16th OCT-EU Forum: read the newsletter.
Honourable Teva Rohfritsch, Vice President of French Polynesia, took over chairmanship of EU Overseas Countries and Territories Association in the name of Edouard Fritch, President of French Polynesia. Congratulation and best of luck to French Polynesia for this highly responsible position and engaging duty.
It will be special engagement and responsibility of Caroline Tang, EU Representative but it will be the continuation of her successful work up to now, and we wish the best of luck in the coming very important period for Overseas Countries and Territories in the post 2020 period.
Premier Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson has demonstrated extraordinary devotion to promotion of Turks and Caicos Islands and Overseas Countries and Territories. Congratulation and thanks for great activities and extraordinary cooperation. We had very appreciated privilege and honour in hosting press club Turks and Caicos Islands BRUZZ in Brussels on 13th of July 2017. Congratulation to Tracy Knight EU Representative of Turks and Caicos Islands for her great work as member of ExCo and EU Representative of the Chairmanship of EU Overseas Countries and Territories Association.
Carol Voges, Representative of Sint Maarten, EU Overseas Territory, a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, has been re-elected as president of the Executive Committee of EU Overseas Countries and Territories Association. The most sincere congratulation to Sint Maarten and to Carol for this re-election which presents the best recognition of the high devotion and high success in moving of EU Overseas Countries and Territories Association ahead in this very important period for its post 2020 future.
Governor Edison Rijna, Governor of Bonaire, EU Overseas Territory, special municipality (officially “public body”) within the country of the Netherlands, presented OCTA Innovation pilot project at the 16th Ministerial meeting of EU Overseas Countries and Territories Association. Pilot project Bonaire Algae Parc’s aim is to increase the level of food production and economic diversification in Bonaire through establishing a sustainable production chain in the field of micro-algae.
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.
The TAF SE4ALL (EC DEVCO) and the Association of Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTA) have organised an international workshop on Marine Energy for Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs).
On the 6th of December 2017, OCT Energy representatives will attend several sessions on:
- Marine renewable Energy: International and EU perspectives
- Examples of marine renewable energy projects
- Lessons learned
The Overseas Countries and Territories of the European Union are scattered around the globe from the poles to the tropics in areas where there is an abundance of natural energy sources such as wind, solar, thermal and marine. This enables the OCTs to position themselves as centres of excellence in the field of sustainable energy.
At this third Summit on 7th of December 2017, the OCT Energy Ministers will be able to actively participate with EU policy makers, the private sector, and other stakeholders in panel discussions on the most appropriate actions to support their transition towards a sustainable energy future.
This Summit is being organised by the Overseas Countries and Territories Association (OCTA).
Opening of the Summit:
- Honourable Goldray Ewing, Minister of Works of the Turks and Caicos Islands, OCTA Chairmanship
- MEP Maurice Ponga, Vice Chair of the EP’s Committee on Development
- MEP Tonino Picula, Chair of the islands subgroup – SEARICA Intergroup
- Mr. Denis Salord, Head of Unit OCT, DG DEVCO, European Commission
Leslie Jaques, Councillor of the Government of Pitcairn and Innovation Manager came to Brussels to meet Milan Jezic von Gesseneck, OCTA Innovation Team leader.
It was a great meeting to catch up on all ongoing activities within the project and to discuss the possible funding options for Pitcairn renewable energy project.
Leslie Jaques and Milan Jezic von Gesseneck also discussed the opportunity given for having Innovation Expert Diploma in order to recognise Leslie’s work and his activities in innovation field as Innovation Manager for Pitcairn.
The Summit of OCT Energy Ministers took place in Brussels on the 16th & 17th of June 2015 in the margins of the EU Sustainable Energy Week. This first-ever Summit of OCT Energy Ministers was the setting for the adoption of an OCT wide Sustainable Energy Roadmap, facilitating the path towards lowering fossil fuel dependency and increasing energy efficiency in OCTs.
The roadmap, developed collaboratively with the energy experts in the OCTs, addresses the key strategies and actions to be implemented, complementing and promoting existing National Strategies on Sustainable Energy in each of the OCTs. With the Roadmap, the OCTs identify priority areas and demonstrate their commitment to show worldwide leadership towards a transition to fossil fuel independence.
Pitcairn as signatory of this Sustainable Energy Roadmap has decided with other OCTs to engage in a common sustainable energy strategy to significantly increase the penetration of reliable and affordable renewable energy and greatly increased energy efficiency and to use the OCT energy network to take advantage of a wealth of experiences and technology know-how from individual OCTs.
The Sustainable Energy Roadmap can be found on this link.