OCTA Innovation Issue 27 / 2017 – Bonaire

OCTA Innovation Issue 27 / 2017 – Bonaire

Governor Edison Enrique Rijna is coming to present Bonaire to Brussels’ audience at OCTA Innovation Bonaire BRUZZ.

Bonaire is one of the Overseas Countries and Territories of the European Union. As one of the special municipalities within the Kingdom of the Netherlands, together with Aruba and Curaçao, Bonaire forms the group known as the ABC islands in the Caribbean region.

Bonaire is world-wide, one of the three best scuba diving destinations. Bonaire’s economy, mainly based on tourism, is taking advantage of warm and dry climate, beautiful pristine coral reefs and flamingo sanctuaries. Currently Bonaire is taking innovation as a way forward and is ready for new investments and further growth.

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Systemic innovation in Bonaire

Systemic innovation in Bonaire

During last mission to Bonaire in October 2017, Milan Jezic von Gesseneck stressed the importance of innovation for diversification and growth of economy. To initiate the process of systemic innovation approach, which is already championned by Governor Rijna, OCTA Innovation Team Leader presented how systemic innovation should be organised, and which measures should be implemented.

Public Private Partnership in all sectors and at all levels, starting from public authorities to the wide community should be strengthened. Continuous raising awareness and consultation process about different innovation aspects would be enhanced. Consultations about needs for different organisational restructuring as well as about consultations about having in place an optimal set of the legislative and financial instruments for propelling innovation should be intensified in the coming period.

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Three Pillars: Intertwining innovation, education and commitment

Three Pillars: Intertwining innovation, education and commitment

OCTA Innovation under leadership of Mr Milan Jezic von Gesseneck (left on the photo) has developed into an innovation think tank committed to best outcomes in island states in the Atlantic and South Pacific. With innovation as the engine of sustainable development, Milan has lead developing innovation, including a new concept in learning, blended education. From his experience of working in developing countries, he developed a learning methodology that brings together most effortless in-job education, with structured distance learning enabling the students on minimal face to face support (often not available on the islands) to gain from the most advanced education tools and gain valuable qualifications.

In the summer of 2017 University of Aruba and Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (University of Leuven) signed a 5-year partnership agreement for the Green Faculty at the University of Aruba. Under leadership of Mr Glenn Thodé (middle on the photo) the Green Faculty encapsulates an academic program focused on research in the field of sustainability, and application of new technologies related to green, renewable energy, in combination with economic and social sciences. The Green Faculty is a major leap forward for all region. By welcoming high-level experts and academic staff, the Green Faculty will, no doubt become the hotbed of learning in the Caribbean. Great work Glenn!

From economic hit-man to protector. Emerging from the world of hard, imperial economics where power is unscrupulously used to further interest of global finance, Mr John Perkins (right on the photo) has been reborn into one of the strongest protectors of natural life and resources. Advising small countries and organizations that protect resources and support economics that respects both environment and societal needs, John is using his economic knowledge and commitment to sustainable and circular economy. We love this work.

On the first sight these three approaches are unrelated. But they form the big picture of economic and societal prosperity in the Overseas Countries and Territories, the Three Pillars.

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La vision et l’engagement du Président Philippe Germain

La vision et l’engagement du Président Philippe Germain

La mission en Nouvelle-Calédonie a commencé par la rencontre avec le Président Philippe Germain. La réunion a été l’occasion de rappeler la vision très positive de l’innovation systémique pour le Président Philippe Germain. L’innovation est au cœur de nombreuses politiques publiques et elle représente une priorité au sein du gouvernement de Nouvelle-Calédonie. Le Président Philippe Germain fait preuve d’un engagement, d’un positionnement, et d’une compréhension sans pareil à propos de l’innovation.

Il est décidé d’organiser un évènement à Bruxelles début novembre 2017 lors du déplacement du Président Philippe Germain en Europe. Cet évènement sera l’occasion de mettre en lumière la vision du président sur la stratégie de développement de la Nouvelle-Calédonie. L’importance de l’innovation pour l’économie est tout particulièrement reconnue grâce à la compréhension du gouvernement. Ceci donne à la Nouvelle-Calédonie une place spéciale grâce aux richesses du pays et grâce aux richesses provenant de la créativité du peuple.

L’évènement donnera également l’occasion d’évoquer la question de la coopération régionale dans la région Pacifique et de l’implication de la Nouvelle-Calédonie au sein de la Communauté du Pacifique. Le Président Philippe Germain préside la Conférence de la Communauté du Pacifique Sud pour les deux prochaines années.

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Meeting Governor Rijna in Bonaire

Meeting Governor Rijna in Bonaire

A few months after his participation at the OCTA Innovation International Conference in the Azores in April 2017, Governor Rijna received visit on Monday 16 October from OCTA Innovation Team Leader in Kralendijk. Milan Jezic von Gesseneck is visiting Bonaire to promote and stimulate Innovation on the island. Governor Rijna is champion of the innovation on the island and supports implementation of the systemic innovation across all sectors. Governor Rijna’s approach is an example of the way how to go forward, how much innovation championing may bring prosperity to Overseas Countries and Territories.

Governor Rijna works closely with Bonaire Systemic Innovation Director Dianne Boelmans. Bonaire Governor supports the development of Bonaire and a wide implementation of innovation. He is in favour of regional cooperation within the Caribbean region and he champions transfer of science from Europe to Bonaire.

This week there will also be a delegation from Wageningen University on the island to take the next step in the Bonaire AlgaePARC innovation pilot project, for which the EU has made a grant of up to 115,000€. The first results of this research will be announced this week. Governor Rijna supports this innovation pilot project and the establishment of Bonaire Algae Parc. Rijna is looking for having direct but also indirect impact from this innovation pilot project on economy such as tourism.

Recent visit from OCTA Innovation Team Leader in Bonaire concluded in the agreement to have an OCTA Innovation BRUZZ dedicated to Bonaire at the occasion of Governor Rijna visit to Brussels. Brussels audience will be invited for a direct talk to Bonaire Governor in the coming period, eventually already in 2017.

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Mission en Nouvelle-Calédonie

Mission en Nouvelle-Calédonie

Quelques mois après leur rencontre lors de la conférence internationale d’OCTA Innovation aux Açores, Milan Jezic von Gesseneck retrouve Jean-Michel Le Saux, le directeur de l’innovation systémique pour la Nouvelle-Calédonie.

Le chef de projet d’OCTA Innovation se trouve en Nouvelle-Calédonie du 29 septembre au 5 octobre afin de soutenir le progrès dans tous les domaines touchant à l’innovation.

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OCTA Innovation Issue 23/ 2017 – Team Leader Missions

OCTA Innovation Issue 23/ 2017 – Team Leader Missions

 

Missions to BVI and St. Martin were very short but very engaging and promising. Two meetings with the Premier of British Virgin Islands, honourable Dr. Orlando Smith, and a meeting with the Prime Minister of St. Maarten, honourable William Marlin as well as multiple meetings with innovation directors and key stakeholders, were very fruitful due to the progress of moving from consultations and innovation strategies to actual implementation of the strategies.

Particularly meetings with head of governments and extensive discussions on how to how to implement innovation as well as to make innovation sustainable during and especially after the end of the project. Establishing innovation ecosystem and developing different innovation supporting instruments and enhancing public private partnership have been recognized as priorities.

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Mission in the British Virgin Islands

Mission in the British Virgin Islands

Mission of Milan Jezic von Gesseneck, OCTA Innovation Team Leader to the British Virgin Islands from 14th to 16th August 2017 assisted in progressing on different innovation issues on the island. The key innovation person in the British Virgin Islands is Lizette George, Innovation Director for the British Virgin Islands. All meetings and actions have been developed and coordinated by Lizette George.

Honourable Dr. Orlando Smith, Premier and Minister of Finance is known as long-term active promoter of innovation in the British Virgin Islands and in the Overseas Countries and Territories. Premier is very much interested in how to implement systemic innovation and how to develop entrepreneurship by bringing innovation as a driver to the economy.

Brodrick Penn, Permanent Secretary of Premier’s Office discussed with OCTA Innovation Team leader the awarded Pilot Project of Innovative Business Lab (IBL) and how to secure the highest impact of this innovation pilot project. The Innovative Business Lab project will be established and will operate under supervision of National Business Bureau which is a governmental body established under Ministry of Finance.

At Forge, new established privately owned incubator, Meade Malone, CEO of FORGE, has explained policy and business approach of this very new entity which will be opened to entrepreneurs before end of the year. The partnership should be established with IBL as they work in the same area: training and engaging incubators and start-ups.

This mission was the occasion to launch the Innovative Business Lab pilot project. The project is co-funded by the European Union and by the Government of the British Virgin Islands. The project has already received advanced payment and is engaging person to be in charge of the Innovation Business Lab. OCTA Innovation proposed to have a monthly “Mentorship innovative entrepreneur conference call”. The OCTA Innovation mentoring would enable interested entrepreneurs to have contact with the OCTA Innovation Team Leader or another OCTA innovation expert (to be agreed on in advance).

Team leader of Ecorys COSME SME Support Project Huib Poot and Prakaash Rostam his Key Expert SME & Private Sector Development presented the extensive work done on SME and incubation. Indeed a lot of work has been done in the British Virgin Islands and in the region. A significant set of information has been shared, what is enhancing synergy with our project and for benefit of regional Overseas Countries and Territories. Formulation of a Diversification Strategy and Implementation “Strengthening the Development of Small and Medium Enterprises of the OCTs in the Caribbean Region (COSME)” Executive Summary, Strategy and Implementation Plan.

OCTA Innovation Team Leader also met Luce Hodge-Smith, director of Culture for having assistance of short-term expert in creative industry.

The Team within the Ministry of Natural Resources and Labour: Permanent secretary, Joseph Smith Abbott, Deputy Secretary, and Tessa Smith, Senior Administrative Officer appreciate very much given assistance and support provided in fishery field. Another assistance in agriculture has been discussed.

Joseph Abbott who is a member of the BVI Innovation Board participated in the Innovation Workshop. Joseph Abbott gave appreciated input in innovation ecosystem establishment in the British Virgin Islands. Similar discussions about innovation ecosystem was held also with members of Chamber of Commerce, namely, A. Simon Potter and Louis Potter.

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Mission in Sint-Maarten

Mission in Sint-Maarten

Mission of Milan Jezic von Gesseneck, OCTA Innovation Team Leader to Sint-Maarten on 10th and 11th August 2017 assisted in progressing on different innovation issues on the island. The key innovation person in Sint-Maarten is Jude Houston, Innovation Director for Sint-Maarten. All meetings and actions have been developed and coordinated by Jude Houston.

Very key meeting was with Prime Minister Honourable William Marlin and his collaborators Marc Arnold, Cassandra Janssen and Jude Houston. Prime Minister Honourable William Marlin confirmed enthusiasm and optimism for accelerating implementation Innovation for sustainable growth in Sint-Maarten. Innovation is now regarded as the vehicle towards improvement of this country’s economic competitiveness.

The Secretary General H.G.A. Plantijn LL.M. shown keen interest in systemic innovation and in the manner how to progress with systemic innovation implementation.

Marc Arnold and his team from the department of the Interior and Government relations, Olivia Lake and Thijn Laurensse, evaluated opportunities to move towards innovation in several aspects: internal restructuring, innovation board reestablishment and developing different instruments for propelling innovation. There was discussion on regional experience and practice, as well as exchange of information and how to enhance having more synergy.

Dr. Francio Guadeloupe, Dean of the University has highlighted high engagement of the university in promoting academic tourism as one of the ways where OCT has benefit in synergy of capacity-building, education, training and attractive locations of the OCTs. Furthermore was discussed cooperation based on exclusive academic experience of Dr. Francio Guadeloupe in several OCTs.

During his stay in Sint-Maarten, OCTA Innovation Team leader also had the opportunity to meet Mervyn Butcher, from the Permits and licences & Economic control department to discuss about the fishery issues including regional cooperation with Anguilla and Saint-Martin.

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Meeting Premier Dr. Orlando Smith

Meeting Premier Dr. Orlando Smith

The two meetings between Premier of the British Virgin Islands, honourable Dr. Orlando Smith, and Milan Jezic von Gesseneck have shown continuous high interest of head of BVI government in propelling innovation in BVI. Dr. Orlando Smith, in early 2013 as OCTA Chairman has inked the OCTA Innovation project.

Premier Dr. Orlando Smith is very much interested on how to implement systemic innovation and how to develop entrepreneurship by bringing innovation as a driver to the economy and was even keen to eventually open an innovation workshop.

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