Understanding of Systemic Innovation

Understanding of Systemic Innovation

OCTs governments implement innovation across all sectors; fostering partnerships between public and private entities based on knowledge sharing and capacity-building.

TCI Innovation Director Shonia Thomas-Been and TCI Innovation Manager Alexa Cooper-Grant with their innovation council are doing great job.

Turks and Caicos Islands is currently one of the leading OCTs in implementing systemic innovation.

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Technical assistance in the field of creative industries and innovation in the OCTs

Technical assistance in the field of creative industries and innovation in the OCTs

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.

Flyer attached: Technical assistance in the field of creative industries and innovation in the OCTs

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Technical assistance for enhancement of the green-building & eco-friendly sustainable construction

Technical assistance for enhancement of the green-building & eco-friendly sustainable construction

Assistance is including progress in the field of sustainable design and construction with consideration of energy and environmental impacts and harmonising and improving green-building & eco-friendly sustainable construction. The objective is to enhance construction in the OCTs by increased use of local material, be cost-effective, and having a lower environmental footprint by using renewable energies.

  • A sectoral scoping study on sustainable design and construction with consideration of energy and environmental impacts;
  • Basic guidelines for a green certification policy;
  • Basic guidelines for the construction sector;
  • Basic guidelines for sustainable construction related to eco-tourism strategy;
  • Behaviour guide for energy efficiency policies and practices in the workplace;
  • Coastal rehabilitation and restoration guidelines;
  • Workshop-training 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.

Flyer attached: Flyer Technical assistance for enhancement of the green-building & eco-friendly sustainable construction

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Technical assistance for enhancement of the agriculture greenhouse system

Technical assistance for enhancement of the agriculture greenhouse system

Short-term technical assistance in the agriculture field has been approved. Assistance is including development of the construction and operation of greenhouses for protected agriculture, enhancement of the fruit and vegetable production capacity, trainings of local growers and agriculture agents from the government for an improved technique as regards to the production of fruit and vegetable, a better production and higher quality crops, a sustainable fruit and vegetable production, a sustainable system model for growers.

• Scoping study for the greenhouse issues in all relevant aspects in the OCTs;

• Guidelines for the greenhouse production and improving coordination and increasing efficiency, including cooperative system;

• Recommendation of regulations and supportive policy framework;

• Guidelines for the construction of greenhouses;

• Manual for greenhouse construction, protected agriculture and greenhouse production specific to OCTs;

• Workshop-training 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.

Flyer attached: Flyer Technical assistance for enhancement of the agriculture greenhouse system

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Statia Blue: Innovation towards Sustainable Fisheries

Statia Blue: Innovation towards Sustainable Fisheries

The project is on the world wide level an highly innovative project for developing sustainable fisheries, particularly in Sint Eustatius and Caribbean islands. Due to the small population of Sint Eustatius and the abundance of fish and other marine life in the reef in the marine park, fishermen in Sint Eustatius have to date avoided overfishing in the area. The pilot project, called Statia Blue, will create sustainable practices for fisheries in Sint Eustatius. The proposed solution is a mobile application that puts buyers of fish in touch with suppliers of fish on a “real-time” basis. A key component of Statia Blue is to ensure that fishermen increase compliance with the principles of sustainable fisheries and thereby play an active role as stewards of the protected reefs, parks and species which are the fragile natural endowments of the island and its people.

The proposed solution involves the engagement of fisher-folk in education on pricing and the market mechanism and support of that education using mobile application technology for creating a real-time market place for fish and seafood. The application will be used for ongoing education, supporting market clearing prices and monitoring and evaluation of catches to encourage sustainable practices such as fishing a safe distance from protected zones and management of the invasive species.

Working with a small group of fishermen, the project proposes to provide them a mobile app (“Statia Blue”) and waterproof mobile phones. As fish are caught, the fish is identified and described (size and weight) and reported back to a central database. At the central database the price of that fish and the total catch is estimated based upon the fish caught by all fishermen on that day. Prices are reported back to the fishermen so that they can make informed decisions about the harvesting of those fish. Fishermen can continue or stop fishing depending upon their satisfaction with the price estimated on the market. A pricing mechanism will be used to signal to fishermen which fish are in demand. The app will also have an educational element, administered by Sint Eustatius National Park (STENAPA) who will also raise the credit lines on fishermen’s access to the STENAPA credit card as an incentive for participating in the pilot project. Statia Blue will also have a consumer interface, reporting on which fish are advisable for eating during the season based upon data on the stock of fish in the Statia’s waters. The pricing element will also be present to reduce adverse selection.

The project is expected to benefit fishermen in primarily Sint Eustatius as well as Saba and St. Maarten and the closest off shore markets for fish- St. Kitts and hoteliers in Sint Maarten, as well as to other Caribbean islands. The successful deployment of this project in Sint Eustatius has benefits for the fishing grounds around the neighbouring islands. In addition, the innovation can be a best practice for all OCTs trying to develop their fisheries.

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Managing Innovation Training in TCI

Managing Innovation Training in TCI

A Training Programme in “Managing Innovation” was held in the TCI during February 16-17, 2017. The Managing Innovation workshop was organized by the Ministry of Finance in collaboration with the COSME Programme, and with Mrs. Alexa Cooper-Grant, TCI Innovation Manager. This two-day workshop was facilitated by Mr. Leopoldo Colombo of Quara Consulting and Training, Argentina. Mr. Colombo is also Convener of the ISO Committee developing the international standard on “Innovation Management Systems”.

Innovation and creativity are intertwined and critical to securing a competitive advantage. However, best practices in innovation have moved far beyond creative brainstorming. The most consistent and successful innovators don’t rely on chance. They have invested in building reliable innovation processes and structures to repeatedly find new opportunities that make sense in terms of value creation.

This training was ideal for BSOs, Government agencies and training institutions as well as innovators, entrepreneurs and management consultants.

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OCTA Innovation Issue 11 / 2017 –  2IC Azores

OCTA Innovation Issue 11 / 2017 – 2IC Azores

OCTA Innovation’s International Conference at the Nonagon Science and Technology Park in Ponta Delgada, the Azores, April 11-14 2017, was a resounding success. The gathering of OCT Innovation Managers, the government of the Azores, the European Commission and innovation and creativity experts was extremely promising and fruitful. The event was unique in building synergies between OCTs and the EU’s Outermost Regions.

Similarities between the two in meeting the challenges related to isolated territories were highlighted by Rui Bettencourt, Regional Assistant Secretary of the Presidency for External Relations of the Azores. Opportunities for cooperation were articulated by Chair of OCTA Innovation’s Steering Committee, Janice Panton.

As the Team Leader of OCTA Innovation, I am proud that Innovation Managers decided to draw up a conference declaration clearly showing a firm grip of innovation, creativity and leadership and in this way taking ownership of the very concept of OCTA Innovation. The Declaration calls on Heads of Government of the EU’s Overseas Countries and Territories to take full responsibility for prosperity of OCTs by taking the lead in developing the conditions for implementing Systemic Innovation.

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2IC – Azores and OCTs to explore cooperation on innovation

2IC – Azores and OCTs to explore cooperation on innovation

 

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.

 

 

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OCTA Innovation Issue 10 / 2017 –  Aruba OCT-EU Forum

OCTA Innovation Issue 10 / 2017 – Aruba OCT-EU Forum

The recent period has involved a lot of commitment for Mr Cedrick Tilma, EU representative of the Government of Aruba at the permanent representation of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Brussels. He has been representing the Aruba Chairmanship of OCTA to the European Union’s institutions as well as assisting Prime Minister of Aruba, Mike Eman to chair OCTA and to host the 15th OCT-EU Forum in Oranjestad, 20-24th February. Very successful team work has led to great results.

Mr Tilma former President of the OCTA Executive Committee and a member of OCTA Innovation’s Steering Committee, has played a major role in in establishing OCTA Innovation and in propelling innovation in the Overseas Countries and Territories of European Union.

Mr Cedrick Tilma is also working on capacity building, enhancing higher level education and building a Sustainable Energy Roadmap for OCTs, in line with Aruba’s commitment to cut fossil fuel dependency and promote renewable energy using all available tools: technical, economic and regulatory. He says: “The use of renewable sources of energy is a key issue for OCTs to reduce dependency on the import of fossil fuels. The wider use of renewables is one of the top innovation priorities for OCTs.” The use of renewables is also promising for the creation of new jobs, such as in the expanding eco-tourism market, he adds. View the video to find out more.

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