Aruba’s topics of the highest attention were Interactive Digital Media, Culinary and Agriculture Sectors. Through the technical assistance given by the expert Jacques Grysole, possible solutions have been found to enhance the creative industry as developing internships for Aruban students in Europe, having schools better equipped with digital technology and setting up a technical school in this field. Further actions should be developed to accelerate procedures or working permits, creating quality control laboratories, developing new agricultural products.
Sea & Learn on Saba is a non-profit foundation that brings together the local community, diverse nature experts and visitors to understand the value of nature, both worldwide and locally on Saba. Sea & Learn’s objective is to reinforce the importance of protecting nature and educate the potential safe-keepers in order to sustain viability of Saba’s eco-tourism product and other environments throughout the world. Since 2003, a month-long event takes place. Due to their efforts in learning and life long learning approach and capacity building, Lynn Costenaro, the Managing Director of the Sea Saba Dive Center and Sea and Learn Organization is likely to be nominated for OCTA Innovation award.
Eugene Maduro, from Curaçao is the owner and designer of Living Green Furniture Curaçao. He makes furniture from collected objects in his own neighbourhood, such as very old lumber which is wood since colonial times. Eugene considers bringing out Curaçao’s history by this wood as a way of promoting his island. The furniture of the concept Monumento Di Curaçao carry with them the historical weight and recognition of the island’s history.
Living Green Furniture already received two awards
- JCI Creative Young Entrepreneur Award in 2010
- Guardian Group Best in Business Award 2014
And is now nominated in the category Creativity of the OCTA Innovation BIC awards.
More information on Living Green Furniture Curaçao.
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Saisir l’innovation et la créativité dans les Pays et Territoires d’Outre-Mer de l’Union européenne! OCTA Innovation lance un concours de photos, ouvert aux photographes professionnels et amateurs, sur le thème de l’innovation et de la créativité dans les PTOM de l’UE.
Envoyez-nous vos photos montrant la façon dont l’innovation change l’économie ou la vie des gens dans les PTOM suivants: Anguilla, Aruba, Bermudes, Bonaire, Îles Vierges Britanniques, Cayman, Curaçao, Iles Malouines, Polynésie française, Groenland, Montserrat, Nouvelle-Calédonie, Pitcairn, Saba, Saint-Barthélemy, Sainte-Hélène, Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon, Saint-Eustache, Saint-Martin, Turks & Caicos et Wallis et Futuna.
Soyez créatifs! Les lauréats recevront un certificat et leurs photos seront affichées sur le site Internet d’OCTA Innovation et lors d’une exposition à Bruxelles qui atteindra un public international.
Vous pouvez envoyer vos photos à firstname.lastname@example.org
Ceramik’im est le nom sous lequel la céramiste Kim Mangiapan opère. Le déclic pour la céramique se fait en visionnant les photos du travail d’un autre céramiste en Corse. Après une formation de quelques mois en Corse, Kim est revenue en Nouvelle-Calédonie pour installer son atelier à Païta. Sa formation initiale en comptabilité l’aide à gérer son entreprise et la jeune femme vit à présent de son artisanat.
Dans son atelier de poterie, Kim Mangiapan conçoit et fabrique des pièces en terre cuite à destination utilitaire ou décorative. Forte d’une expérience de trois ans, Ceramik’im a déjà son style en donnant l’aspect du corail à ses poteries.
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We are very happy to confirm that various short-term technical assistances have been approved and are operational with principal tasks to continue the capacity building activities, to further support the OCT governments on the development of their innovation strategies, implementation of the respective action plans and ultimate diversification of their economies.
We are excited with the high intensity of the actions in this period combining different innovation initiatives, innovation studies, innovation workshops, events, trainings and missions. Visit our website for more news, and check our rich and attractive video library at YouTube and photo library on Pinterest.
We are very happy to be in position to confirm you that our OCTA Innovation project has been extended for two years, namely until end of April 2020. This extension is based on the need to provide additional assistance in the field of implementation of the innovation projects but also to extend technical assistance to continue the capacity building activities to further support the OCT governments on the development of their Innovation Strategies and implementation of the respective action plans that have been developed, as well as to expand activities for exchange of experience and expertise through eLearning, visibility activities and the organisation of events, workshops, conferences at international and regional level to consolidate the initiated support to implementation of innovation actions and strategies at OCT level, and to facilitate regional cooperation and networking.
The latest BRUZZ event on Turks and Caicos Islands was very successful. With Standard and Poor’s Credit rating for TCI at BBB+, and an annual economic projected growth of 4.3%, the government has embraced innovation as a way forward. This creates exciting pro-business investment opportunities. You may watch our photos of the event .
Short-term technical assistance in the field of creative industries has been approved.
Assistance is including:
- Scoping the potential of creative industries and innovation in the OCTs to create jobs, to enhance the SME development and to diversify the economy.
- Assistance in pulling out the actors and making synergy of different media and different areas of creativity and cooperation between content users and content producers.
- Scoping study on the creative industry: Regional initiatives, projects and existing best available practices; Assessment of the current situation and Optimal opportunities in the creative industry;
- Workshop-trainings to the OCTS. At least 10 persons should attend each workshop and they would get a certificate of training signed by the Expert and by OCTA Innovation Team Leader.
Future cooperation between Azores, one of the European Union’s Outermost Regions, and the Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs) will be discussed at OCTA Innovation’s International Conference in Ponta Delgada, Azores, 11th-12th April.
Participants from the Azores and OCTs will look at the scope for sharing best practice and innovation knowledge and working together in areas where cooperation would be mutually beneficial. These include the green and blue economy, tourism and culture and creativity. An eventual Azores-OCTA Memorandum of Understanding could be proposed.
Azores is an Autonomous region of Portugal comprising three groups of nine islands located in the Atlantic Ocean some 1,360 km off the coast of Portugal. These are Flores and Corvo, to the west; Graciosa, Terceira, São Jorge, Pico, and Faial in the centre; and São Miguel, Santa Maria, and the Formigas Reef to the east.
OCTs are mostly small island distanced from the European Union mainland. The challenges to innovation they share with the Azores include: remoteness, the small size of local markets, difficulties accessing other markets and high transport and energy costs.
The sharing of innovation knowledge and best practice, and possible cooperation on projects and programmes, could help surpass such challenges. The aim is to foster growth, economic diversification and sustainable development through innovation.