those applying must also have Energy Sustainability Action Plans in place – preferably endorsed by the EU’s Covenant of Mayors. The Covenant of Mayors is an EU initiative for climate change that for Climate & Energy bringing together thousands of local and regional authorities who commit on a voluntary basis to implement the EU’s climate and energy objectives on their territory.

Signatories pledge to reduce CO2 emissions by at least 40% by 2030 and to adopt an integrated approach to tackling mitigation and adaptation to climate change.

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Cancellation of a Call for Proposals: OCTA Innovation Pilot Projects

Cancellation of a Call for Proposals: OCTA Innovation Pilot Projects


1. Publication reference

OCTA Innovation Pilot projects FED/2013/022-558

2. Date of publication
13 October 2015

3. Programme title
Territorial Strategies for Innovation (TSI)

4. Contracting authority
The Association of overseas countries and territories (OCTA)

5. Reason for cancellation
In compliance with the rules applicable to the publication of the call of proposals, eligibility check, the selection criteria and the evaluation grids, certain irregularities in the procedure have been noticed in particular where these have prevented fair competition (p.2.4.13 of PRAG). In the context of the above, the grant award procedure has been cancelled.

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International Climate Initiative call for 2017

The International Climate Initiative is open to a broad range of participants from Germany and abroad. It supports projects carried out in partner countries by German federal implementing agencies, NGOs, business enterprises, universities and research institutes based in Germany and abroad, and by international and multinational organizations and institutions, e.g. development banks and United Nations bodies and programmes.

The International Climate Initiative (IKI) supports projects in developing countries and emerging economies, and countries in transition. It consists of four areas of support:

  • Mitigating greenhouse gas emissions
  • Adapting to the impacts of climate change
  • Conserving natural carbon sinks with a focus on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+)
  • Conserving biological diversity

Proposal deadline: 6 June 2016.

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BNP Paribas climate initiative: call for projects 2016

Since 2010, the BNP Paribas Foundation has been developing its Climate Initiative, a corporate philanthropy programme to support scienti c research aimed at increasing our understanding about the climate and climate change, and to assess their impact on our environment.

The programme has a budget of €3 million over three years, and involves a call for projects followed by a rigorous selection process led by people who are well known within their area of research and representing a large scope of climate related research ends.

The aim of this call for projects is to select 4-7 research projects that will increase our understanding about issues related to climate change. The projects will receive nancial support from the BNP Paribas Foundation for a three-year period (2017-2019).

Deadline: 2nd May 2016.

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2016/2017 Priority Areas for Long-term Training and Development

2016/2017 Priority Areas for Long-term Training and Development

The 2016/2017 priority areas for long-term training and development  were released as the 67th cabinet decision for 2016. The 2016-17 List of Priority Areas for Long-term Learning & Development covers 44 areas of study with an additional 20 areas specific for distance learning.

Learning and devlopment

Application deadline is April 30, 2016. Application forms are available at the Human Resources Management Unit located at Government Headquarters in Brades, Montserrat or email: training.HRMU@gov.ms.

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Turks and Caicos support local entrepreneurs

Turks and Caicos support local entrepreneurs

Next month sees the commencement of the Government’s Micro Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME) programme which will be managed by Invest Turks and Caicos with support from the Centre for Entrepreneurial Development (CED) and Ministry of Finance.

The creation of the programme is an acknowledgement of the importance the Government places on small businesses.  The Hon. Washington Missick, Minister of Finance, Investment and Trade, stated ‘The SME sector is the lifeblood of any economy. In Turks and Caicos it accounts for 90% of all established businesses; contributes to around half of our GDP; and employs around 40% of the Islands’ workforce.  It is extremely important that we recognise and support these operations and create the business climate which facilitates growth, and encourages budding entrepreneurs to set up their own businesses.’

John Rutherford, Chief Executive of Invest Turks and Caicos, added ‘The successful running of this programme is a key objective for the Agency and we look forward to supporting the growth of the small business sector.  We and our partners will be conducting a programme of town hall meetings throughout the islands, as well as promoting the programme through print, voice and social media. Government is keen that priority be given to those companies and individuals that have new, innovative ideas, matched by a strong business plan, and I would encourage all islander-owned businesses to attend a meeting to learn more about what type of business qualifies for these benefits, and how the process will work.’

The MSME Ordinance makes provision for the Government to provide Concession Orders to qualifying businesses which operate in identified priority business sectors. The Concession Orders will permit the company or start-up to specific benefits or reliefs depending on the size of the business.

Application forms for Concession Orders will be available from Invest Turks and Caicos offices at Courtyard Plaza, Providenciales, as well as at designated locations throughout the islands from 1 April. Processing of Concession Orders will commence in early May.

Qualifying business sectors are:

  • Agriculture subsectors of  a) market gardening, b) hydroponics, c) farm mechanisation, d) livestock and dairy development, e) agro-business and f) apiculture (beekeeping);
  • Fisheries sub-sectors of a) fish farming, b) fish processing; c) farm mechanisation
  • Manufacturing, processing and commercial cleaning services;
  • Tourism sub-sectors of: a) bed and breakfast, b) vacation rentals, and c) tourism attractions.
  • Physical infrastructure considered essential to the areas listed under the Agriculture and Fisheries priority areas;
  • Technology and Innovation;
  • Arts and Music.

Source: Government of the Turks and Caicos islands

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Polynésie française : la cosmétique traditionnelle à l’honneur

Polynésie française : la cosmétique traditionnelle à l’honneur

S’il existe depuis très longtemps une pharmacopée qui recense les plantes à usage thérapeutique, les travaux dans le domaine de la cosmétique traditionnelle sont encore peu recensés dans des écrits. Le concept de la cosmétopée fait appel à des partenariats internationaux pour recenser les plantes utilisées à des fins cosmétiques et les savoir-faire traditionnels. Il a pour objectif de favoriser l’innovation cosmétique en développant les échanges entre la recherche académique et le monde industriel, favorisant les partenariats public/privé pour alimenter les entreprises, et tout particulièrement les PMEs, en nouveaux ingrédients et principes actifs d’origine naturelle dans le respect des hommes et de la nature.

Les régions du Pacifique Sud telles que les régions ultramarines françaises (Nouvelle-Calédonie, Polynésie Française, Wallis et Futuna) et d’autres comme l’archipel des îles Fiji, constituent des zones privilégiées de la biodiversité, non seulement par la diversité de la flore et de la faune (terrestre et marine) qui s’y trouve mais aussi par les services rendus par cette diversité biologique incluant les usages de la pharmacopée et de la cosmétopée qui font partie intégrante de leur patrimoine culturel.

Le cluster Tahiti Fa’ahotu, la Cosmetic Valley et l’Université de la Polynésie Française organise à Tahiti, les 22, 23 et 24 novembre 2016 le 5ème Congrès international de la Cosmétopée et les 1ères Rencontres internationales de la Cosmétopée du Pacifique.

Cet événement, vise à promouvoir les différents aspects de la cosmétopée au niveau du Pacifique et International sur les thématiques portant sur trois axes :

Axe 1 : Cosmétique traditionnelle et dermocosmétique : Biodiversité, cosmétopée – Ethnobotanique (traditionnel) Phytochimie – Ethnoscience – substances naturelles – usages traditionnels – Activités biologiques)

Axe 2 : Protection des savoirs et des échanges : Biosourcing, Nagoya (APA – ABS), culture, sécurité, législation locale, régionale et internationale, développement local, accords collaboratifs, transferts de compétences

Axe 3 : Valorisation des produits, protection des consommateurs : client, marché, sécurité, innocuité, produits finis, consommateurs, valorisation économique, procédés, transformations, formulations

Les organisateurs lancent un appel à communication ouvert jusqu’au 30 mai.


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Guide on EU Funding for the Tourism Sector

Guide on EU Funding for the Tourism Sector

Guide on EU Funding for the Tourism Sector has been launched today (5 April 2016) at the high-level conference ‘Invest it Tourism’. The conference was organised by the European Commission with a special focus on two priority subjects for EU tourism:

  • improving the business environment to attract more investment and to better use EU funds to boost the competitiveness of the sector
  • raising awareness of the investment needs to boost skills and mobility of the tourism workforce

Speakers included Elżbieta Bieńkowska, Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, Marianne Thyssen, Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility, and Corina Crețu, Commissioner for Regional Policy.

Guide on EU Funding for the Tourism Sector focuses on the most important EU programmes for the tourism sector, around practical questions: type of tourism-related actions eligible for funding; who can apply; type and level of funding; and how to apply & when. It also points at concrete examples of what has been funded under previous programmes, as a possible source of inspiration.

Full guide available here

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