Best beach in World – Grace Bay, Turks and Caicos

Best beach in World – Grace Bay, Turks and Caicos


Grace Bay in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos has been awarded the title of best beach in World, voted by Travellers on TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel website.

“This beach has shades of blue and green which are just a feast for the eyes. The water is generally gentle making swimming easy. The easy slope makes wading into the ocean a delight. Just watching the waves lap upon the beach is just so serene. Watching the sunrise and the sunset was an experience beyond description,“ said one totally charmed visitor.

It is not the only the beach in an Overseas Country and Territory in the top 25 of TripAdvisor’s Travellers’ Choice Awards for 2018. Eagle Beach, Palm, Aruba and Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman, took fourth and fifth spots respectively. 

OCT hotels featured in TripAdvisor’s 2018 list of best hotels in the World 2018 including The Tuscany, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos and Eden Rock, St Jean St. Barthelemy, placed 23rd and 24th respectively.

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OECD Report rates Cayman same as top rated G20 member countries Canada, Germany and Australia

OECD Report rates Cayman same as top rated G20 member countries Canada, Germany and Australia

“By rating the Cayman Islands as ‘largely compliant,’ the new OECD report again confirms that we meet or exceed globally-accepted standards for transparency and cross border cooperation on exchange of tax information. Achieving the same rating as top rated G20 member countries Canada, Germany and Australia further establishes Cayman’s place among the G20 Plus – jurisdictions including G20 countries and top international financial centres that adhere to the highest global transparency standards,” said Jude Scott, CEO of Cayman Finance.

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Welcome to the Cayman Islands

Welcome to the Cayman Islands

Learn about what makes a Cayman Islands’ vacation different; their people, the water, the traditions that make these three little islands (Grand Cayman, Little Cayman, and Cayman Brac) unique.

Make some of their recipes, plan your visit around some of their annual events such as Pirates Week, Batabano or Cayman Cookout. All of these things and more can be found in SOUL magazine.

Link to the edition May – August 2017

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OCTA Innovation Issue 12 / 2017 –  Innovation

OCTA Innovation Issue 12 / 2017 – Innovation

The pilot projects are part of the OCTA support for the implementation of the most promising and innovative ideas, innovative modalities of organization, and implementation of the advanced innovative technologies in the OCTs. The OCTA Innovation pilot projects are immensely important as one of the first actions in the implementation of the OCT innovation strategies. Keeping the innovation momentum, and securing these early steps have been funded by the European Commission.

Five pilot projects are already well progressing in their activities and monthly reports present great collaborative work in propelling innovation in territories. Four more pilot projects have been contracted and kick-offs are ongoing.

Smaller innovation projects (SIP) are currently under development to be contracted in the coming period. We are very proud with the high intensity actions as this period is simultaneously full filled with different innovation initiatives, innovation studies, innovation workshops, events, trainings and missions. Visit our web site for more news, follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.

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Business Incubation, Green Enterprises – Workshop in the Cayman Islands

Business Incubation, Green Enterprises – Workshop in the Cayman Islands

The Overseas Countries and Territories Association (OCTA) is hosting a Business Incubation and Innovation workshop in the Government Administration Building, on Friday, 30th June 2017, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in conference room 2112.

Business incubators are companies that help new and startup companies to develop by providing services such as management training or office space. As such, they are catalyst tools for regional or national economic development.

The free workshop is suitable for representatives of government agencies, independent science and technology centres, small start-ups, higher learning institutions and non-governmental/non-profit agencies. It will consist of presentations and interactive workshop activities for those with some knowledge of business, technical and academic education and innovation and export promotion.

Places will be offered on a first-come-first-serve basis and registration will take place on the day.

The workshop will focus on explaining the systems for developing new and strong business opportunities in territories like the Cayman Islands. It will also suggest how to develop business capacity using incubators and incubator-type models.

The areas that the training and presentations will cover will include:

▪ planning and creating an innovation centred incubator,

▪ selecting the right incubator partners,

▪ How to determine a financing strategy for your incubator,

▪ selecting the right enterprises for the incubator, and

▪ avoiding incubation pitfalls, and

▪ the triple bottom line and the importance of ecoinnovation.

For further information on the workshop, email International Affairs Analyst in the Cabinet Office and Innovation Manager for the Cayman Islands, Jamaal Anderson at

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Business Incubation and Innovation: a Nexus for Small Island Countries

Business Incubation and Innovation: a Nexus for Small Island Countries

This week, on 30th of June, Mr. Alan Cooper, OCTA Innovation short-term expert, is giving a workshop on Business Incubation and green enterprise innovation in the Cayman Islands.

Purpose of Workshop

The purpose of this workshop is to help government and private sector agencies involved in develop a country-specific roadmap for creating business incubators which are relevant to their territory and needs. Simultaneously, such incubators will aim specifically to inculcate green innovative (or “eco-innovative”) thinking into their clients from the get-go. This workshop has been condensed from a two-day format to a one-day activity divided into two parts: one dealing with business incubation and the other dealing with the greening of enterprises.


The Cayman Islands like many other island countries have very high import ratios and have a small range of sectors which interface directly with the wider community as booming economic sectors, namely tourism and financial services. The need for diversification is constant and pressing. There is an urgent need for entrepreneurship among these islands as in other OCTs. Islands are particularly vulnerable to climate change and global warming and this is the case with these islands. In the case of these islands, besides the fact that most businesses are “traditional” with regard to their use of electricity, water and other resources, a substantial part of less skilled activities relate to fishing (fish, lobsters, shrimp and the like). These can have serious negative impacts upon the natural environment over time. Therefore, there is need for environmentally sustainable business and businesses which are carbon neutral.

Green enterprises are those based upon 3 pillars: (1) decent work and respect for people, (2) respect for the planet and (3) aiming to make a profit. They are businesses with strive to be carbon neutral through resource efficiency. Green business activities and environmental sustainable methods of managing business are still considered innovative; they are as yet not the mainstream.

This training aims at addressing the two challenges: the need for fostering business development and the need for inculcating green practices in those businesses.


By the end of the workshop participants should:

  • A clear idea of how to conceptualise and create a business incubator.
  • Be able to identify potential partner organisations for creating successful business incubators (accelerators or hatcheries).
  • Know how to use contemporary tools for introducing innovation in enterprises.
  • Identify key partner organisations for fostering greening of the businesses in incubators.
  • Be able to do a simple conceptual greening of enterprises and value chains.

The course is free to attend and will be held at the Government Administration Building, Room 2112 from 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM.

Please register on the following link.

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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.

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Inspirational solar telescope built in the Caymans

Inspirational solar telescope built in the Caymans


A solar telescope designed and built in the Cayman Islands, the second largest in the Caribbean, is producing top quality images and inspiring tomorrow’s innovators.

Dr. William Hrudey, a retired surgeon from Canada moved to the Cayman Islands in 1997 after a successful medical career where he built his “dream” telescope. Although hurricane Ivan destroyed most of the first version in 2004, it was rebuilt and offered in donation to President Roy Bodden of the University College of the Cayman Islands (UCCI) who opened the William Hrudey Observatory on Campus to house the telescope.

Hundreds of students have toured the observatory. Dr. Hrudey has played a role in the organisation of two very successful annual conferences on Science Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) in the Cayman Islands for students of all ages, teachers and the general public. These discuss a plethora of engaging topics such as forensic science to cyber security, helicopter flight to ballistics and paleontology to nuclear power.

“The main focus of this event is to inspire young minds. We want to get them interested and involved in STEM, which is going to change the way we live and work in the future,” says Roy Bodden, UCCI President.

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