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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Récompenser les entreprises, l’innovation et la créativité!

Récompenser les entreprises, l’innovation et la créativité!

Les événements EIC (Entreprise, Innovation, Créativité – BIC en anglais) font partie intégrante du programme Réseau de soutien à l’innovation d’OCTA Innovation.

Il y a un concours dans les trois domaines. Le Prix d’Entreprise EIC donnera une récompense à une entreprise d’outremer qui excelle dans l’innovation. De même, le prix d’Innovation EIC ira à une pratique exemplaire d’innovation dans un PTOM et le prix de la créativité EIC à une œuvre dans les domaines de l’art et de la créativité.

Les prix EIC sont une distinction prestigieuse pour une entreprise originaire d’un PTOM et cela permet de mettre en valeur l’innovation et la créativité dans les PTOM.

Les cérémonies EIC présenteront les meilleurs exemples et pratiques d’entreprises, d’innovation et de créativité dans les PTOM. La remise des prix aura lieu dans les sphères européennes : au Parlement européen, à la Commission européenne, lors de conférences ou d’ateliers à Bruxelles, ou lors de toutes occasions spéciales.

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Les projets pilotes : encore une étape !

Les projets pilotes : encore une étape !

Les projets pilotes nous tiennent en haleine depuis le lancement de l’appel d’offres !

L’innovation est le moteur de la croissance économique durable et se retrouve dans presque tous les domaines économiques et sociaux. Cela a été particulièrement bien illustré dans la vaste portée des propositions de projets pilotes reçues.

Dans le bureau d’OCTA Innovation, nous examinons à présent l’ensemble des pièces justificatives pour vérifier l’éligibilité des candidats aux projets pilotes.

La dernière étape avant de procéder à la sélection des projets : nous allons prochainement établir la liste préliminaire des candidats retenus pour les projets pilotes.

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Polynésie française : Concours Poly’Nov

Polynésie française : Concours Poly’Nov

Le 1° Concours Poly’Nov soutient le développement de l’innovation en Polynésie française; il est initié par Tahiti Fa’ahotu sous le parrainage du Président de la Polynésie française.

Dans le cadre du concours Poly’Nov, l’innovation s’entend au sens large; elle pourra se présenter sous la forme de produits, de services, de procédés techniques ou organisationnels et répondre aux objectifs de développement économique, de cohésion sociale et/ou de protection de l’environnement.

C’est ainsi que peuvent être présentés des projets dont la faisabilité technique, économique et juridique sont établies et qui peuvent donner lieu, à court terme, à une création d’entreprise ou à une exploitation par une entreprise déjà constituée.

Les dossiers de candidatures seront clos le 29 avril 2016. Retrouvez toutes les informations en ligne sur le site de Tahiti Fa’ahotu.

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Innovation – a theme of EU competition for tomorrow’s leaders

Innovation – a theme of EU competition for tomorrow’s leaders

Are you aged between 21 and 26 and and can show how science, technology and innovation – among other topics – are helping to solve the world’s problems?

If so, you can apply until 18 March 2016 to be one of 16 Young Leaders invited to address a global audience at the European Development Days (EDD) Forum in Brussels, June 15-16 2016, all-expenses-paid by the European Commission.

How to apply? Applicants must show an in-depth knowledge of one of the topics of the conference, which include science, technology and innovation, and explain how they will represent young people at the EDD.

For more: http://www.eudevdays.eu/young-leaders

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EU Grant for OCTA Innovation Pilot Projects

EU Grant for OCTA Innovation Pilot Projects

Associated to the European Union (EU), the Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs) comprise 25 islands, which have special links with Denmark, France, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom, located in the Caribbean Sea, and the Indian, Pacific, and Atlantic oceans.

Twenty-two (22) OCTs, of which 21 inhabited, are members of the Overseas Countries and Territories Association (OCTA). One of the aim of OCTA is to contribute to the sustainable development of the OCTs, namely through innovation, competitiveness, and green growth.

OCTA recognised the critical need to spur innovation among key stakeholders (enterprises, education institutes, and public institutions). With the support of the European Commission (EC), OCTA initiated a dedicated project, “Territorial strategies for innovation” (OCTA Innovation project), which provides technical and demand-driven services to the governments of the OCT.

The TSI project aims to meet the challenge “Innovation for sustainable islands’ growth”. For that purpose, the European Commission has allocated an overall budget of € 5 million, for technical assistance and implementation of pilot projects in the OCTs. The project focuses namely on the following OCTs: Anguilla, Aruba, Bonaire, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Curaçao, Falkland Islands, French Polynesia, Greenland, Montserrat, New Caledonia, Pitcairn, Saba, Saint Helena Ascension Tristan da Cunha Islands, Saint-Barthélemy, Saint-Pierre and Miquelon, Sint Eustatius, Sint Maarten, Turks and Caicos Islands, Wallis and Futuna. The technical assistance contract was awarded to the consortium Eurecna (Venice, Italy) and Egis (France) for a four-year period (April 2014 – March 2018). A team of experts (a core team based in Brussels and a number of short-term experts) is supporting the OCT governments, both from Brussels and in the OCTs, in order to:

  • Establish an innovation strategy for each OCT;
  • Establish action plans for implementing the strategy and then to carry them out;
  • Create training tools to raise the awareness of innovation;
  • Facilitate an innovation network through a digital platform and training sessions;
  • Develop regional cooperation.

Objectives of Grant Application and Priority Issues

The global objective of this application is to enhance sustainable development through innovative solutions for economic diversification and to improve regional and global competitiveness of the OCTs.
The specific objectives of this grant application are:

  1. To support the reinforcement of OCTs capacities on innovation and related strategy setting, and to encourage regional and sectoral cooperation when appropriate ;
  2. To develop a shared approach and enhance the links between the main stakeholders (i.e. private sector, research, education and public authorities) on strategic objectives for supporting innovation in OCTs;
  3. To create the appropriate framework and tools for supporting OCTs in the implementation of their strategies for innovation.

Good governance is a major crosscutting issue that will be taken into account through the consensus building and the involvement of all stakeholders. Policy-makers constitute a key element of the project and guarantee that the approach of the innovation strategies in the OCTs will have a democratic dimension. A more technical issue related to governance regards the lack or unreliability of statistical data and information which will be taken into consideration.

Grant Documents in French

Grant documents in English.

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