This is a difficult way to attract prospective investors in times of increasing … The British Virgin Islands (BVI) is one of the largest and most popular …
The new network will be managed for GBAN and EBAN in Curaçao. … to act as ‘Business Angels’ and in doing so invest their own funds in start-ups.
Tousensemble.nc et la Fipac sont 2 plateformes de crowdfunding désormais disponibles en Nouvelle-Calédonie. Preuve est faite de l’intérêt porté à ces nouveaux modes de financements, dits participatifs, puisque la CCI a fait salle comble à l’ occasion de la présentation de la Fipac, ce 13 avril 2016 ! Cet évènement a également permis le lancement de l’association calédonienne Pacific Angels, qui devient le 77ème réseau français de Business Angels. Ces nouveaux outils sont un atout pour les porteurs de projets en recherche de financement.
Découvrez l’article que l’Observatoire numérique de Nouvelle-Calédonie leur consacre et le lancement de ces initiatives sur le site de la Chambre de commerce et d’industrie de Nouvelle Calédonie.
Tousensemble est née il y a moins d’un an. Cette plateforme sécurisée dédiée aux dons propres est plus orientée dans le financement des associations. Actuellement en cours de lancement, la plateforme a été créée par un étudiant calédonien dans une volonté de partage : «Tousensemble.nc se veut avant tout social pour ainsi casser les barrières tant physiques que morales» confie Jonathan Morandeau, à l’initiative du projet. Tousensemble dispose également de sa page Facebook.
Cette société appuie également l’association calédonienne Pacific Angels, qui devient le 77ème réseau français de Business Angels.
Next month sees the commencement of the Government’s Micro Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME) programme which will be managed by Invest Turks and Caicos with support from the Centre for Entrepreneurial Development (CED) and Ministry of Finance.
The creation of the programme is an acknowledgement of the importance the Government places on small businesses. The Hon. Washington Missick, Minister of Finance, Investment and Trade, stated ‘The SME sector is the lifeblood of any economy. In Turks and Caicos it accounts for 90% of all established businesses; contributes to around half of our GDP; and employs around 40% of the Islands’ workforce. It is extremely important that we recognise and support these operations and create the business climate which facilitates growth, and encourages budding entrepreneurs to set up their own businesses.’
John Rutherford, Chief Executive of Invest Turks and Caicos, added ‘The successful running of this programme is a key objective for the Agency and we look forward to supporting the growth of the small business sector. We and our partners will be conducting a programme of town hall meetings throughout the islands, as well as promoting the programme through print, voice and social media. Government is keen that priority be given to those companies and individuals that have new, innovative ideas, matched by a strong business plan, and I would encourage all islander-owned businesses to attend a meeting to learn more about what type of business qualifies for these benefits, and how the process will work.’
The MSME Ordinance makes provision for the Government to provide Concession Orders to qualifying businesses which operate in identified priority business sectors. The Concession Orders will permit the company or start-up to specific benefits or reliefs depending on the size of the business.
Application forms for Concession Orders will be available from Invest Turks and Caicos offices at Courtyard Plaza, Providenciales, as well as at designated locations throughout the islands from 1 April. Processing of Concession Orders will commence in early May.
Qualifying business sectors are:
- Agriculture subsectors of a) market gardening, b) hydroponics, c) farm mechanisation, d) livestock and dairy development, e) agro-business and f) apiculture (beekeeping);
- Fisheries sub-sectors of a) fish farming, b) fish processing; c) farm mechanisation
- Manufacturing, processing and commercial cleaning services;
- Tourism sub-sectors of: a) bed and breakfast, b) vacation rentals, and c) tourism attractions.
- Physical infrastructure considered essential to the areas listed under the Agriculture and Fisheries priority areas;
- Technology and Innovation;
- Arts and Music.
Guide on EU Funding for the Tourism Sector has been launched today (5 April 2016) at the high-level conference ‘Invest it Tourism’. The conference was organised by the European Commission with a special focus on two priority subjects for EU tourism:
- improving the business environment to attract more investment and to better use EU funds to boost the competitiveness of the sector
- raising awareness of the investment needs to boost skills and mobility of the tourism workforce
Speakers included Elżbieta Bieńkowska, Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, Marianne Thyssen, Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility, and Corina Crețu, Commissioner for Regional Policy.
Guide on EU Funding for the Tourism Sector focuses on the most important EU programmes for the tourism sector, around practical questions: type of tourism-related actions eligible for funding; who can apply; type and level of funding; and how to apply & when. It also points at concrete examples of what has been funded under previous programmes, as a possible source of inspiration.
Full guide available here
Les projets pilotes nous tiennent en haleine depuis le lancement de l’appel d’offres !
L’innovation est le moteur de la croissance économique durable et se retrouve dans presque tous les domaines économiques et sociaux. Cela a été particulièrement bien illustré dans la vaste portée des propositions de projets pilotes reçues.
Dans le bureau d’OCTA Innovation, nous examinons à présent l’ensemble des pièces justificatives pour vérifier l’éligibilité des candidats aux projets pilotes.
La dernière étape avant de procéder à la sélection des projets : nous allons prochainement établir la liste préliminaire des candidats retenus pour les projets pilotes.
Ladies and gentlemen,
After enjoying the wonderful hospitality of the British Virgin Islands last year, it is indeed an honour to welcome you today here in Brussels for the annual Forum of the Overseas Countries and Territories and the European Union.
What a year this has been.
2015 – designated as European Year for Development – saw the adoption of a new global Agenda for Sustainable Development and of a landmark agreement to combat climate change. It was also a year during which the OCT-EU partnership grew even stronger, with our commitment to shared, operational objectives demonstrated more clearly than ever in the conclusions of this Forum and in initiatives such as the Joint Declaration we will be signing later today.
It has been a pleasure working with the outgoing Chair of the Overseas Countries and Territories Association, Premier Dr Ben Whiteman. I thank you for your dedicated work and excellent cooperation.
I would also like to congratulate the incoming Chair, Premier “Mike” Godfried Eman, on his nomination, and I look forward to establishing equally strong relations over the coming year.
I also welcome the Vice-President of the Development Committee of the European Parliament, Mr. Maurice Ponga, who tirelessly champions OCT interests for many years now, and I know that the topics that will be discussed today are very dear to him. I also extend my welcome to the Secretary-General of the ACP Secretariat, Dr Patrick Gomes.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
2015 was a crucial year of international development. But it was by no means an easy one. It will be remembered also for unprecedented challenges in conflict, disease, and migration, calling for greater mobilisation of the international community on all fronts.
We will all be marked by the large-scale flow of refugees into Europe. I am proud that the European Commission played an integral role in mobilising the political and financing means to deal with the first stages of these movements. But we cannot be complacent. This complex phenomenon will require the continued engagement of the EU and its partners over the coming years.
I am hopeful that we will succeed in addressing this, and other pressing challenges of our time. The landmark agreements of last year show that the international community can indeed unite decisively when this is needed.
The 2030 Agenda for sustainable development and its comprehensive list of Sustainable Development Goals is an achievement of unprecedented scale. Building on the agreement reached on the Addis Ababa Action Agenda in July, it projects a broader and more inclusive approach to development.
The conclusion of the climate change negotiations in Paris, and the adoption of an ambitious and binding agreement to limit global warming has also been a historic success. It is the first purely multilateral agreement on climate change, covering 195 countries and 98.5% of global greenhouse gas emissions.
The EU has played a crucial role in shaping these two initiatives, which together set the course for international cooperation and development up to 2030.
The true test now is implementation.
We – the EU, its Member States and you, the overseas countries and territories – all have to put in place the policies and tools necessary to achieve the objectives to which we have collectively committed.
Implementation is a top priority for the Commission and for me personally for the months ahead. It should be guided by the spirit of the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, which emphasises that the means of implementation include not only financing, but also the enabling policy frameworks, which are often neglected. For the EU, this means making additional efforts to ensure consistency between the internal and external dimensions of our policies. Policy coherence will be an essential element for the success of the 2030 Agenda.
Therefore, I was delighted with the themes proposed for the two roundtables today:
The new global agreement on climate change, focusing on the OCTs’ response efforts, and
Growth and investment opportunities in OCTs.
Both topics are particularly relevant to our continued partnership, and I hope today’s discussions will be frank and fruitful, leading to concrete conclusions for follow-up.
Many of you were present at COP21 – culminating in the global target to limit temperature increases to less than 2°C compared to pre-industrial levels, and aiming at limiting the increase to 1.5°C. Meeting this target is of vital important for the planet as a whole; but for many of the OCTs in particular, it is truly a question of survival.
As I said before, the EU is fully committed to maintain the international momentum in order to ensure the full and timely implementation of the Paris Agreement. We stand ready to support you in your efforts to ensure that the particular needs of OCTs are adequately addressed. And I hope that today’s reflection will help translate our shared vision into practice.
It is particularly opportune that these discussions take place today, in order to feed into our thematic and regional programmes. These programmes have seen substantial increases in financing under the 11th European Development Fund. This is precisely because we recognize the common elements in the climate-related challenges that OCTs face, and the need to search for common solutions.
I know there has been considerable discussion on the precise use of these resources in the build-up to yesterday’s ministerial meeting, and I am confident that these financial allocations will prove a sound investment.
The signature of the Joint Declaration on Sustainable Energy will also send a strong positive signal in this direction.
The theme of the second roundtable of today is just as pertinent, addressing growth and investment in the OCTs. Boosting growth, jobs and investment sits at the heart of this Commission’s vision for sustainable development in Europe and beyond. As part of our Investment Plan, the European Fund for Strategic Investments aims to generate investments of up to EUR 315 billion. It has already triggered an estimated €50 billion of investment by the end of 2015 – and it is open to OCTs.
This is also one of the areas on which I’m determined to put more focus when designing the next steps of EU development cooperation. To achieve such a far-reaching set of Sustainable Development Goals, it is evident that we need to look beyond traditional development assistance. We need to use aid more catalytically and – crucially – unlock the huge potential of private sector engagement.
It seems to me therefore that two interesting areas of focus for this afternoon’s discussion can be highlighted. Firstly, the role of private investment in growth, and how public investments cab best support this.
Our experience and studies have shown that public investment can drive growth and stimulate private investment, only when accompanied by a sound regulatory framework, allowing the private sector to operate effectively. This I believe is an essential dimension to address in your discussions and in your programmes.
Secondly, I believe it is worth exploring more systematically the favourable trade provisions already provided by the Overseas Association Decision. It is important to ensure that your territories benefit fully from this regime, which can be pivotal to their development.
I very much look forward to the outcome of the round-table discussions, which I hope will help improve the effectiveness of our territorial and the regional financial allocations.
Looking ahead, I believe 2016 will be another key year for EU development cooperation and for EU-OCT relations in particular.
As you are aware, we have launched a consultation on the future of the Cotonou Partnership Agreement, which considers the Union’s future relations with the African Caribbean and Pacific group of countries.
I aim at presenting proposals late this year to the Council in order to launch negotiations in 2017 on the framework that will succeed Cotonou.
Since this consultation does not address the source of funding, it is of course only indirectly relevant to the OCTs. But it is worth noting as it is only the first in a series of interlinked consultations to take place during 2016, in a coordinated manner.
We will embark on mid-term evaluations of all our External Finance Instruments under the EU Budget – including the specific Greenland Decision.
To this extensive exercise we will associate the Performance Assessment of the 11th EDF. This is particularly relevant, in light of a possible integration of the EDF resources into the wider EU budget at some stage. In assessing the 11th EDF, we will also be looking into relevant evidence from the 10th EDF – and I am certain that we can demonstrate good results from the funding dedicated to OCTs.
These evaluations will produce initial conclusions in late 2016 – and a public consultation is planned for early 2017. I invite you to make structured contributions to this consultation.
Your views, your experience, your ideas will be essential for designing our proposals on future financing instruments. I would estimate the Commission being able to table these proposals by mid-2018.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
The OCT-EU Forum is the highlight of our partnership, setting the scene for the work over the coming year.
Last year’s conclusions pointed to several areas for continued engagement, understandably emphasising the programming of the 11th EDF. I am encouraged by the steady progress that has been made in this direction.
As you will have seen, the Commission recently submitted to the Council its first annual report outlining the progress achieved. Looking at this report, the basis for programming has now been established. Our agreed ambition remains possible – signing all Financing Agreements before the end of this year. But the report equally notes that maintaining impetus throughout 2016 will be crucial for this. To date we have received several EU Response Strategies – my services have assured me that work is progressing on the remainder.
I count on you to keep up the good progress and draw the attention of your administrations to the importance of completing this exercise swiftly.
In turn, you can count on my continued personal engagement and support – as well as that of the Commission services.
The OCT-EU relations are based on mutual respect and a sense of true partnership. I am truly pleased to see this relationship continually reinforcing itself, and I am confident that today’s exchanges will contribute to further strengthening our partnership.
Chloé Calvignac, Membre du Comité Exécutif d’OCT Association nous a fait part d’un évènement exemplaire d’appui national à l’innovation : l’édition 2016 d’i-LAB.
i-LAB est un concours national de la France d’aide à la création d’entreprises de technologies innovantes.
Organisé par La Banque publique d’investissement (BPI) de la France, ce concours vise à dénicher des projets de création d’entreprises de technologies innovantes et à soutenir les meilleurs candidats avec une aide financière et un accompagnement sur mesure.
La candidature doit être présentée avant le 1 mars 2016 :
The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has said it will support a proposal by Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar to establish a multi-donor energy facility for Caribbean sustainability.
The prime minister made the announcement on Monday night at a political meeting of her United National Congress (UNC) party.
She said the bank has agreed to provide US$100 million to co-finance projects in the energy sector over the next six years.
“This will enable promotion of energy diversification, energy efficiency and a reliable supply of alternative fuels at a reduced cost in the Caribbean. It is very exciting because it will bring stability, security and sustainability to our region,” Persad-Bissessar said.
She added that it would help Trinidad and Tobago and the Caribbean.
“Recently CARICOM declared its unequivocal support for the initiative. So you see with my government, Trinidad and Tobago is leading and energising the region,” she said.
[PHILIPSBURG] St. Maarten is the Regional Authorising Officer (RAO) for the 11th EDF Regional Program. The announcement was made at the Annual Overseas Countries and Territories Association (OCTA) Ministerial Conference and the 13th Annual OCTA/EU Forum from February 25 to 27 in Tortola. Prime Minister Marcel Gumbs signed the ratification document formalising this status.
This is the result of a nomination proposed by Montserrat in 2014 and ratified by the remaining 11 Caribbean OCTs in a vote by consensus. In this function St. Maarten will be responsible for the coordination, cooperation, programming, implementation and closing of the projects selected within the area of Sustainable Energy and Marine Biodiversity that will benefit all Caribbean OCTs as well as the wider Caribbean region.
A delegation from St. Maarten attended a series of events at the conference, namely, the Regional Conference for Caribbean Overseas Countries and Territories, Trilateral Consultations, OCTA Ministerial Conference and the OCT-EU Forum. These meetings are a yearly requirement for the Overseas Countries and Territories.
The St. Maarten Delegation comprised of five (5) persons namely Prime Minister Gumbs who is also the and Territorial Authorising Officer (TAO) of Sint Maarten, he was accompanied by Mr. Marc Arnold, Deputy Territorial Authorizing Officer and Department Head Interior and Kingdom Relations, Ms. Khalilah Peters, Department Head of Foreign Relations, Ms. Olivia Lake, Policy Advisor Donor Coordination and EU Relations and Ms. Carol Voges, St. Maarten Representative in the Netherlands for EU Relations/OCTA Treasurer.
The Regional Conference
The European Commission, in cooperation with the Chairman of the Association of Overseas Countries and Territories (ОСТА) and Premier of British Virgin Islands hosted the Regional Conference for Caribbean Overseas Countries and Territories, on February 23 and 24, 2015.
The outcome of the meeting delivered the topics for the 11th EDF OCT Regional Program which were Sustainable Energy and Marine Biodiversity. The regional program will mobilize a grant envelope of € 40 million over the coming six years.
Each OCT, also attended their required Trilateral Consultation with the European Commission, the member state, in this case the Netherlands and the OCT i.e. Sint Maarten. These dialogues are required at the minimum of four (4) times per year. The consultations concerned mainly the the aspects that relate to the European financial partnerships such as the recently completed 9th EDF, ongoing 10th EDF and future 11th EDF Programmes but also the French Dutch Cooperation program, OP-ETC and the upcoming RAO function that Sint Maarten will represent during the 11th EDF Regional Programme.
Caribbean Overseas Countries and Territories Council Meeting
The core objective of this Caribbean Overseas Countries and Territories Council is to promote wider regional cooperation within the OCTs. It is presently a political platform to discuss on areas of regional cooperation.
During the meeting, a presentation was given by the Regional Council of Martinique to present the upcoming Caribbean Consultative meeting in preparation for the COP21 meeting to be held in Paris in December 2015. The regional council of Martinique also made use of this opportunity to propose the organization of a forum to allow OCTs and ORs concerns to be better channelled to international organizations.
Further to this, the new Chair, Secretary and Vice Chair were elected. The British Virgin Islands will be the Chair of the COCTC Council as well as Secretary and the Vice Chair is Saba for the period 2015 and thus incoming Chair for 2016.
During this meeting, formal ratification of St. Maarten as the RAO was done through the signing of the ratification document by the heads of the countries represented in the council. This document was later presented to the European Commission.
The Ministerial Conference held on February 26th, 2015 is OCTA’s highest body, composed of representatives of each member government in the persons of the heads of government or designated members of the governments of OCTs accompanied by their delegations. The objective of the conference is to define policies, approve budgets and elects the chair of the ministerial conference as well as members and the president of the executive committee. The ministerial conference has all powers necessary to fulfil the association’s objectives.
During the Ministerial Conference in BVI, the most noteworthy aspects of the conference included the election of the new OCTA Chair, Prime Minister of Curacao, the Honourable Ivar Asjes, and the OCTA Vice Chair, Prime Minister of Aruba, the Honourable Mike Eman.
The Ministerial Conference also initiated the process of formulating an OCTA strategy for the 2016-2020 period to be adopted at the next OCTA Ministerial Conference. The Executive Committee will consolidate the main conclusions of these discussions and finalize the OCTA strategy by the end of May 2015.
The core objective of the OCT-EU Forum is to bring together the OCT Authorities with the Member State, members from the EU Commission, members from the European Parliament, the European Investment Bank (EIB), and when appropriate as in this case, member of the Outermost Regions for dialogue. It is an annual requirement as described in the legal basis for OCT-EU partnership, the Overseas Association Decision.
A part of the forum included two round table events with the topics Regional Cooperation: unlocking the potential of OCTs and Sustainable Use of Natural Resources: Thematic Cooperation in the Context of the 11th EDF for OCTs.
The outcome of the meeting delivered the final topics for the 11th EDF OCT Thematic Program, proposed during the OCTA Ministerial Conference which were Sustainable Energy and Climate Change with Focus on Disaster Risk Reduction. The RAO for the Thematic Programme was also elected and will be executed by OCTA due to the global nature of the programme i.e. all of the world’s OCTs will be engaged in this programme.
During the forum, the draft Political Declaration and Administrative Resolution proposed during the OCTA Ministerial were approved and signed by each Delegation present. Finally, the draft conclusions of the plenary sessions held during the Ministerial were also finalized and distributed.
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