Amerindian Petroglyphs, Unique Selling Proposition for Innovation in Montserrat Tourism

Amerindian Petroglyphs, Unique Selling Proposition for Innovation in Montserrat Tourism

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.

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Nominations Open For Business Innovation & Creativity Awards On Montserrat

Nominations Open For Business Innovation & Creativity Awards On Montserrat

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 in the publications section, which can also be accessed via direct link at

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.

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Montserrat hosting OECS environment council meeting

Montserrat hosting OECS environment council meeting

This year, the much-anticipated Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Council of Ministers of Environment Sustainability (COMES 5) will be held in the island of Montserrat. The fifth meeting of COMES will take place from July 10 to 11, under the theme “Building Resilience on the Frontlines of Climate Change”.

The COMES 5 comes at a critical juncture, given the severe economic and social impacts of the hurricanes of 2017 and will provide the forum for ministers to engage with senior technocrats and development partners and to make decisions that will advance the climate and overall environmental resilience of the region.

Last year, COMES 4 was held in Grenada under the chairmanship of Senator Simon Stiell, minister of state responsible for human resource development and the environment of Grenada under the theme “Accelerating Sustainable Development: Addressing Challenges and Creating Opportunities.”

This year, the high-level meeting will be chaired by David Osborne, minister of agriculture, trade, lands, housing and the environment of Montserrat.

Montserrat is strategically placed to host such a major event. The Emerald Isle of the Caribbean has been able to build resilience despite the eruption of the Soufrière hills volcano that buried the southern part of the country. Today, Montserrat remains attractive and still keeps secrets waiting to be revealed to visitors.

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Workshop in Montserrat

Workshop in Montserrat

Greenhouses are the most secure way how to increase benefits of the local agriculture, and reduce importation. Therefore there was strong interest in Monserrat. The country would have good opportunity by developing pineapple (organic production with support of CIRAD from Martinique). In fact before volcano erupted in the end of the nineties there was a lot of pineapples production. Providing water storage is developed it could be possible to re-launch such a crop on very fertile ashes soil close to Plymouth (old capital). A mission to Costa Rica could be useful for identifying the best varieties and accessing young plants.


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16th OCT-EU Forum, Janice Panton MBE

16th OCT-EU Forum, Janice Panton MBE

Janice Panton, MBE, EU Representative of Montserrat called upon the heads of the governments of the EU Overseas Countries and Territories to embrace Systemic Innovation for the sustainable development of their regions. Innovation is the only way to progress for all economies and entities of the European Union and its regions as well as of the Overseas Countries and Territories of the European Union.

Innovation needs to be impregnated in tissue of the economies across all sectors, to lead to the prosperity of the society of the Overseas Countries and Territories. To address systemic issues of the Overseas Countries and Territories, specific innovation approach and particular set of actions need to be taken to have innovation as a real driver of the economy and wider of the society. This specific approach has been recognised and developed to be implemented as Systemic Innovation for Overseas Countries and Territories of the European Union.

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OCT to OCT partnership building

OCT to OCT partnership building

This project is a great example of OCT to OCT partnership, here between the Falklands Islands Government Institute (SAERI) and the Government of Montserrat (GoM), to transfer knowledge and skills from the South Atlantic to the Caribbean. This skills and knowledge transfer focuses on information management and Marine Spatial Planning. The project is facilitated by the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC).

The aim of the project is to enhance the GoM’s data collection systems in accordance with best practices for sustainable governance and management and to transfer knowledge and skills from the South Atlantic to the Caribbean.

The objectives of the project are to assist the government of Montserrat to:

1. Formulate a data infrastructure appropriate to the islands needs to support its Marine and Terrestrial spatial planning in the context of environmental management and socio-economic development;
2. Improve the legal framework for sustainable management and use of the ocean resources; and
3. Formulate a strategy to implement Marine Spatial Planning and produce a Marine Spatial Plan in the context of environmental management and socio-economic development.

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Public private partnership for rebuilding Montserrat

Public private partnership for rebuilding Montserrat

To rebuild the economy of Montserrat will require an effort that is both a mix of government policy and private sector execution. This statement is very correct, and you may Read more

Innovation strategy for sustainable growth, Action plan developed and fine-tuned in Public Private consultations and optimal set of the legislative, fiscal and financial measures to rebuild Montserrat in truly public private partnership

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The OCTA Innovation International Conference took place in Ponta Delgada, Azores on 11-14 April 2017. It gathered representatives of the Overseas Countries and Territories of the European Union (OCTs), the government of the Azores, the European Commission and innovation experts to look at how innovation is spurring sustainable development in small islands and to develop cooperation and future initiatives.

The pillars and values that are the basis of a society were considered as well as the capacities and needs of all stakeholders to underpin them. The implementation of different types and different levels of innovation have been under consideration. The vision of an economically prosperous and inclusive society should be based on innovation and entire collaboration between public and private actors. Innovation should support all stakeholders in society, in both economic and social fields and is perceived as crucial for tackling the issues of natural resources, climate change and sustainable development. The governments have to ensure enabling conditions for propelling innovation. Innovation Managers of the Overseas Countries and Territories of European Union, active members of OCTA Innovation, assembled in the Azores, commit themselves to feeding these dynamics.

Governments must take the lead in systemic innovation across all sectors; fostering partnerships between public and private entities and knowledge sharing and capacity-building. The ambition is to grow a number of thematic and regional centres of excellence among OCTs with a focus on those sectors where individual OCTs are already leading the way, and to share expertise among the OCTs and with regions.

Innovation Managers: Anguilla, Bren Romney; Aruba, Bianca Peters; Bonaire, Dianne Boelmans; British Virgin Islands, Lizette George; Cayman Islands, Jamaal Anderson; Curaçao, Fiona Curie; Falkland Islands, Michael Betts; French Polynesia, Bran Quinquis; Greenland, Lars Balslev; Montserrat, Angela Estwick; New Caledonia, Jean-Michel Le Saux; Pitcairn, Leslie Jaques; Saba, Menno Van der Velde; St. Barthélemy, Pascal Peuchot; St. Helena, Niall O’Keeffe; St. Pierre-et-Miquelon, Olivier Gaston; St. Eustatius, Roy Hooker; St. Maarten, Jude Houston; Turks and Caicos Islands, Alexa Cooper-Grant; Wallis and Futuna, Carole Manry.

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