Livre bleu: le référendum en Nouvelle-Calédonie

Livre bleu: le référendum en Nouvelle-Calédonie

Lors de son intervention jeudi 28 juin à l’Elysée à l’occasion de la présentation du Livre Bleu, Emmanuel Macron le chef de l’Etat a répété ce qu’il avait dèjà dit lors de son déplacement en Nouvelle-Calédonie début mai “La France serait moins grande et moins belle sans la Nouvelle-Calédonie”.

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OCTA Innovation Issue 30 / 2016 – St Helena in Brussels

OCTA Innovation Issue 30 / 2016 – St Helena in Brussels

 

We are proud and honoured to bring to an audience in Brussels the highest-level representatives from St Helena to outline opportunities for propelling innovation for development of this remote island. The Island of St Helena is one of the most isolated places on Earth. For centuries, this isolation has been driving the need for sustainable living, self-sufficiency and innovative solutions. To live and to operate business in this environment requires significant energy, knowledge, innovation and creativity.

Innovation comes in many forms on St Helena. In waste management, renewable energy – including an EU-funded bio-digester plant – community driven creativity, biodiversity, marine protection, transport improvements and tourism opportunities.

The high-level speakers scheduled at BRUZZ St Helena are: Lisa Phillips, Governor of St Helena; Roy Burke; ;Chief Secretary of St Helena; Robert Midwinter, Director of Enterprise, St Helena; Kedell Worbys MBE, St; Helena’s Representative to the UK; Janice Panton MBE, Head of OCTA’s Executive Committee and Montserrat’s Representative to the UK; Jean-Paul Joulia, Head of Unit, DG Devco, European Commission and Niall O’ Keeffe, Innovation Manager for St Helena.

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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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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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Pilot Projects – a major leap for Innovation

Pilot Projects – a major leap for Innovation

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. For OCTA Innovation pilot projects to be realized, OCT Association secured financial backing of 1.5 million euro from the European Union. Bidding and application process and Guidelines were developed in accordance with the EU Procedures and practical guide (PRAG) for procurement. Following our Guidelines, last week we received pilot project proposals.

Innovation pervades in nearly all economic and social areas, and this is exceptionally well illustrated in wide scope of proposals for OCTA Innovation Pilot Projects. No area of innovation has been missed. From technology (energy, waste, transport), over business (entrepreneurship, incubators) and capacity building, to social (education, training, and securing employment and stay on the islands).

With many exceptional proposals, several innovative concepts are shining through already. Like comprehensive innovation horizon for French Polynesia. This proposal effectively combines patents with existing practices, entrepreneurship with social innovation, and we see in this proposal some of the best example of applied innovation.

Also, Saint-Barthélemy proposal on technical solutions such as renewable energy, or New Caledonia on global issues such as food security and health, show the true depth of understanding and experiences of Innovation Managers and key Innovation Stakeholders in developing Pilot Project proposals.

Pilot Project proposals are very much in line with the best practices of the European Union, that the European Parliament is requesting from the European Commission for these innovative approaches to be implemented in the EU. Such as in agriculture where an OCT pilot projects proposal is at the top of EU innovation.

Innovation is the engine of practical change and sustainable economic growth, and we are proud that OCTA Innovation’s Innovation Managers and all OCT innovation stakeholders are fully attuned to the needs of their islands and are ready to bring great understanding and best practices of innovation forward. Well done everybody.

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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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