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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New President of OCTA Executive Committee

New President of OCTA Executive Committee

Congratulations to Carol Voges. Ms. Carol Voges, Head of Finance and Economic Affairs at Cabinet of the Minister Plenipotentiary of Sint Maarten, and member of OCTA Innovation Steering Committee who is the new Chair of the Executive Committee of OCTA.

Under OCTA’s present statutes, the Executive Committee is composed of eight Members and one President, elected by the Ministerial Conference every year from among OCTs having an Europe-based Representative.

The Executive Committee meets 10 to 12 times a year, usually in Brussels. Its role is to translate political priorities set by the Ministerial Conference into actions and to this end its work is organised around working groups. OCT Representatives who are not official members of the Executive Committee can attend as observers and take part in the working groups.

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Sint Maarten delegation visits Statia to purchase cattle

Sint Maarten delegation visits Statia to purchase cattle

 

Statia has  a surplus of cattle. Loose cattle, which Statia has hundreds of it,  causes many economical and ecological damage. They also pose a safety hazard and impede the development of agriculture and horticulture. On the French part of the neighboring island of St. Maarten there is a shortage of cattle. Recently a slaughterhouse opened that because of the low supply of cattle is not cost effective.

On August 17th the Economic  Affairs Unit at the Dutch Caribbean organized a trade mission which was attended by a delegation from French St. Martin. Agreements have been made about the transfer of cattle, the conditions that are needed for that and a broader cooperation in the field of veterinary issues and cattle breeding. Statia wants an identification and registration system meeting EU standards. St. Martin already has experience with this been since 1993  and wants to offer a helping hand.

Ronald Vermeeren

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Caribbean Fashion: St. Maarten’s Color Revolution

Caribbean Fashion: St. Maarten’s Color Revolution

 

Travellers flock to the Caribbean for its beautiful beaches, good food and perfect weather but there’s one overlooked element that may be of wanderlust interest too—fashion. Burgeoning designers in the United States and Europe are able to showcase their work in popular fashion week showcases but Caribbean designers tend to get over looked, so that’s where St. Maarten’s Color Revolution comes in. It provides a platform for up and coming Caribbean designers who have the skills to be showcased on an international level, but also to encourage sartorial enthusiasts around the world to consider new travel destinations for shopping sprees and buying inventory. Highlights from Color Revolution include Donna Dove’s convertible dress-shirt collection, Lisa Faye’s tye-dye caftans and dresses, and Kaj’s breezy resort wear.

 

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Sint Maarten: Evening of Culture

Sint Maarten: Evening of Culture

On the occasion of OCTA Innovation Regional Workshop 5-7 October in Sint Maarten, Innovation Managers were invited to participate at the impressive show at the National Institute of Arts (NIA) and in particular at its performing arts section.

With multiple international awards, NIA has greatly contributed to worldwide publicity of Sint Maarten and Caribbean arts.

The National Institute of Arts was born by the merging of two of St. Maarten’s most prestigious and oldest artists training centers. Founded by Arlene Halley and Clara Reyes provides national and international recognized interdisciplinary art education inspired by the principals of nation building.

Special thanks for organising the meeting to Ms Jorien Wuite, Secretary General Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth and Sports, Government of Sint Maarten, and Mr Hasani Ellis, Innovation Manager.

 

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Sint Maarten – National Development Plan

Sint Maarten – National Development Plan

The Government of Sint Maarten has embarked on a process for collective national visioning and national development planning entitled “Building a Nation: Sint Maarten National Development Plan and Institutional Strenghening“.

Elaborated with the support of UNDP (United Nations Development Programme), the National Development Plan will provide a strategic vision for Sint Maarten, a “shared national vision” and a document outlining future national development that will concentrate on development areas that will improve and advance the social, economic, cultural and environmental situation.

The elaboration of the Plan depends on pending consultations with civil servants, then with the public and private sectors and civil society.

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Sint Maarten – National Development Plan

Sint Maarten – National Development Plan

The Government of Sint Maarten has embarked on a process for collective national visioning and national development planning entitled “Building a Nation: Sint Maarten National Development Plan and

Institutional Strenghening“.

Elaborated with the support of UNDP (United Nations Development Programme), the National Development Plan will provide a strategic vision for Sint Maarten, a

“shared national vision” and a document outlining future national development that will concentrate on development areas that will improve and advance

the social, economic, cultural and environmental situation.

The elaboration of the Plan depends on pending consultations with civil servants, then with the public and private sectors and civil society.

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The Westin St. Maarten Goes Solar

The Westin St. Maarten Goes Solar

The Westin Dawn Beach Resort & Spa, St. Maarten has utilized solar panels to increase sustainability and replace its energy consumption throughout the resort. The Westin Dawn Beach is the first St. Maarten resort, the first Westin hotel or resort in the world, and the only major resort in the Caribbean to implement the use of solar power. The resort began taking advantage of the island’s abundance of sunshine in 2007 with the installation of solar panels to heat the water used in the property’s guest rooms. Now, the Westin St. Maarten is completing a solar installation that allows the resort to produce six to eight hours of its own power during peak times.

The resort’s owner, Columbia Sussex Corporation, working with OneWorld Sustainable, has completed the installation of 2,602 Lightway solar panels for a total system capacity of 755 kilowatts. The completed solar system will produce approximately 1,223,000 Kilowatt hours per year. This is enough electricity to power 111 average sized American homes. The system will avoid 1.9 million pounds of carbon dioxide emissions or the equivalent of CO2 emissions from energy used by 43 homes annually, or 707 acres of forest preserved from deforestation by carbon sequestering.

To install the panels and mounting hardware, OneWorld Sustainable worked with a local St. Maarten company whose employees provided valuable assistance during the three month-long project. OneWorld Sustainable’s President, Tim Blackwell, states, “In very few places around the world does it make better sense to utilize the power of the sun to generate electricity than in the Caribbean.”

Dan Szydlowski, Regional Director, states, “With sunshine nearly guaranteed year round, we saw only positive attributes to making this capital and environmental investment.”

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Regional Innovation Workshop in Sint Maarten, 5-7 October

Regional Innovation Workshop in Sint Maarten, 5-7 October

Caribbean regional workshop will take place 5-7 October 2015 at Sint Maarten. The main aim of the activity is to improve OCTs and OCTA’s capacities and ensure better exchange of experience and expertise in Innovation by gathering the IMs and other relevant stakeholders in regional workshops and a project conference, which would contribute to facilitate the development, access and update of an effective innovation network.

Sint Maarten workshop will be attended by Innovation Managers and stakeholders from 15 OCTs (Anguilla, Aruba, Bonaire, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Curaçao, Falkland Islands, Greenland, Montserrat, Saba, Saint-Barthélemy, Saint Helena, Ascension, Tristan da Cunha Islands, Sint Eustatius, Sint Maarten and Turks and Caicos Islands), and regional stakeholders from Trinidad, Barbados, Guyana as well as from the European Union.

Emphasis should be done on the entrepreneurship, especially on the Micro and Small enterprises active in blue and green economy; on biodiversity protection and on the creation of the set of the policy measures to support economic growth driven by the knowledge and innovation at the OCTs.

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