“Understanding Legacies, Celebrating Achievements, Embracing Tomorrow”. Festival is organized every year, by the University of the West Indies (UWI) local Open Campus, under the leadership of its head, Gracelyn Cassell.Read more
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.
Montserrat Innovation Days have been very successfully completed from August 16 to August 21. Four days of extensive exchange of information among public and private Montserrat stakeholders, including EU experts in innovation, creativity and economy, tourism agglomerate sector, development of the “visitor economy” and all aspects of economies linked and developed around the sector. These include competences building and education, entrepreneurship, development of entrepreneurial innovation eco system, business support, incubators, start-ups and on the local level existing best practices and EU related programmes.
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by Cherise Aymer, Montserrat Tourism Division.
Sometimes big things come in small packages, especially where the volcanic island of Montserrat is concerned. Fondly termed “The Emerald Isle of the Caribbean”, this beautiful gem boasts a number of unique treasures just waiting to be discovered.
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After years of delay, Port Development on Montserrat is moving forward. Montserrat’s new port will be constructed at Little Bay, with funding secured for the project of up to £21 million/EC$88 million.
The first phase of development of Port project will include a much needed breakwater, and also a roll on, roll off facility for cargo ships. In addition, small cruise vessels will also be able to dock at the new port when completed.
On Tuesday, August 21st, 2018, Hon Minister Paul Lewis and other officials at MCWEL (Ministry of Communications, Works, Energy and Labour) hosted four of five firms that are in the bidding to manage both the Technical Consulting, and also the environment and social impact assessments for the Port Little Bay Project.
The Government of Montserrat is organising Innovation Days in Montserrat on 16th and 17th of August 2018. Innovation Days will be held under patronage of the honourable Donaldson Romeo, Premier of Montserrat, who will personally open the Montserrat Innovation Days. That will be great occasion for local both public and private stakeholders to gather and to exchange relevant knowledge and best available practice in different aspects of sustainable development of the island.
Mrs. Janice Panton MBE, UK and EU Representative for the Government of Montserrat and Chair of the OCTA Innovation will present Association of EU Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTA) and OCTA Innovation, EU funded project for propelling innovation in the OCTs. As an introductory speaker at the Montserrat Innovation Days, Janice Panton will particularly highlight her call upon the heads of the governments of the EU Overseas Countries and Territories to embrace Systemic Innovation for the sustainable development of their territories.
Milan Jezic von Gesseneck, Brussels based OCTA Innovation Team Leader, will lead a group of EU experts who should provide some lectures and transfer of the best EU practices to Montserrat. Particularly Milan will share his knowledge and experience in innovation and sustainable development; Alan Cooper expert from Trinidad and Tobago will share his knowledge and regional experience in policy support for innovation, entrepreneurship and green business development; while James McGregor, knowledgeable eco-tourism expert will bring the best worldwide practice and experience in visitor economy.
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Established by Friends of Montserrat in 1970 under The Montserrat National Trust Ordinance, the Montserrat National Trust is a Non-Government Organization (NGO) dedicated to the conservation and protection of the environment and the preservation of Montserrat’s Natural and Historic Heritage. Over the past years it has contributed significantly to the education and to the enhancement of the island’s beauty and Tourist attractions.
Thanks to the Small Innovation Project, the Montserrat National Trust gets assistance to establish Amerindian Petroglyphs as Unique Selling Proposition for Innovation in Montserrat Tourism. The project will engage an Archaeologist expert in studying Amerindian Petroglyphs, explore, design and develop suitable trail access to the area to allow visitors access to the site and develop education and promotion programmes using research information on history petroglyphs, flora, and fauna of Montserrat and create materials specifically for the education and enjoyment of children, adults and visitors to Montserrat as books, brochures, workbooks, colouring books, worksheets, maps. On this way Montserrat should develop Amerindian Petroglyphs as Unique Selling Proposition for Innovation in Montserrat Tourism.
Montserrat’s Innovation Board is now accepting nominations for the 2018 Overseas Countries and Territories Association (OCTA) Business Innovation and Creativity (BIC) Awards.
The BIC Awards, given across all sectors, are part of OCTA Innovation’s “Innovation Support Network programme”. They also showcase examples of innovation – frequently within Small and Medium Enterprises – for others to implement.
Individuals on Montserrat are therefore encouraged to nominate businesses or entities that are implementing their services in innovative and creative ways, particularly in Education, Energy, Creative Industries, Tourism, Agriculture and ICT.
Montserrat’s Innovation Team Manager, Miss Angela Estwick explained that the nominations will serve to highlight and celebrate businesses that are excelling through the use of innovative and creative elements in their service delivery. Additionally, she noted that the winner will receive local and international recognition which will create greater visibility for their business and also serve to inspire others to start a business.
Individuals interested in submitting nominations should collect the nomination forms from the Office of the Premier. The form is also available for download from www.gov.ms in the publications section, which can also be accessed via direct link at http://www.gov.ms/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/BIC-Nomination-Form.pdf
Completed nomination forms must be submitted no later than 4:00p.m. on Monday, June 25. Nominations will be forwarded to the OCTA Innovation Team Leader, Milan Jezic von Gesseneck in the European Union; the OCTA Steering Committee, of which the Government of Montserrat’s UK Representative Mrs. Janice Panton is a member, will select final awardees to be recognised at the award ceremony later this year.
Last year’s awardee from Montserrat was Vinceroy Cassell, owner of Emerald Isle Ceramics, in the Creativity category.