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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Waste Management on St Helena

Waste Management on St Helena

The Environmental Management Division of the Environment & Natural Resources Directorate (ENRD) produced an information leaflet on St Helena’s Waste Management Services in the summer of 2015

Waste Management Services – Information Leaflet

ENRD became responsible for the Solid Waste Management Strategy and all regular operations on 1 April 2015 and is introducing new and improved services on the Island. These will include a public recycling facility, incinerator, hazardous waste disposal point – plus further redevelopment of the Horse Point Landfill Site.

The leaflet outlines the importance of waste management services on a small Island such as St Helena – and its link to goal three of the Island’s Sustainable Development Plan – Effective Management of the Environment. To this effect, communal and individual wheeled bins were recently introduced and distributed throughout the community – proper use of these bins will prevent scavenging by animals and birds and will reduce litter.

Information is also provided on acceptable domestic waste (e.g. paper, cardboard, plastic film, kitchen waste) and unacceptable domestic waste (e.g. vehicle batteries, motor oil, and electrical equipment) – including advice on the safe disposal of these items. There is also information on composting, recycling and news on the Horse Point Landfill Site redevelopment.

Environmental Risk Manager, Mike Durnford, said:

“Effective waste management is crucial anywhere and no more so than on St Helena, to maximise efficient use of landfill space. Providing a safe environment for both public and commercial users of the Horse Point Landfill Site is also of paramount importance.

“Some of the changes and improvements to the waste management service are a direct result of the training and exposure through the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management undertaken earlier in the year.

“I hope the public will enthusiastically engage with the changes being made to minimise waste and promote ‘Reduce, Reuse and Recycle’, which is a significant step in the right direction for St Helena.”

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France : Semaine de l’innovation publique

France : Semaine de l’innovation publique

L’innovation passe aussi par l’Etat qui modernise peu à peu son administration pour la rendre plus proche des citoyens et des entreprises mais aussi plus performante.

 

Cette 2e édition de la Semaine de l’innovation publique, organisée à travers toute la France, mettra à nouveau en lumière tous ces projets et ces actions innovantes développés dans les services publics. Elle se veut un instantané de cette énergie collective qui anime les agents publics innovants.

 

En Polynésie française, la plateforme des téléservices montre que la dématérialisation des démarches est en cours, et contribuera aussi à une meilleure compétitivité. Pour cette occasion, la présidence de la Polynésie française organise une journée d’information le jeudi 15 octobre.

 

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e-Lien: Collaborating on Innovation in New Caledonia

e-Lien: Collaborating on Innovation in New Caledonia

New Caledonian government has stepped up innovation initiatives with launching e-Lien, an electronic collaborative platform hosting a wealth of information on innovation, development and regional strategies. It connects users to share tasks and worksheets, exchange information and engage in forums. Launched recently, it connects knowledge management with the latest communication technologies. Its aim is to increase collaboration, aligning work across the New Caledonian innovation stakeholders maximizing innovation, creativity and efficiency on growing number of projects.

Innovation is at the core of this new initiative. Not only in application, with support from the University of Grenoble, of this hi-tech collaborative technology from Alfresco, but in number of documents, studies, power point presentations on all aspects of government-supported innovation and creativity initatives. Congratulations to OCTA Innovation’s Innovation Manager, Mr Claude Constans and support from Ms Stéphanie Dunoyer. True example of exceptional practice from Pacific, and thank you for showing it to all OCTA Innovation community.

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Le projet « Innovation – croissance durable des Iles » à Wallis-et-Futuna

Le projet « Innovation – croissance durable des Iles » à Wallis-et-Futuna

e projet « Innovation – croissance durable des Iles » est un projet capital pour le développement pour la croissance économique des PTOM. Ce projet a été initié par l’Association des Pays et Territoires d’outre-mer (PTOM) et est financé par l’Union européenne. L’équipe d’OCTA Innovation est chargée de soutenir les PTOM dans la mise en œuvre de l’innovation pour la croissance économique pour ces PTOM.

Madame Carole Manry, Adjointe au Chef de service dans le Service de Coordination des Politiques Publiques et du Développement de l’Administration Supérieures des iles Wallis et Futuna a été désignée en octobre 2014 par les autorités locales pour être responsable de l’innovation pour Wallis-et-Futuna.

La mission du chef du projet d’OCTA Innovation, Milan Jezic von Gesseneck, en mars 2015 a permis d’identifier les secteurs particuliers où la mise en œuvre de l’innovation serait pertinente pour la croissance économique et d’identifier les projets ayant un potentiel en matière d’innovation.

LAN_8886L’importance du projet est bien reconnue par les administrateurs locaux. Un des signes est que Monsieur le Préfet Marcel Renouf, Administrateur des Iles Wallis-et-Futuna, de la Préfecture des iles Wallis et Futuna a présidé la réunion de lancement de projet pour l’innovation et suit activement le développement du projet.

Maintenant que la première étape du projet – analyse des besoins et de l’offre en ce qui concerne l’innovation – est terminée, Wallis-et-Futuna met le cap sur la prochaine étape du projet, à savoir la validation de la stratégie territoriale et du plan d’action.

L’étape suivante dans le projet est le choix d’un projet pilote pouvant bénéficier d’un financement.

Wallis-et-Futuna fait preuve d’une excellente compréhension de la pertinence de l’innovation pour la croissance économique.

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