Innovation Office established in White House

Innovation Office established in White House

President Donald Trump has created Office of American Innovation in White house. Office headed up by his son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner. Read more & more

Evident similarity to our long term practice of having Innovation Council/Innovation Board headed by Innovation Director/Innovation Manager, supporting the Head of the government in the Overseas Countries and Territories of the European Union.

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La compréhension et la reconnaissance de l’innovation par la Nouvelle-Calédonie

La compréhension et la reconnaissance de l’innovation par la Nouvelle-Calédonie

Message de Milan Jezic von Gesseneck, Directeur du projet OCTA Innovation pour la Cérémonie de remise des prix EIC (Entreprise, Innovation, Créativité) en Nouvelle-Calédonie

J’ai l’honneur et le privilège de témoigner de l’engagement, du positionnement, et de la compréhension à propos de l’innovation de la Nouvelle-Calédonie au sein d’OCTA Innovation. La Nouvelle-Calédonie est sans conteste un des leaders dans tous les PTOM dans les capacités scientifiques, technologiques et de recherche. En même temps, il est primordial de reconnaitre que la Nouvelle-Calédonie est un des premiers PTOM à comprendre l’importance de l’innovation pour l’économie, tout particulièrement grâce à la compréhension du gouvernement dirigé par Président Philippe Germain. Ces deux aspects, combinés avec les richesses du pays et avec les richesses provenant de la créativité du peuple, donnent à la Nouvelle-Calédonie une place spéciale.

L’objectif principal d’OCTA Innovation est de soutenir les PTOM, les Directeurs de l’Innovation et les parties prenantes dans le développement des stratégies d’innovation pour leurs îles. Nous nous réjouissons que cette étape ait été couronnée de succès et j’aimerais remercier chaleureusement féliciter l’ensemble des directeurs de l’innovation et des acteurs de l’innovation pour leur dévouement et leur travail assidu, notamment Claude Constans, André Boudart, Pierre Labrosse, et enfin maintenant Jean-Michel Le Saux. J’aimerais utiliser cette opportunité pour remercier particulièrement Jean-Michel Le Saux pour sa participation active dans la Conférence internationale aux Açores, et notamment son appropriation du concept d’innovation systémique, caractérisé par un écosystème bien établi. Nous apprécions également son réel travail de mise en valeur des projets calédoniens lors de la nomination pour les prix EIC (Entreprise Innovation Créativité).

Chaque PTOM a conduit le processus d’élaboration de la stratégie d’innovation en intégrant et en impliquant toutes les parties prenantes, afin de recevoir leurs contributions et de parvenir à un consensus commun. Dans le cas de la Nouvelle-Calédonie, les consultations avec les acteurs de l’innovation ont même impliqué les représentants de 145 organisations, ce qui a donné 190 propositions de stratégie d’innovation ! Là aussi la Nouvelle-Calédonie a pris le lead parmi les autres PTOM. Le moindre domaine de l’innovation a été couvert, et nous sommes fiers de pouvoir annoncer que les stratégies reçues comprennent l’ensemble des aspects de l’innovation, de l’aspect entrepreneurial à l’aspect technologique, du renforcement des capacités à l’efficacité des ressources, de l’agriculture à l’énergie, des start-ups et pépinières d’entreprises. Ce dialogue continu, ainsi que cette mobilisation des acteurs de l’innovation menés par les Directeurs de l’innovation, se poursuivent et demeurent les fondements d’OCTA Innovation.

Les stratégies d’innovation sont passées à la phase de mise en œuvre. La Commission européenne encourage fortement et soutient le maintien de cette dynamique des stratégies d’innovation et la garantie de ces premières étapes. OCT Association a obtenu le soutien financier de l’Union Européenne par un montant d’1.5 million d’euros pour la réalisation des projets pilotes d’OCTA Innovation. La Nouvelle-Calédonie a reçu une subvention de la Commission Européenne pour son projet pilote «Recettes Bénéfiques : vers une autosuffisance alimentaire en milieu durable et insulaire ».

L’innovation est le moteur de la croissance économique durable et nous sommes fiers que les directeurs de l’innovation et que l’ensemble des acteurs de l’innovation des PTOM soient au fait des besoins de leurs îles et soient prêts à faire avancer l’innovation.

Le gouvernement de la Nouvelle-Calédonie est encore un territoire exemplaire parmi les autres PTOM en faisant de l’innovation un levier du développement économique et social, à travers des politiques publiques spécifiques. C’est dans cet objectif qu’il a adopté sa Stratégie territoriale à l’Innovation. Nous apprécions fortement la position du gouvernement de la Nouvelle-Calédonie, et de son président Philippe Germain qui a déclaré : « La mise en place d’une stratégie pour l’innovation revêt pour le pays une importance toute particulière, car elle s’inscrit dans un ensemble de réformes visant à transformer en profondeur notre modèle économique. Dans un contexte économique international difficile, aggravé par la crise du nickel, nous devons trouver de nouveaux relais de croissance afin de créer de la richesse et des emplois durables et tendre vers une véritable souveraineté économique ».

Nous tenons à féliciter la Nouvelle-Calédonie et surtout le Président Germain pour les quatre objectifs stratégiques. Si l’innovation se définit comme « l’application de solutions améliorées qui répondent à de nouvelles exigences, à des besoins non formulés ou à des besoins existants sur le marché », la Nouvelle-Calédonie a décidé d’adapter cette définition à son contexte spécifique, à travers trois ambitions fondamentales : accroître la compétitivité des entreprises et du pays, favoriser notre insertion régionale et contribuer au développement durable. Quatre grands objectifs ont ainsi été définis : créer un environnement favorable à l’innovation, la soutenir financièrement, diffuser la culture de l’innovation et mettre le facteur humain au cœur de l’innovation. Ils sont déclinés en treize objectifs opérationnels, eux-mêmes intégrés à un plan d’actions dont la mise en œuvre peut relever des différentes institutions (provinces et/ou gouvernement) ou de la société civile. Des indicateurs de résultats et d’impact ont été identifiés pour chaque action.

Nous tenons à adresser nos félicitations à tous : Monsieur Philippe Germain, Président et le Gouvernement qui dynamise l’innovation systémique, Monsieur Jean-Michel Le Saux, Directeur de l’Innovation et le Comité consultatif qui mettent en place l’innovation systémique, toutes les parties prenantes de la vie économique et sociale de la Nouvelle-Calédonie et particulièrement aux gagnants des prix EIC (Entreprise, Innovation, Créativité) de l’Association des Pays et Territoires d’Outre-mer et de la Commission Européenne.

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OCTA Innovation Issue 30 / 2016 – St Helena in Brussels

OCTA Innovation Issue 30 / 2016 – St Helena in Brussels

 

We are proud and honoured to bring to an audience in Brussels the highest-level representatives from St Helena to outline opportunities for propelling innovation for development of this remote island. The Island of St Helena is one of the most isolated places on Earth. For centuries, this isolation has been driving the need for sustainable living, self-sufficiency and innovative solutions. To live and to operate business in this environment requires significant energy, knowledge, innovation and creativity.

Innovation comes in many forms on St Helena. In waste management, renewable energy – including an EU-funded bio-digester plant – community driven creativity, biodiversity, marine protection, transport improvements and tourism opportunities.

The high-level speakers scheduled at BRUZZ St Helena are: Lisa Phillips, Governor of St Helena; Roy Burke; ;Chief Secretary of St Helena; Robert Midwinter, Director of Enterprise, St Helena; Kedell Worbys MBE, St; Helena’s Representative to the UK; Janice Panton MBE, Head of OCTA’s Executive Committee and Montserrat’s Representative to the UK; Jean-Paul Joulia, Head of Unit, DG Devco, European Commission and Niall O’ Keeffe, Innovation Manager for St Helena.

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OCTA Innovation Issue 29 / 2016 – Cayman Islands

OCTA Innovation Issue 29 / 2016 – Cayman Islands

 

As International Affairs Analyst at the Cayman Islands Cabinet Office and Cayman Innovation Manager, I am glad to host the OCTA Innovation mission to the Islands starting on the 21st of November. One of the goals of this mission is to exchange information with government decision-makers, and key public and private stakeholders on opportunities for innovation and the best practices on the three islands: Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman. The visit will raise awareness about opportunities to implement innovation across all sectors for economic growth of the Cayman Islands and the prosperity of society.

Areas for innovation in the Caymans already identified by the Government include the increased use of renewable energy and a national recycling programme. There are plans to make Little Cayman the first carbon neutral island in the Caribbean with an internationally recognised green destination certification.

During his Mission, Milan Jezic von Gesseneck will also meet with the members of the Cayman Islands’ Chamber of Commerce and the Department of the Environment, where the focus will be on the green and blue economies. A workshop on innovation is foreseen during the Mission that will engage key stakeholders on innovation and creativity. Systemic innovation and OCTA Innovation’s role in propelling innovation in the OCTs are also on the agenda.

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OCTA Innovation Issue 28 / 2016 – Turks and Caicos Islands

OCTA Innovation Issue 28 / 2016 – Turks and Caicos Islands

 

The first mission to the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) by OCTA Innovation Team Leader, Milan Jezic Von Gesseneck, October 24th-28th 2016, included a first high-level meeting with Hon. Rufus Ewing, Premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands. One of the main topics discussed was the importance of promoting and implementing innovation in the islands in a systemic manner across sectors. It was agreed that innovation-driving policies need to be developed in the islands.

The focus of a meeting with the Minister of Finance, Hon. C. Washington Missick was the development of green business and an incubator for TCI. Opportunities for innovation in the tourism sector, TCI’s prime income earner, were also discussed. Some priorities in the sector: the refurbishing of resorts; regulating the AirBnb market via certification and promoting the TCI as a safe destination. Other matters such as e-governance, the Micro, Small, Medium Enterprise programme, establishing smart regulation, standardization and certification were also discussed.

Meetings with a good cross-section of public and private stakeholders were also held during the week, giving a good understanding of the country’s path and highlighting the needs that exist and ways in which innovation can be implemented and propelled within the various business sectors.

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OCTA Innovation Issue 27 / 2016 – Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon

OCTA Innovation Issue 27 / 2016 – Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon

 

We are very happy that we may announce that one of the OCTA Innovation pilot projects has been awarded to Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon. The contract has been signed by Mrs Janice Panton MBE, President of OCTA Executive Committee and endorsed by Mr Jean-Paul Joulia, European Commission, DG for Cooperation and Development today.

Pilot projects are part of the OCTA Innovation support for the implementation of the most promising and innovative ideas, innovative modalities of organization, and implementation of the advanced innovative technologies in OCTs.

The OCTA Innovation pilot projects are immensely important first actions in the implementation of OCT innovation strategies. Keeping the innovation momentum, and securing these early steps have been highly encouraged and supported from the European Commission.

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OCTA Innovation Issue 26 / 2016 – Turks and Caicos Islands

OCTA Innovation Issue 26 / 2016 – Turks and Caicos Islands

 

Tracy Knight is the Head of Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) London Office having been re-appointed to the role in October 2015. Tracy, a lawyer by profession, was originally employed by the Turks and Caicos Islands Government in 2004 to establish the first Turks and Caicos Islands Government and Tourism Office in the UK and headed the office from 2004 until 2011. From 2011 to September 2015 Tracy worked for the Turks and Caicos Islands Tourist Board as their European Marketing Executive.

As the TCI Representative to the UK and European Union Tracy represents the TCI Government at meetings of EU Association of the Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTA). The Turks and Caicos Islands Government are also currently Vice Chair of OCTA.

Since taking up the role of Head of the TCI London Office Tracy has worked closely with TCI stakeholders on strengthening bilateral relations between TCI Government and the UK Government and the TCI Government and the European Commission.

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Dr Rufus Ewing: Call for innovation

Dr Rufus Ewing: Call for innovation

 

In a speech this summer, the Premier of Turks and Caicos Islands, Dr Rufus Ewing called for the OCTs to be more innovative; implementing new technologies and co-financing projects.

He called for the OCTs to be economically competitive by ensuring that they are economically resilient although their economic resilience is often challenged by external factors. He underlined importance of cooperation and regular meetings between the OCTs to discuss how they could cultivate their interdependencies to their advantage in terms of food security, the environment; being more innovative; implementing new technologies and various financial matters affecting them in relation to the G20 countries and the International Community.

Innovation work at Turks and Caicos Islands is coordinated by Innovation Manager, Alexa Cooper Grant.

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Government commitment and the NGO

Government commitment and the NGO

 

Governments have a key role in and responsibility for development of demand side and business environment for the Green economy, sustainable growth and prosperous society.

However often overlooked, non-government organisations (NGOs) and non-profit organisation (NPOs) are important enterprises in the landscape for environmental and eco-innovation. Within the OCTs a large number of important people groups were identified as important government partners in creating environmental concern, and for championing recycling and garbage repurposing drives, household gardening, environmental management and tourism, that is, a plethora of activities which improve countries’ sustainability outlook. As enterprises themselves, they often need guidance of a specific kind, usually in strategic planning, project and proposal development for accessing funds and even in developing for profit activities to support periodic shortfalls in government subventions.

Sustainability development for innovation supportive NGOs/NPOs will be an important part the way forward for OCTs. There will be a special focus upon their relationship with the Government.

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Sharing for innovation in environmental risk mitigation

Sharing for innovation in environmental risk mitigation

 

Some kinds of Innovation can be expensive for small enterprises in smaller territories. The large projects under Bo Aruba and Sint Eustatius the solar park project are evidence of the scale of meaningful work that smaller enterprises cannot undertake but can benefit from. Cost factors are perhaps the most important single barrier to technology transfer to smaller enterprises. While the bulk of the literature on seems to focus upon access to finance within the OCTs there have been isolated but very valuable cases of innovation support and transfer without the need for significant cash outlay from the government or smaller enterprises. One of the important characteristics of climate change, particularly in small island tourist-based territories, is that they affect both large and small enterprises at the same time.

When large enterprise address environmental risks, they simultaneously addresses the problems faced by smaller ones. In several cases, the benefits can be passed on as part of corporate social responsibility or at a marginal cost to smaller enterprises. The CuisinArt Golf Resort and Spa in Anguilla is one example of this, where it provided water to residents during a drought in that territory. The Cooper Island Beach Resort is another such example where it engages community and tourist involvement in waste management and food production.

Going forward, the OCTs must explore of the symbiotic relationships that can be formed between large enterprises and smaller ones in the area of innovation for environmental risk mitigation. Co-operatives and similar associative structures are another method of reducing the cost of innovation per user. Co-operatives are democratically organised, member-based business structures founded upon the principle of sharing. Co-operatives can amass sums of money from their members to acquire technologies that can be communally used, operated and maintained. Co-operative structures exist within the agricultural sectors of several of the OCTs but several countries noted that there is a need for strengthening the movement and for refocusing them upon environmental risk mitigation, obtaining common technologies and for diffusing knowledge on best practice within specific sectors. These will be explored for agriculture and fisheries among the OCTs.

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