OCTA Innovation Thematic workshop “Innovation for Tourism Growth” was held in Anguilla 11-12 of October. In was held in the Caribbean month of Tourism. However, it’s reach was global, having participants and speakers from all sides of world including French Polynesia and Wallis et Futuna, Pacific ocean Overseas Countries and Territories.
We thank to Bren Romney and to his team for great cooperation for having well organised, successful OCTA Innovation Thematic Workshop in Anguilla on 11-12 of October 2018.
Anguilla two days thematic workshop was held in line with OCTA Innovation’s mission which is to strengthen sustainable development through innovation for economic development and diversification, to improve regional and global competitiveness of the European Union’s Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs).
In most OCTs, tourism is a major opportunity for development and growth. But not any type nor visitor volume respond to the goals of the OCTs and their populations. Innovative and creative tourism activities, facilities and services as an effective way to compete in the larger international tourism marketplace have been discussed. Workshop initiated and highlighted relevance of tailored innovative solutions, creative attractions and visitor services to be more successful in securing constant growth and overcoming geopolitical issues and natural disasters.
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.
Honourable Teva Rohfritsch, Vice President of French Polynesia, took over chairmanship of EU Overseas Countries and Territories Association in the name of Edouard Fritch, President of French Polynesia. Congratulation and best of luck to French Polynesia for this highly responsible position and engaging duty.
It will be special engagement and responsibility of Caroline Tang, EU Representative but it will be the continuation of her successful work up to now, and we wish the best of luck in the coming very important period for Overseas Countries and Territories in the post 2020 period.
Premier Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson has demonstrated extraordinary devotion to promotion of Turks and Caicos Islands and Overseas Countries and Territories. Congratulation and thanks for great activities and extraordinary cooperation. We had very appreciated privilege and honour in hosting press club Turks and Caicos Islands BRUZZ in Brussels on 13th of July 2017. Congratulation to Tracy Knight EU Representative of Turks and Caicos Islands for her great work as member of ExCo and EU Representative of the Chairmanship of EU Overseas Countries and Territories Association.
Carol Voges, Representative of Sint Maarten, EU Overseas Territory, a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, has been re-elected as president of the Executive Committee of EU Overseas Countries and Territories Association. The most sincere congratulation to Sint Maarten and to Carol for this re-election which presents the best recognition of the high devotion and high success in moving of EU Overseas Countries and Territories Association ahead in this very important period for its post 2020 future.
Governor Edison Rijna, Governor of Bonaire, EU Overseas Territory, special municipality (officially “public body”) within the country of the Netherlands, presented OCTA Innovation pilot project at the 16th Ministerial meeting of EU Overseas Countries and Territories Association. Pilot project Bonaire Algae Parc’s aim is to increase the level of food production and economic diversification in Bonaire through establishing a sustainable production chain in the field of micro-algae.
Janice Panton, MBE, EU Representative of Montserrat called upon the heads of the governments of the EU Overseas Countries and Territories to embrace Systemic Innovation for the sustainable development of their regions. Innovation is the only way to progress for all economies and entities of the European Union and its regions as well as of the Overseas Countries and Territories of the European Union.
Innovation needs to be impregnated in tissue of the economies across all sectors, to lead to the prosperity of the society of the Overseas Countries and Territories. To address systemic issues of the Overseas Countries and Territories, specific innovation approach and particular set of actions need to be taken to have innovation as a real driver of the economy and wider of the society. This specific approach has been recognised and developed to be implemented as Systemic Innovation for Overseas Countries and Territories of the European Union.
Dans les domaines scientifiques, technologiques et de la recherche, la Nouvelle-Calédonie est sans conteste un des leaders parmi tous les Pays et Territoires d‘Outre-Mer (PTOM). En même temps, il est primordial de reconnaitre que la Nouvelle-Calédonie est un des premiers PTOM qui a compris la pertinence de l’innovation pour l’économie, grâce au gouvernement dirigé par Président Philippe Germain. Ces deux aspects, combinés avec les richesses du pays et avec les richesses provenant de la créativité du peuple, donnent à la Nouvelle-Calédonie une place spéciale.
La Nouvelle-Calédonie est un territoire exemplaire parmi les autres PTOM en faisant de l’innovation un levier du développement économique et social, à travers des politiques publiques spécifiques. Un grand nombre d’exemples démontrent le lancement d’une dynamique d’innovation en Nouvelle-Calédonie :
- La coopération régionale dans le Pacifique avec un excellent exemple de coopération avec le Vanuatu spécialement dans le domaine de la formation
- Mise en oeuvre de l’innovation ouverte comme l’action InnoLab: réunion des acteurs de l’innovation, locaux et internationaux dans le but de favoriser le partage de connaissances et de concepts
- Projet pilote très particulier «Recettes Bénéfiques : vers une autosuffisance alimentaire en milieu durable et insulaire»
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