OCTA Innovation Newsletter #15-2018 – Visitor economy

OCTA Innovation Newsletter #15-2018 – Visitor economy

Overseas Countries and Territories are embracing innovation as one the most important drivers of the economy. Montserrat is organizing Innovation Days in August 2018. Focus of the event is very concrete. How innovation will move development of the island, all in line with the latest Montserrat Economic Growth Strategy and Delivery Plan final version issued the most recently, in February 2018.

Slogan of the Innovation days is “Innovation for sustainable growth” and topics of particular attention are: Development of entrepreneurial innovation eco system, Innovation policy and instruments with special attention to development of agriculture and organic farming and to tourism agglomerate, specially in niches of “visitor economy”.

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OCTA Innovation Newsletter #14-2018 – Saba mission

OCTA Innovation Newsletter #14-2018 – Saba mission

Saba Innovation Manager, Menno van der Velde, is working on turning opportunities into the actions primarly strengthening renewable energy capacities and social housing. Menno has also strong influence on nature conservation, marine protection, sustainable fishery, improving organic farming and inspiring a new generation of creativity while reinforcing the values of traditional craftsmanship and art forms.

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OCTA Innovation Newsletter #13-2018 – Creative Industry

OCTA Innovation Newsletter #13-2018 – Creative Industry

The development of creative industry assists development of economy in different fields such as enhancing SME, diversifying the economy or creating new job opportunities. Jacques Grysole, expert in creative industry worked out with the key stakeholders in the OCTs a scoping study and developed recommendations for steps forward. Based on this, Jacques made workshops and worked with stakeholders in Anguilla, Aruba, BVI and Curaçao.

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OCTA Innovation Newsletter #12-2018

OCTA Innovation Newsletter #12-2018

Green transport, green business, green OCTs. Bikes, electrical bikes and electrical cars are way to go in the OCTs. Introduction of electric vehicles helps to reduce CO2-emissions and the dependence on petroleum. Implementing green transport in OCTs, could help at the same time to be economically better and to stay uncontaminated. Countries that rely on low air pollutant emitting fuel mixes may gain a lot in terms of avoided external costs. The benefits extend in protection of environment and enhancement of economy especially in green business and tourism.

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OCTA Innovation Newsletter #11-2018

OCTA Innovation Newsletter #11-2018

The unspoiled queen, slogan of Saba, is reflecting very well its genuine beauty and charm. Saba is indeed a great place to admire the nature, to do diving, to do trekking to the top of the volcano, but also to enjoy in truly warm hospitality, the finest cuisine and exceptional atmosphere. Saba is one of the European Union Overseas Countries and Territories. This constitutional municipality of the Kingdom of the Netherlands is at the same time the smallest Dutch Caribbean island and its highest point.

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OCTA Innovation Newsletter #10-2018 – Saba

OCTA Innovation Newsletter #10-2018 – Saba

Saba Innovation Manager, Menno van der Velde, is working on turning opportunities into the actions. Saba is gradually increasing its renewable energy sources and Menno is very proud stating that his island is moving to be 100% energy sustainable island. High tasks are including having hurricane proof buildings and having social housing on this hurricane prone island. However actions do not stop there as there are simultaneous actions on further recycling and waste treatment, activities in enhancing fishery, marine protection and diving, improving the transport and establishing Saba as favourite Caribbean Eco tourism destination.

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OCTA Innovation Newsletter #9-2018 – Innovation Complex

OCTA Innovation Newsletter #9-2018 – Innovation Complex

Science Technology and Innovation (STI) is of the significant importance for the sustainable growth and development of the EU, and normally of the EU Overseas Countries and Territories.
We are proud having many STI innovation projects in the OCTs, including the ongoing projects in French Polynesia and Bonaire.
However Innovation is not coming only from the STI side. Innovation is also very much coming from Doing Using and Interacting (DUI) side. Our Overseas Countries and Territories with their creativity are also giving some great examples of this mix of creativity and innovation.

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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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