OCTA Innovation Technical Assistance in the Creative Industry in TCI

OCTA Innovation Technical Assistance in the Creative Industry in TCI

Sectoral Study of the Creative Industries and Innovation in the Turks and Caicos Islands

OCTA Innovation in collaboration with the Department of Culture, on June 4th – 5th, hosted information gathering sessions with key stakeholders and entrepreneurs within the creative industry sector in the TCI. The sessions were steered by Mr. Jacques Grysole, visiting Consultant of OCTA Innovation and President, Expansion Strategies Inc. a Canadian based company.

The aim of the mission was to conduct a sectoral study on Creative Industries and innovation in the Turks and Caicos Islands which included:

  • Scoping and mapping on status and opportunities in the creative industry.
  • Identifying innovative actions which could be implemented in short and medium term to create jobs, to enhance the SME development and to diversify the economy.
  • Pulling out the actors and making synergy of different media and cooperation between content users and content producers.

Topics discussed were:

  • short profile of the industries sectors
  • strengths and weaknesses,
  • innovation opportunities and constraints
  • strategic orientations and
  • proposed action plan.

OCTA Innovation a dedicated project initiated by the Overseas Countries Territories, since implementation the TCI has benefited from various technical assistance support in addition to this TA support to the Department of Culture as steps are taken towards the formalization and recognition of the creative industry sector in the TCI.

Innovation Manager for TCI and VP SME Development, Invest Turks and Caicos, Ms. Alexa Cooper commented “Being able to secure the Technical Assistance through OCTA Innovation for the Department of Culture was extremely important. It is the first step in helping to identify the current state of the industry, the number of persons involved, the opportunities that exist and charting a way forward for improvements to and further development of the sectors. There are a lot of very creative and talented young minds in the TCI, providing an enabling environment that hone their skills and fosters entrepreneurship can be the catalyst to sustainable growth of another industry in the TCI.” 

Attending Day one session were Hon. Karen Malcolm, Minister for Education, Youth, Culture and Library Services, Permanent Secretary Mr. Wesley Clerveaux, Director of Culture Ms. Ludwina Fulford, Director National Trust Ms. Ethyln Gibbs-Williams, Museum Representative, Mrs. Candianne Williams and Mr. David Bowen, former Director of Culture. Day Two session accommodated the entrepreneurs within the various industry sectors. Participants were Crystal “Tess” Charles, Daphne Forbes, Delphine Scott, Emily Malcolm, Jean Taylor, Esher Parker, Hezron Henry, Andy Williams (DJ Shakes) and David Bowen along with the Department of Culture Director and staff.

Commenting on the session Hon. Karen Malcolm stated “I am extremely pleased that we were able to partner with OCTA Innovation to meet with and discuss things to move the Creative Industry along.  The discussions have been very robust and have brought a number of challenges being faced to light but we were also able to come up with several solutions that will help to put our artisan community in a much better standing.  We recognize that for some time now, not enough attention has been placed on this industry. However, we are renewing our commitment to providing the necessary support by way of the Department of Culture and other such stakeholders. “

The creative industry covers sectors such as; Heritage, Museums, Theatres, Music, Fashion, Design, Film, television and radio, Interactive digital media (IDM), Books, Print Media, Digital Publishing and Literature, Advertising, Culinary, Local and Traditional Crafts, Festivals.



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Creative industry in Turks and Caicos

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Video from the OCTA Innovation BRUZZ on Turks and Caicos Islands on 13th of July 2017

On the 13th July 2017 at the Brussels Press Club, The Chair of the Overseas Countries and Territories Association, Honourable Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson, Premier and Minister for Investment and Trade of the Turks and Caicos Islands, gave a presentation on ‘Innovation, Tourism and Investment in the Turks and Caicos Islands’.
Remarks were also made by Mr. Denis Salord, Head of Unit, Relations with the OCTs, DG Devco, on behalf of the European Commission and Carol Voges on behalf of OCTA and Milan Jezic von Gesseneck Team Leader of OCTA Innovation.
Premier Robinson responded to questions posed by members of the media and potential investors.

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OCTA Innovation Issue 16/ 2017 – BRUZZ TCI

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Honourable Premier Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson with her team, including Ms. Tracy Knight Turks and Caicos Islands EU representative based in London, addressed Brussels audience in Brussels Press Club last Thursday 13th of July. Turks and Caicos Islands is an innovating island, with an economy based on tourism and investments, but also committed to renewable energies initiatives.

President of OCTA Executive Committee Mrs. Carol Voges gave visibility to the Association of Overseas Countries and Territories. BRUZZ was honoured not only having the most reputable persons from OCTs but enjoyed presence of the European Commission having welcome by Mr. Denis Salord, EC Development and Cooperation Head of Unit for the Overseas Countries and Territories of the European Union.

OCTA Innovation Brussels BRUZZ events rise the visibility of OCTs both directly to Brussels audience but also to the world wide audience due to the high press coverage and high OCTA Innovation visibility. Audience including journalists, TV reporters and different experts and stakeholders enjoyed discovering TCI uniqueness and various opportunities. We are proud with the success of the latest BRUZZ event on Turks and Caicos Islands. This BRUZZ event has helped strengthening the links between the OCTs and the European Union.

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TCI’s Premier in Brussels

Chair of the Overseas Countries and Territories Association, Honourable Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson, Premier and Minister for Investment and Trade of the Turks and Caicos Islands has in cooperation with OCTA Innovation invited the Brussels audience for a direct talk in Brussels Press Club.

After a brief presentation of the Turks and Caicos Islands, Premier Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson gave an overview of the major opportunity sector in this OCT, being Tourism and Investment but also of the other opportunities in the financial services, infrastructure and agriculture sectors.

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Mr. Salord particularly highlighted the importance of the regional dimension, and as such of the cooperation among OCTs and among OCTs and their neighbouring countries.

Please find below Mr. Salord’s introductory speech at the OCTA Innovation Brussels BRUZZ on Turks and Caicos Islands:

Your Excellency honourable Premier Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson,

Distinguished Guests,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is my pleasure to address you today in Brussels for this OCTA Innovation Brussels BRUZZ event focusing on Turks and Caicos.

We are particularly honoured to have with us today Honourable Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson, Premier of Turks and Caicos, Minister for Trade and Investment of the TCI and chairman of the Overseas Countries and territories Association (OCTA).

As you know, the Association between the 25 OCTs and the EU is of strategic importance for the EU. The European Commission places a particular importance in the work of the OCT Association (OCTA) and is committed to continue working very closely with OCTA to reinforce the partnership between the EU and the OCTs. In this context, as the head of unit responsible for the relations with OCTs in the Directorate General for International Cooperation and Development (DG DEVCO), I am particularly pleased with the ongoing collaboration between the European Commission and the chairmanship of OCTA held by honourable Premier Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson.

The Overseas Association Decision of 2013 which governs the OCT-EU relations, reflects a paradigm shift, from a focus on poverty reduction to a reciprocal relation focused on cooperation on mutual interests, and places special emphasis on priorities which are relevant for the OCTs, such as the enhancement of their competitiveness, the strengthening of their resilience, reduction of their vulnerability, and promotion of the cooperation between OCTs and their regional, European and international partners.

In this context, innovation is a central lever to ensure sustainable economic growth in OCTs and the enhancement of their competitiveness. Innovation is at the heart of the EU action in the area of sustainable growth and competitiveness and is seen as a top priority by the EU institutions and the Member States.

In OCTs, the Territorial Strategies for Innovation (TSI) programme also known as “OCTA Innovation” programme is the thematic programme funded by the 10th European Development Fund and covering all OCTs. It embodies the prominence of innovation in the context of the OCT-EU Association.

The overall objective of TSI is to enhance the sustainable development of OCTs through innovative solutions for economic diversification and to improve the regional and global competitiveness of the OCTs. The project provides technical capacity and demand-driven services to the OCT governments in developing their Territorial Strategies for Innovation. To date 9 territorial Strategies for Innovation projects have been initiated in the same number of OCTs.

Today’s OCTA Innovation event is dedicated to the Turks and Caicos. The 11th European Development Fund territorial programme for TCI was signed by Commissioner Mimica and Honourable Premier Cartwright-Robinson at the beginning of 2017 during the 15th OCT-EU Forum alongside four other EDF-OCT territorial programming documents. The programme, amounting for a total of EUR 14.6 million, is focusing on primary and secondary education providing support to TCI ambitious education sector policy. Madame Premier will probably tell us more about this programme.

I am also sure that TCI will be able to share its experience in the area of innovation having focused its 10th EDF multi-annual programme on improving the enabling environment for private sector development as part of the EU general support to the development policy of the OCT.

I look forward to our discussions today, and to strengthening our association going forward. I am sure they will contribute to making our partnership even more effective.


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