Innovation, the driver for prosperous Curaçao

Innovation, the driver for prosperous Curaçao

Meeting Prime Minister Eugene Rhuggenaath was an excellent opportunity for discussion on the issue of innovation, not only technological innovation but also all aspects of innovation and influence on economy and wider on complete society of Curaçao.

How to have innovation-driven prosperous Curaçao?

The axis of the discussion was how to move, how to implement innovation to be driver of the society. How to organize implementation of systemic innovation? How to institutionally structure innovation to be implemented across all sectors? How innovation can drive the National Development Plan (NDP)? How innovation can support a nation investing in resiliency and sustainability? Innovation in bringing both development and sustainability.

We tackled several current issues of the Island, such as migration, social inclusion and social innovation. But all of these in larger context of having innovation-driven prosperous Curaçao: capacity-building in general including government capacity-building, wide involvement of the population and Curacao people ownership of building their future.

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Vouchers for knowledge and technology

Vouchers for knowledge and technology

The mission in Curaçao was also the occasion to meet the whole team of the pilot project “Startup launchpad”: the Curaçao Innovation and Technology Institute (CITI) members, the finalists and the jury from the rounds of competition.

OCTA Innovation team leader Milan Jezic von Gesseneck worked with them on the results already obtained and on what is planned for the second part of the implementation of the pilot project.

The Start-up Launch pad offers businesses in the start-up stage a chance to participate and win Technology, Knowledge and Support vouchers to invest in their company. This is in addition to an extensive mentoring and coaching program and the exposure their business will get in the local media. There are three rounds of competitions. The winner of the final will get the chance to compete on an international level.

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Hydroponic plant in operation

Hydroponic plant in operation

During his mission in Curaçao, Milan Jezic von Gesseneck, OCTA Innovation Team Leader, Innovation expert visited on hydroponic plant. One of the top five who gained a place in the second round of the Startup Launchpad program and the opportunity to get a voucher, is Giancarlo da Costa from Fresh Habits.

For this start-up, innovation is in the implementation of the hydroponic solution to reduce import, but also to develop hydroponic technology to eventually produce the container based hydroponic set and to have export from Curacao. Using this technology will bring sustainable and local production to the community of Curaçao.

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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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