An EU intellectual property policy to boost innovation

An EU intellectual property policy to boost innovation

Intellectual property (IP) lies at the heart of innovation and competitiveness around the world as well as in the European Union, and intellectual property rights (IPRs) are protected mainly through patents, trade marks and copyright. IPRs enable individuals and companies to earn recognition and/or financial benefit from what they invent or create. By striking the right balance between innovators and public interest, IP aims to foster an environment in which creativity and innovation can flourish. The EU has shaped a framework that defines and protects innovations and creations through IP. This framework mainly comprises of directives and regulations protecting copyright, trade marks, patents, designs and geographical indications. Read more

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Caribbean – shift of relations with EU

Caribbean – shift of relations with EU

A special meeting of CARIFORUM Council of Ministers, March 26-27, 2018 in St. Kitts and Nevis affirmed that members of the 15-country Caribbean grouping is  preparing on four fronts to adapt to a shift of relations with the European Union.

Opening the meeting, Mark Brantley, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Aviation of Saint Kitts and Nevis said:

“We can all agree that we serve at a time when the tectonic plates on which our engagement with the European Union rest, continue to shift. It is a time which requires us simultaneously to:

  • Grapple with implementation of the CARIFORUM-EU Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA),
  • Assess the impact of the exit of the United Kingdom from the European Union (BREXIT), in an effort to mitigate against it,
  • Ensure the roll-over of the EPA into a CARIFORUM-UK Free Trade Agreement, preserve the level of market access into the UK market as obtains under the CARIFORUM-EU Economic Partnership Agreement and
  • Consider our options for future engagement with the EU, Africa and the Pacific in the Post-Cotonou era.“

“… each of these components demands that we remain focused and strategic in our approach to engagement with key partners both in our region and in Europe,” he added.

CARIFORUM member states are: Antigua and Barbuda, the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, the Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago.

Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs): Anguilla, Aruba, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands Montserrat Turks and Caicos Islands and the Netherland Antilles, all have observer status in CARIFORUM.

Minister Brantley added that CARIFORUM Member States were preparing texts for submission to the United Kingdom with the aim of preserving the current level of market access into the United Kingdom after 2019 under the Economic Partnership Agreement signed with all Member States of the EU.  

He said: “We are of the view that development cooperation in the form of technical assistance, capacity building, and financial mechanisms to enable our region to capitalise on the market access opportunities resulting from free trade agreements are meritorious.”

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Best beach in World – Grace Bay, Turks and Caicos

Best beach in World – Grace Bay, Turks and Caicos

 

Grace Bay in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos has been awarded the title of best beach in World, voted by Travellers on TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel website.

“This beach has shades of blue and green which are just a feast for the eyes. The water is generally gentle making swimming easy. The easy slope makes wading into the ocean a delight. Just watching the waves lap upon the beach is just so serene. Watching the sunrise and the sunset was an experience beyond description,“ said one totally charmed visitor.

It is not the only the beach in an Overseas Country and Territory in the top 25 of TripAdvisor’s Travellers’ Choice Awards for 2018. Eagle Beach, Palm, Aruba and Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman, took fourth and fifth spots respectively. 

OCT hotels featured in TripAdvisor’s 2018 list of best hotels in the World 2018 including The Tuscany, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos and Eden Rock, St Jean St. Barthelemy, placed 23rd and 24th respectively.

https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/TravelersChoice

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OCTA Innovation Newsletter #8-2018 – Bonaire

OCTA Innovation Newsletter #8-2018 – Bonaire

Governor Rijna and his team with innovation pilot project Bonaire AlgaePARC are bringing to Bonaire multiple opportunities for economic diversication as well as university education and capacity-building via three pillars blended learning (3PBL).

We appreciate very much vision of Governor Rijna for the development of his territory and his mission how to implement this vision, and particularly all actions he’s taking for propelling innovation and building economy of Bonaire.

We invite all key stakeholders in Bonaire to secure sustainability of all aspects of development and implementation of the innovation. Namely special attention needs to be given to having structural organisation of innovation for long-term efficient implementation of innovation across all sectors, updating innovation strategy and action plan, and developing innovation policy with associated optimal innovation supporting measures.

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Governor Edison Rijna

Governor Edison Rijna

Governor Rijna and his team with innovation pilot project Bonaire AlgaePARC are bringing to Bonaire multiple opportunities for economic diversication as well as university education and capacity-building via three pillars blended learning (3PBL).

We appreciate very much vision of Governor Rijna for the development of his territory and his mission how to implement this vision, and particularly all actions he’s taking for propelling innovation and building economy of Bonaire.

We invite all key stakeholders in Bonaire to secure sustainability of all aspects of development and implementation of the innovation. Namely special attention needs to be given to having structural organisation of innovation for long-term efficient implementation of innovation across all sectors, updating innovation strategy and action plan, and developing innovation policy with associated optimal innovation supporting measures.

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Bonaire AlgaePARC

Bonaire AlgaePARC

Bonaire AlgaePARC is a project based on a team between Wageningen University Research, Public Entity Bonaire, the Ministry of Economic Affairs and travel organisation TUI, thanks to a grant received from the European Union via the Association of Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTA).

Professor Rene Wijffels, Wageningen University and Research presented progress of the project. Bonaire has an ideal climate for the production of micro-algae due to the temperature and the amount of sun. Bonaire, with Edison Rijna as Governor, is one of the Overseas Countries and Territories moving in the right direction, especially by his personal involvement and personal drive for building diversified sustainable economy and prosperous society. Particularly it is very valuable that Governor Edison Rijna is taking care of innovation to be developed and in sustainable way to be implemented transversally across all sectors.

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Bringing science and technology

Bringing science and technology

Different meetings related to Bonaire Algae Parc have been held. Governor Edison Rijna has initiated this innovation pilot project, he and his team have requested and secured EU funding for this project. Currently the project’s team is managing execution of the project and opening several valuable opportunities for Bonaire. That is exactly way where to go and how to go. This project having initiated transfer of technology from EU to island, bringing science to the territory and far more than that is much appreciated. Science through further research and implementation of innovation having a direct impact on the economy on the island. This innovation is specific by giving possibility for diversification of the economy and for coming close to real circular economy by developing processes resulting with wide number of products such as bio fuel, food supplements, pigments, proteins, feed, food and cosmetics.

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