Commercial air service to St Helena came live

Commercial air service to St Helena came live

Great News  – Sale of tickets for the commercial air service to St Helena came live this Friday

The sale of tickets for the scheduled air service to St Helena went live on Friday. Airlink will operate a weekly service between St Helena and Johannesburg and St Helena and Cape Town, via the stopover at Windhoek International Airport in Namibia. Flights will commence on Saturday, October 14.

Tickets will be available online via the Airlink website at https:/ flyairlink.com/ and through all normal IATA global distribution systems. Read more

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St Helena having successful proving flight

St Helena having successful proving flight

The St Helena government,  has said that a commercial aircraft completed a successful proving flight to the island. The Airlink’s Embraer E190-100IGW departed St Helena Airport on Tuesday afternoon following the main flight from Johannesburg and several flight trials before returning to South Africa.

 The proving flight was for Airlink to demonstrate to the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) operational proficiency in terms of ETOPS (Extended Range Twin Engine Operations) requirements. This is a routine exercise for new air services, and part of the preparations for introducing an air service on a new route.Read more

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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.

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Sustainable Environmental Management in Saint-Helena

Sustainable Environmental Management in Saint-Helena

Saint-Helena pilot project is a part of the complex set of the activities that St Helena is taking towards its sustainability. It is based on the implementation of the management of household and agricultural waste. The project intends to contribute simultaneously to innovative and sustainable waste management as well as to renewable energy generation in the remote island of St. Helena. The action to develop anaerobic digestion as a means to convert biodegradable waste into biogas and renewable energy as agreed by stakeholders will fit with the solid household and agricultural waste management plan and renewable energy agenda adopted by the Government of St Helena. The project is well-integrated into both the Innovation and Sustainable development strategies of the island.

The digester will take biodegradable domestic waste, agricultural waste, sewage and biodegradable medical waste converting it to biogas and digestate and avoiding the need to put it in landfill or the sea. This will support the biosecurity and environmental protection agenda and reduce the need for the importation of fossil fuels and fertilisers. Choice of the process and choice of the location of the plant will be finalised in consultation with local stakeholders as part of an initial feasibility study, and buy in from the wider population in respect of waste segregation will be sought through a media campaign. Regular public meetings will also be held to ensure continuous update of the project progress.

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Declaration

Declaration

The OCTA Innovation International Conference took place in Ponta Delgada, Azores on 11-14 April 2017. It gathered representatives of the Overseas Countries and Territories of the European Union (OCTs), the government of the Azores, the European Commission and innovation experts to look at how innovation is spurring sustainable development in small islands and to develop cooperation and future initiatives.

The pillars and values that are the basis of a society were considered as well as the capacities and needs of all stakeholders to underpin them. The implementation of different types and different levels of innovation have been under consideration. The vision of an economically prosperous and inclusive society should be based on innovation and entire collaboration between public and private actors. Innovation should support all stakeholders in society, in both economic and social fields and is perceived as crucial for tackling the issues of natural resources, climate change and sustainable development. The governments have to ensure enabling conditions for propelling innovation. Innovation Managers of the Overseas Countries and Territories of European Union, active members of OCTA Innovation, assembled in the Azores, commit themselves to feeding these dynamics.

Governments must take the lead in systemic innovation across all sectors; fostering partnerships between public and private entities and knowledge sharing and capacity-building. The ambition is to grow a number of thematic and regional centres of excellence among OCTs with a focus on those sectors where individual OCTs are already leading the way, and to share expertise among the OCTs and with regions.

Innovation Managers: Anguilla, Bren Romney; Aruba, Bianca Peters; Bonaire, Dianne Boelmans; British Virgin Islands, Lizette George; Cayman Islands, Jamaal Anderson; Curaçao, Fiona Curie; Falkland Islands, Michael Betts; French Polynesia, Bran Quinquis; Greenland, Lars Balslev; Montserrat, Angela Estwick; New Caledonia, Jean-Michel Le Saux; Pitcairn, Leslie Jaques; Saba, Menno Van der Velde; St. Barthélemy, Pascal Peuchot; St. Helena, Niall O’Keeffe; St. Pierre-et-Miquelon, Olivier Gaston; St. Eustatius, Roy Hooker; St. Maarten, Jude Houston; Turks and Caicos Islands, Alexa Cooper-Grant; Wallis and Futuna, Carole Manry.

OCTA Innovation Team Leader, Milan Jezic von Gesseneck: innovation@octa-innovation.eu

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OCTA Innovation Issue 32 / 2016 – St Helena, Tourism

OCTA Innovation Issue 32 / 2016 – St Helena, Tourism

 

St Helena is the untouched tourism jewel of the South Atlantic, becoming more accessible thanks to a new airport offering charter and commercial flights. Dr Niall O’ Keeffe, Innovation Manager for St Helena and Chief Executive Officer for Economic Development and Kirsty Joshua, Quality Systems and Information Officer of Enterprise St Helena, came to Brussels on 30th November 2016 for OCTA Innovation’s BRUZZ on St Helena.

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OCTA Innovation Issue 31 / 2016 – St Helena, island of systemic innovation

OCTA Innovation Issue 31 / 2016 – St Helena, island of systemic innovation

 

Dr. Niall O’Keeffe, Chief Executive for Economic Development, Enterprise St Helena and Innovation Manager of St Helena and his assistant, Kirsty Joshua travelled from St Helena to Brussels to be there on the 30th of November 2016 for BRUZZ, OCTA Innovation’s event on Business, Innovation and Creativity. We took this opportunity to make two videos, St. Helena Innovation and St Helena Tourism.

It was great meeting the St Helena team whose mission was focused on deepening relations with EU partners and strengthening innovation links for sustainable growth. Dr Niall O’Keeffe stated that with support from the Association of Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTA) St Helena is to systematically capture the knowledge and information available to the community through various networks and also by working in closer cooperation on the island.

Investment has been put in to support the process where all sectors are represented, all information shared and where ideas are tested, followed through and prioritised for the benefit of the sustainable growth of St Helena’s economy.

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New airport to increase St Helena visitor numbers

New airport to increase St Helena visitor numbers

 

The opening of the new airport puts St Helena within easier reach of tourists from all around the world who will be able to discover its rugged coastlines, rolling hills, peaks, breathtaking views and fascinating history.

Throughout the centuries St Helena’s history has touched world history. Discovered by the Portuguese in 1502, it became a Dutch then a British possession (initially under the East India Company then the Crown). It was a strategically important port of call during the British Empire, until the opening of the Suez Canal and the advent of steamships.

The island’s remote location meant it was used as a place of exile for key prisoners, including some 6 000 Boers, Chief Dinizulu, Bahraini princes and, of course, Napoleon, who died on St Helena. The island also played an important role during the abolition of slavery.

This heritage provides a significant legacy of fortifications, remains, historic buildings, and what has been described as ‘the quintessential Atlantic port’ – Jamestown.

 

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Liz Johnson-Idan – encouraging organic agriculture

Liz Johnson-Idan – encouraging organic agriculture

 

Acting as Deputy Innovation Manager, Liz Johnson-Idan, spoke of the challenges on building sustainable organic agriculture for tourism during an OCTA Innovation workshop in St Maarten.

Local St Helenian cooking reflects the many historical influences of the island: Portuguese, British, Southeast Asian, Malagasy, Chinese and African. Popular traditional dishes are St Helena fishcakes, battered or grilled tuna, grilled wahoo steak, meat or poultry curries and pilau (called plo locally). It is yet another of the island’s unique tourism attractions.

 

 

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Kedell Worboys – flying the flag for the OCTs

Kedell Worboys – flying the flag for the OCTs

 

 

Mrs Kedell Worboys MBE is a member of the Executive Committee of the Overseas Countries and Territories Association (OCTA) and Representative of the Government of St Helena in the United Kingdom. As a former President of the Committee, she played a major role in establishing the OCTA Innovation project as a model of coordinated OCT cooperation.

She demonstrates a deep understanding of the importance of innovation for sustainable growth in the OCTs and the dynamics OCT/EU relationship.

Mrs Worboys has worked assiduously to ensure that all OCTs, especially the smaller ones such as St Helena, are not left out of decision-making processes and that they have access to all funding mechanisms available at EU-level, notably the 11th European Development Fund.

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