OCTA Innovation Issue 20/ 2017 – Innovation Ecosystem

OCTA Innovation Issue 20/ 2017 – Innovation Ecosystem

 

Dear Innovation stakeholder,

We are overcoming systemic issues of our Overseas Countries and Territories by developing and implementing Systemic innovation. We are progressing very well in different aspects and different areas of innovation. However, to know the exact progress that we have made up to now, and to define and fine tune polices and instruments to be developed in the coming period, we are making scoping study with our innovation expert Alan Cooper. Depending on the role that you have in your Territory, please complete one of the attached questionnaires :


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OCTA Innovation Issue 19/ 2017 – SAERI

OCTA Innovation Issue 19/ 2017 – SAERI

South Atlantic Environmental Research Institute (SAERI) based in Falkland Islands, is undertaking important scientific research in the South Atlantic and beyond. With annual turnover 1 million €, 8 PhD students it is a great scientific partner for visiting researchers and collaboration worldwide. Contact Tara Pelembe.

The South Atlantic Environmental Research Institute, is an academic organisation conducting research in the South Atlantic from the tropics down to the ice in Antarctica. SAERIs vision is to be an internationally recognised academic institute, based In the Falkland Islands, operating in the South Atlantic from the equator down to the ice in Antarctica, conducting world class natural and physical science research, teaching students, and building capacity within and between the UK South Atlantic Overseas Territories.

The scientific mission is to advance environmental understanding in the South Atlantic through research excellence and innovative science leadership, using unique expertise to share, communicate and apply skills and findings.

SAERI continues to grow and develop since its inception. The range of work has extended beyond the South Atlantic to implementing Territory to Territory partnerships in the Caribbean.


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OCTA Innovation Issue 18/ 2017 – Technical Assistance

OCTA Innovation Issue 18/ 2017 – Technical Assistance

We are very happy to confirm that various short-term technical assistances have been approved and are operational with principal tasks to continue the capacity building activities, to further support the OCT governments on the development of their innovation strategies, implementation of the respective action plans and ultimate diversification of their economies.

We are excited with the high intensity of the actions in this period combining different innovation initiatives, innovation studies, innovation workshops, events, trainings and missions. Visit our website for more news, and check our rich and attractive video library at YouTube and photo library on Pinterest.


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OCTA Innovation Issue 17/ 2017 – Good news

OCTA Innovation Issue 17/ 2017 – Good news

We are very happy to be in position to confirm you that our OCTA Innovation project has been extended for two years, namely until end of April 2020. This extension is based on the need to provide additional assistance in the field of implementation of the innovation projects but also to extend technical assistance to continue the capacity building activities to further support the OCT governments on the development of their Innovation Strategies and implementation of the respective action plans that have been developed, as well as to expand activities for exchange of experience and expertise through eLearning, visibility activities and the organisation of events, workshops, conferences at international and regional level to consolidate the initiated support to implementation of innovation actions and strategies at OCT level, and to facilitate regional cooperation and networking.

The latest BRUZZ event on Turks and Caicos Islands was very successful. With Standard and Poor’s Credit rating for TCI at BBB+, and an annual economic projected growth of 4.3%, the government has embraced innovation as a way forward. This creates exciting pro-business investment opportunities. You may watch our photos of the event .


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OCTA Innovation Issue 16/ 2017 – BRUZZ TCI

OCTA Innovation Issue 16/ 2017 – BRUZZ TCI

Honourable Premier Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson with her team, including Ms. Tracy Knight Turks and Caicos Islands EU representative based in London, addressed Brussels audience in Brussels Press Club last Thursday 13th of July. Turks and Caicos Islands is an innovating island, with an economy based on tourism and investments, but also committed to renewable energies initiatives.

President of OCTA Executive Committee Mrs. Carol Voges gave visibility to the Association of Overseas Countries and Territories. BRUZZ was honoured not only having the most reputable persons from OCTs but enjoyed presence of the European Commission having welcome by Mr. Denis Salord, EC Development and Cooperation Head of Unit for the Overseas Countries and Territories of the European Union.

OCTA Innovation Brussels BRUZZ events rise the visibility of OCTs both directly to Brussels audience but also to the world wide audience due to the high press coverage and high OCTA Innovation visibility. Audience including journalists, TV reporters and different experts and stakeholders enjoyed discovering TCI uniqueness and various opportunities. We are proud with the success of the latest BRUZZ event on Turks and Caicos Islands. This BRUZZ event has helped strengthening the links between the OCTs and the European Union.


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OCTA Innovation Issue 15 / 2017 –  Actualités

OCTA Innovation Issue 15 / 2017 – Actualités

OCTA Innovation Brussels BRUZZ events rise the visibility of OCTs both directly to Brussels audience but also to the world wide audience due to the high press coverage and high OCTA Innovation visibility. Next BRUZZ will be held in Brussels on 13th of July on Turks and Caicos Islands having honourable Premier Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson in Brussels. Free registration here.

OCTA Innovation BIC Awards ceremony was organized in the Azores. Out of the 23 nominations in three categories, 14 BIC Awards were given in total. Since then, OCTs have their own awards ceremonies to use BIC awards for promotion of the innovation in their OCTs.

OCTA Innovation pilot projects are progressing well in their activities and OCTs are sharing results of the good implementation of propelling innovation in their territories.

Furthermore, we have analysed and evaluated needs and opportunities for technical assistance across different business sectors in OCTs. Based on these, short-term technical assistance in the agriculture greenhouse field as well as technical assistance in the field of creative industries have been the most recently approved.

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OCTA Innovation Issue 14 / 2017 –  Pitcairn

OCTA Innovation Issue 14 / 2017 – Pitcairn

We are proud to work with Pitcairn Islands and to propel innovation in this most isolated and most remote inhabited groups of islands in the world. The four islands comprising the group (Pitcairn, Henderson, Oeno and Ducie) are situated approx. 500 km from the easternmost airport of French Polynesia on Mangareva in the Gambier group. The closest land mass is New Zealand positioned 4,500 south west of Pitcairn. Only Pitcairn itself is inhabited, with a total population of less than 100 people.

Pitcairners’ main sources of revenue are sales of handicrafts, curios, honey, stamps and coins to cruise ships or through internet marketing. Fish, fruit and vegetables are also traded with passing ships.

For Pitcairn, innovation is a way to enhance economic growth. Key opportunities for innovation in Pitcairn can be summed up as follows: steadily increasing tourist arrivals will help to boost newly established businesses such as the café, bakery and tourist accommodation; Installation of port infrastructure to welcome cruise ships and renewable energy.

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OCTA Innovation Issue 13 / 2017 –  BRUZZ TCI

OCTA Innovation Issue 13 / 2017 – BRUZZ TCI

Chair of the Overseas Countries and Territories Association, Honourable Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson, Premier and Minister for Investment and Trade of the Turks and Caicos Islands is in cooperation with OCTA Innovation inviting you for a presentation of Turks and Caicos Islands. It is no wonder that the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) are one of the fastest growing and most innovative economies in the Caribbean.

An Overseas Country and Territory of the European Union, TCI is made of up of forty islands, of which eight are inhabited with a combined population of forty thousand. The country has established itself as a leading, high-end luxury tourism destination with five star rated hotels and spas, and world class restaurants.

With Standard and Poor’s Credit rating for TCI at BBB+, and an annual economic projected growth of 4.3%, the government has embraced innovation as a way forward. This creates exciting pro-business investment opportunities. TCI is ready for take-off and is open for business.

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OCTA Innovation Issue 12 / 2017 –  Innovation

OCTA Innovation Issue 12 / 2017 – Innovation

The pilot projects are part of the OCTA support for the implementation of the most promising and innovative ideas, innovative modalities of organization, and implementation of the advanced innovative technologies in the OCTs. The OCTA Innovation pilot projects are immensely important as one of the first actions in the implementation of the OCT innovation strategies. Keeping the innovation momentum, and securing these early steps have been funded by the European Commission.

Five pilot projects are already well progressing in their activities and monthly reports present great collaborative work in propelling innovation in territories. Four more pilot projects have been contracted and kick-offs are ongoing.

Smaller innovation projects (SIP) are currently under development to be contracted in the coming period. We are very proud with the high intensity actions as this period is simultaneously full filled with different innovation initiatives, innovation studies, innovation workshops, events, trainings and missions. Visit our web site for more news, follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.

Milan Jezic von Gesseneck

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OCTA Innovation Issue 11 / 2017 –  2IC Azores

OCTA Innovation Issue 11 / 2017 – 2IC Azores

OCTA Innovation’s International Conference at the Nonagon Science and Technology Park in Ponta Delgada, the Azores, April 11-14 2017, was a resounding success. The gathering of OCT Innovation Managers, the government of the Azores, the European Commission and innovation and creativity experts was extremely promising and fruitful. The event was unique in building synergies between OCTs and the EU’s Outermost Regions.

Similarities between the two in meeting the challenges related to isolated territories were highlighted by Rui Bettencourt, Regional Assistant Secretary of the Presidency for External Relations of the Azores. Opportunities for cooperation were articulated by Chair of OCTA Innovation’s Steering Committee, Janice Panton.

As the Team Leader of OCTA Innovation, I am proud that Innovation Managers decided to draw up a conference declaration clearly showing a firm grip of innovation, creativity and leadership and in this way taking ownership of the very concept of OCTA Innovation. The Declaration calls on Heads of Government of the EU’s Overseas Countries and Territories to take full responsibility for prosperity of OCTs by taking the lead in developing the conditions for implementing Systemic Innovation.

Milan Jezic von Gesseneck
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