OCTA Innovation BRUZZ events

OCTA Innovation BRUZZ events

OCTA Innovation Brussels BRUZZ events rise the visibility of the OCTs through direct interacting with the Brussels audience but also to the world wide audience due to the high OCTA Innovation visibility and due to the high press coverage.

Last BRUZZ event was devoted to Turks and Caicos Islands. Honourable Premier Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson with her team, including Ms. Tracy Knight Turks and Caicos Islands EU representative based in London, addressed Brussels audience in Brussels Press Club last Thursday 13th of July. See photos 

You may watch videos from TEDxAruba BRUZZ  and St-Barthélemy BRUZZ.

Pitcairn’s Innovation Manager Leslie Jaques visit to Brussels concluded in the agreement to have an OCTA Innovation BRUZZ dedicated to Pitcairn in November 2017.

Anguilla’s Innovation Manager Bren Romney visit to Brussels concluded with the agreement to have an BRUZZ event devoted to Innovate Anguilla.

All OCTs are warmly welcomed to benefit having BRUZZ event to create business, investment and  knowledge and experience sharing opportunities with both EU public and private stakeholders!

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Lancement officiel de la plateforme FIER SPM

Lancement officiel de la plateforme FIER SPM

Lancement de la plateforme numérique FIER SPM et du réseau des ambassadeurs

M. Olivier Gaston, Directeur général délégué d’Archipel Développement, a rappelé que la tenue de la Conférence s’inscrivait dans le cadre du projet FIER SPM, dont la plateforme internet a été officiellement lancée lors de cette journée. Il a par ailleurs invité les personnes intéressées à rejoindre le réseau des ambassadeurs de Saint-Pierre et Miquelon.

Les actes de la Conférences seront communiqués prochainement sur le site FIER SPM. Les échanges sur les thématiques abordées lors des tables-rondes pourront s’y poursuivre au travers du blog (pour suivre ces travaux, s’inscrire sur le site, lien « inscription » tout en haut à droite de la page d’accueil).

La Conférence Innovation se veut être une manifestation annuelle. La prochaine édition se tiendra en mars 2018 : il est proposé de plancher sur le numérique au travers du thème : « les Iles intelligentes ».

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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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