OCTA Innovation Newsletter #19-2018 – Sint Eustatius

OCTA Innovation Newsletter #19-2018 – Sint Eustatius

EU, namely European Commission’s Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development is supporting Overseas Countries and Territories in developing and implementing innovation and creativity for islands’ sustainable growth. In that framework, EU is funding pilot innovation project called Statia Blue. Project is basically using the latest technologies to develop sustainable fishery. The idea behind a smartphone app that could transform the Caribbean fishing industry has been launched on the Dutch island of St. Eustatius. When introduced as a test project later this year, the fishing App will link the supply of the local daily catch directly to the demand from the regional market.

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Developing an innovative ecosystem in Sint Eustatius

Developing an innovative ecosystem in Sint Eustatius

To develop an innovative ecosystem on Statia, Sint Eustatius Foundation (SEF) wishes to develop a center for competency. According to its director, “there are a thousand ways by which we can put our imagination to work on this island. As individuals and a community on Statia, we must leave our fears and explore the excitement of a “can-do” mentality. By working in small groups behind the scenes and cooperating through the human and Internet web, we can reprogram our collective desires. These are the core competencies the island needs“.

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Using innovation and using apps to define rat ecology in Sint Eustatius

Using innovation and using apps to define rat ecology in Sint Eustatius

Eastern Caribbean Public Health Foundation has teamed up with the company VectorAnalytica to control rat populations and provide disease surveillance of rat borne diseases. Rat ecology can be very complex and managing data can become an issue. With the use of innovation, surveys are being conducted using apps to define rat ecology, see what pathogens they are potentially carrying and ultimately reducing populations and the threat of disease. Funding for this project is by the Nature Funds, Ministry of Economic Funds, NL.

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Statia Blue a smartphone app towards a more equitable and sustainable fishing industry

Statia Blue a smartphone app towards a more equitable and sustainable fishing industry

Currently EU is funding pilot innovation project called Statia Blue. Project is basically using the latest technologies to develop sustainable fishery. The idea behind a smartphone app that could transform the Caribbean fishing industry has been launched on the Dutch island of St. Eustatius. When introduced as a test project later this year, the fishing App will link the supply of the local daily catch directly to the demand from the regional market. Dr. Teresa Leslie, Director of the St Eustatius Foundation who is managing EU funded innovation pilot project on the island comments: “Every fishermen on St. Eustatius has already agreed to use this technology. What is amazing is how the older the fishermen, the keener they are to use the technology. By owning the market process instead of being owned by the market, our fishermen in the region will ensure a more equitable and sustainable fishing industry.

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Meeting the local fishermen and discussing the development of the StatiaBlue fishing app

Meeting the local fishermen and discussing the development of the StatiaBlue fishing app

StatiaBlue is an EU funded innovation pilot project in Sint Eustatius, where the beneficiary and cofounder is St Eustatius Fundation (SEF). Statia has suffered from the effects of two hurricanes during the project execution, but the project team headed by Dr. Teresa Leslie (SEF) is doing its best to catch the time and to deliver project on time. Milan Jezic von Gesseneck (OCTA Innovation) and John Sandiford (Antonio Media) talk to local fisherman Reynaldo Redan about the issues related to development of the StatiaBlue fishing app.

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Meetings with the Director of the Chamber of Commerce Sint Eustatius

Meetings with the Director of the Chamber of Commerce Sint Eustatius

Chamber of Commerce Sint Eustatius is one of the key Innovation stakeholders on the island. Milan Jezic von Gesseneck, OCTA Innovation Team Leader visited Sint Eustatius from May 28-30, 2018. That was opportunity for having several meetings with the Director of the Chamber of Commerce Sint Eustatius Ms. Petronila Lara Reyes.

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OCTA Innovation Newsletter #17-2018 – Statia mission

OCTA Innovation Newsletter #17-2018 – Statia mission

During my mission in Statia, several opportunities and relevant features were recognised, including genuine and authentic culture and heritage, diving, tranquillity and security, tourism and music, especially gospel.
Definitely tourism agglomeration and particular niches of tourism such as diving, ecotourism and scientific tourism are of the highest potential for building sustainable economy for prosperous and inclusive society.

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Meeting Deputy Government Commissioner Mr. Mervyn Stegers in Statia

Meeting Deputy Government Commissioner Mr. Mervyn Stegers in Statia

Meeting on 28 May 2018 with the Deputy Government Commissioner Mr. Mervyn Stegers and Innovation Manager Anthony Reid was about the support for innovation in entrepreneurship for OCTs stakeholders.

Other issues discussed:

  • Education and competence-building;
  • The company PUM Netherlands senior experts which is a volunteer organisation committed to the sustainable development of small and medium-size enterprises in developing countries and emerging markets
  • Greenhouses: already initial projects developed in schools
  • Agriculture: Statia could eventually use cooperation for salt potatoes growing.
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