Distillerie de Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon récompensée par un BIC Award

Distillerie de Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon récompensée par un BIC Award

Distillerie de whisky : annonce de l’implantation à Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon !

L’annonce était espérée, elle a été confirmée lors de la conférence innovation du 26 juin. Organisée par Archipel Développement, avec le soutien de la Collectivité territoriale et de l’Union européenne, la journée a permis de rassembler plus de 40 participants, acteurs publics et privés, autour d’une thématique d’avenir pour notre territoire : « Brasserie et secteur des spiritueux, quelles opportunités dans l’archipel ? ». MM. Heins et Vergier, experts mondiaux en spiritueux, ont présenté le projet de distillerie de whisky à Saint-Pierre en le situant dans contexte du marché mondial qui bénéficie d’une dynamique très favorable.

Elle résonne comme une chance de relance de la diversification économique. Elle constitue un défi collectif pour favoriser un projet qui, à terme, bénéficiera largement au territoire, avec des emplois durables dans le secteur privé. Que ce soit pour la filière touristique, le rayonnement régional international du territoire, et à terme pour les finances publiques, le potentiel du projet ne doit pas être sous-estimé pour mieux valoriser les nouvelles possibilités créées.

La Collectivité a notamment annoncé la création d’un fonds innovation qui permettra de soutenir ce type de projet, créateur de richesses pour le territoire. M. Briand leur a transmis un prix innovation pour la « Distillerie de Saint-Pierre et Miquelon : pour la relance de la fabrication et des exportations de produits de luxe grâce à la valorisation du patrimoine historique de l’Archipel », décerné dans le cadre d’un projet européen qui récompense les initiatives innovantes dans l’Outre-mer.

Les participants à la conférence innovation ont pu ensuite échanger en sous-groupes autour de 4 tables-rondes : Tourisme et Prohibition, Agriculture et malt, Formations et œnotourisme, Agroalimentaire et Restauration. Ces travaux ont été restitués dans la session plénière de clôture, avec des conclusions consensuelles qui permettent de poser des bases solides pour le développement de la filière agroalimentaire (y compris en lien avec la micro-brasserie de Miquelon). Elle constitue enfin une opportunité majeure à valoriser pour la filière touristique, notamment en lien avec le centenaire de la Prohibition. La journée s’est clôturée par l’intervention de M. Bernard Briand, 1er Vice-Président du Conseil territorial et de M. Afif Lazrak, Secrétaire général de la Préfecture, qui ont tous deux salué et encouragé les porteurs de projet de la distillerie.

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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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Conférence Innovation du projet FIER SPM

Conférence Innovation du projet FIER SPM

Conférence Innovation le 26 juin 2017 – Brasserie et secteur des spiritueux, quelles opportunités dans l’Archipel ?

En partenariat avec la Collectivité et l’Union européenne, Archipel Développement a organisé le 26 juin une première conférence, dans le cadre du projet FIER SPM.

Pour cette édition, l’accent a été mis sur le secteur des brasseries et spiritueux, avec notamment une première présentation publique du projet de distillerie haut de gamme à Saint-Pierre.

Les discussions de la journée ont permis d’alimenter les réflexions sur la création et la structuration d’une nouvelle filière en lien avec les projets de distillerie et de brasserie dans l’archipel, qui peut bénéficier notamment au tourisme, à la filière agriculture/élevage, ainsi qu’à l’agroalimentaire et à la restauration. Un programme de tables-rondes a été concocté pour réfléchir aux nombreux atouts de ce secteur pour contribuer à la diversification économique:

  • Le matin : «Tourisme et Prohibition» ou «Agriculture et Malt» ;
  • L’après-midi : «Formations et oenotourisme» ou «Agroalimentaire et restauration».

Pour consulter le programme, cliquer ici.

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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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Learning from EC ACP programmes on Science, Research and Innovation

Learning from EC ACP programmes on Science, Research and Innovation

OCTA Innovation was delighted that the Robert Burmanjer Head of Unit in the Knowledge, Performance and Results Task Force of the European Commission’s Directorate General for International Cooperation & Development attended the 2IC. He shared invaluable knowledge of the EC’s research and innovation policies and programmes in African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) nations who are members of the ACP-EU Cotonou Agreement (2000-2020).

Mr Burmanjer emphasised that Research and Innovation are recognised by the European Union in meeting the challenge of nearly all of the United Nation’s sustainable development goals, as they lay the foundations for new approaches, solutions and technologies to identify, clarify and tackle local and global problems.

The proposed European Consensus on Development blueprint for aligning the European Union’s development policy with the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development) reflects this importance.

Article 86 states that: “the EU and its MS will continue investing in research and development in and for developing countries, including enhancing national innovation systems; to strengthen measurable impacts on progress towards the SDGs through responsible research and innovation approach including education for science.”

Mr Burmanjer described some of the main programmes financed by the European Development Fund over the last 10 years to support Research, Science, Technology and Innovation in ACP countries. They include a project to enhance capacity building in Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu, demonstrating the added value of a mutually reinforcing capacity building and network development. Under this programme, trainees from Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands also received training at Papua New Guinea’s National Agricultural Research Institute (NARI). A Material Transfer Agreement, ensured that this transfer of knowledge continues in the long-term.

The ‘Improving Innovation Capacities in the Caribbean’ (INVOCAB) programme is building and strengthening educational science capacities in Science, Technology and Innovation (STI), specifically Science Education, as an enabler for poverty reduction, growth and socio-economic development of Caribbean countries. It is improving teaching quality in science subjects at both primary and secondary levels, and stimulating interest and performance of students in selected science subjects.

We very appreciate chance of learning of and working with Mr. Robert Burmanjer, EC DEVCO Head of unit so versatile in different aspects of innovation, capacity building and knowledge sharing. You may watch video .

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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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2IC – Janice Panton to lead OCTA Innovation’s team

2IC – Janice Panton to lead OCTA Innovation’s team

Janice Panton MBE, Monserrat’s Representative in the United Kingdom and Chair of OCTA Innovation, will lead OCTA Innovation’s team at its International Conference in the Azores, 11-12th April.

The EU-funded OCTA Innovation project is supporting the implementation of the most promising and innovative ideas in business, ways of organisation, and the implementation of innovative technologies in the Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs) and across all sectors: agriculture, construction, the creative industry, energy, financial services, fisheries, food processing, IT, administration, tourism, trade and transport.

Ms.Panton’s dedication and energy have greatly contributed to advancing the project and rooting innovation in the OCTs.

OCTA Innovation’s activities have already created an innovation momentum in OCTs which should be stepped up to carry forward the project’s achievements.

The project’s vision is for innovation eco-systems in be in place in all individual OCTs. The establishment of an eco-system requires innovation to be embraced by government and wider society and across all sectors.

Government needs to play a key role in driving innovation through creating an enabling environment for innovation and implementing the required measures and taking initiatives for innovation implementation.

 

 

 

 

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2IC – São Miguel Science and Technology Park hosts OCTA Innovation conference

2IC – São Miguel Science and Technology Park hosts OCTA Innovation conference

The central part of OCTA Innovation’s international conference in the Azores, 11-12th April 2017 will take place in the Nonagon Science and Technology Park of São Miguel located on São Miguel Island.

It is a fitting location for the event which will gather representatives of the European Union’s Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs), the government of the Azores, the European Commission and other innovation experts to share ideas and best practice on innovation for sustainable development with a view to more initiatives.

The park is helping realize the Azores’ ambition to promote a knowledge society – bringing more high-tech companies to the Azores as well as more investment and qualified employment.

It is: fostering cooperation between the scientific and business community; establishing national and international partnerships to achieve common goals and develop scientific and technological hubs and supporting the creation or development of companies, including technology introduction or enhancement.

The Azores’ unique Atlantic location has enabled São Miguel Science and Technology Park to specialize in earth and sea observation and space related activities.

The Azores is seeking to build business ecosystems and develop international networking as enablers for great projects.

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2IC – OCTs and Azores to meet on innovation, April 11-14th

2IC – OCTs and Azores to meet on innovation, April 11-14th

Press release – Brussels, April 5 2017 – An international conference in Ponta Delgada, Azores, 11-14th April, will gather representatives of the European Union’s Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs)*, the government of the Azores, the European Commission and innovation experts to look at how innovation is spurring sustainable development in both groups of small islands and the scope for future initiatives.

The event is being organised by OCTA Innovation in cooperation with the Government of the Azores. OCTA innovation is propelling innovation in the OCTs. It is assisting the implementation of Territorial Strategies for Innovation, including technical, demand-driven support to OCT governments and the financing of a number of pilot projects. The aim is to propel growth and economic diversification in the OCTs and improve their competitiveness.

Vasco Alves Cordeiro, President of the Government ofthe Azores, will open the confernce with Janice Panton MBE, Montserrat’s representative to the United Kingdom and Chair of OCTA Innovation’s Steering Committee. Milan Jezic von Gesseneck, Team Leader of OCTA Innovation will chair the conference. Mr. Jezic von Gesseneck will highlight the relevance of innovation for sustainable growth of islands and OCTA Innovation’s work to root innovation eco-systems in OCT societies.

“Governments must take the lead in systemic innovation across all sectors; fostering partnerships between public and private entities and building capacity and knowledge. The ambition is to grow a number of thematic centres of excellence among OCTs with a focus on those sectors where individual OCTs are already leading the way and to share expertise among OCTs,” says Milan Jezic von Gesseneck. The centres will share their expertise with other OCTs.

As mostly small islands distanced from the EU mainland, the OCTs face similar challenges to the diversification of their economies as the EU’s Outermost islands which includes the Azores, a group of Portuguese islands in the Atlantic.

The conference is an opportunity for OCT Innovation Managers – government appointees who are leading the way on innovation in the OCTs – to learn about the Azores’ approaches to innovation. Yet, they have in common unique innovation potential including renewable energy and niche tourism. Panels will take a closer look at innovation initiatives in different sectors in both the OCTs and the Azores: renewable energies; the digital economies; the green and blue economies and the cultural sector.

The already initiated cooperation between the OCTs and the Azores should be taken a step further during the conference with a view to drawing up a Memorandum of Understanding between the OCT Association and the Azores. The aim is to forge closer cooperation such as through sharing best research and innovation practice and know-how.

Key speakers at the event include: Pedro De Sampaio Nunes, Entrepreneur, former Secretary of State of Science and Innovation and former Head of the EUREKA Secretariat; Robert Burmanjer, Head of Unit for “Knowledge Management”
in the European Commission’s Directorate General for International Cooperation, Giles Garel, Full Chair Professor of Innovation Management at the Conservatoire national des arts et métiers in Paris and Paulo Carreiro, Director for Business Development in the Azores.

For further information and interviews: innovation@octa-innovation.eu

* The OCTs – located in the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific Oceans and the Caribbean sea – are associated to the EU through four EU member states to which they are constitutionally linked: Denmark, France, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.

Anguilla, Aruba, Bonaire, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Curaçao, Falkland Islands, French Polynesia, Greenland, Montserrat, New Caledonia, Pitcairn, Saba, St. Bathelemy, St. Helena, St. Pierre-et-Miquelon, St. Eustatius, St. Maarten, Turks and Caicos Islands, Wallis and Futuna.

 

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