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.