Déclaration des Directeurs de l’Innovation

Déclaration des Directeurs de l’Innovation

Déclaration

La conférence internationale de l’innovation, organisée par OCTA Innovation, s’est déroulée à Ponta Delgada aux Açores du 11 au 14 avril 2017. Elle a rassemblé des représentants de Pays et Territoires d’Outre-mer (PTOM) de l’Union européenne, le gouvernement açorien, la Commission européenne et des experts en innovation, afin d’étudier la manière dont l’innovation favorise le développement durable dans les petites îles ainsi que de mettre en place une certaine coopération et de créer un terrain propice à de futures initiatives.

Les piliers et valeurs à la base d’une société ont été examinés, tout comme les capacités et les besoins de toutes les parties prenantes pour les étayer. La mise en œuvre de divers types et niveaux d’innovation a été envisagée. La vision d’une société prospère et inclusive sur le plan économique doit reposer sur l’innovation et une collaboration totale entre les acteurs publics et privés. L’innovation doit soutenir toutes les parties prenantes dans la société, tant dans le domaine économique que social. De plus, son rôle s’avère essentiel pour lutter contre les problèmes liés à la raréfaction des ressources naturelles, au changement climatique et au développement durable. Les gouvernements doivent garantir de bonnes conditions pour promouvoir l’innovation. Les responsables de l’innovation des Pays et Territoires d’Outre-mer de l’Union européenne, membres actifs d’OCTA Innovation réunis aux Açores, s’engagent à entretenir ces dynamiques.

Les gouvernements doivent prendre les devants en ce qui concerne l’innovation systémique dans tous les secteurs, en encourageant la création de partenariats entre des entités publiques et privées, ainsi qu’en promouvant le partage des connaissances et le renforcement des capacités. L’objectif est de mettre en place plusieurs centres d’excellence régionaux thématiques dans les PTOM, en particulier pour les secteurs où certains PTOM ouvrent déjà la voie, et d’assurer un partage de l’expertise entre les PTOM et avec les différentes régions.

Directeurs de l’Innovation: Anguilla, Bren Romney; Aruba, Bianca Peters; Bonaire, Dianne Boelmans; Curaçao, Fiona Curie; Groenland, Lars Balslev;  Iles Cayman, Jamaal Anderson; Iles Malouines, Michael Betts; Iles Turques et Caiques, Alexa Cooper-Grant; Iles Vierges Britanniques, Lizette George; Montserrat, Angela Estwick; Nouvelle Calédonie, Jean-Michel Le Saux; Polynésie française, Bran Quinquis; Pitcairn, Leslie Jaques; Saba, Menno Van der Velde; St. Barthélemy, Pascal Peuchot; St. Hélène, Niall O’Keeffe; St. Pierre-et-Miquelon, Olivier Gaston; St. Eustatius, Roy Hooker; St. Maarten, Jude Houston;  Wallis et Futuna, Carole Manry.

Chef de projet d’OCTA Innovation, Milan Jezic von Gesseneck: innovation@octa-innovation.eu

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QualityCoast Awards for Statia and Bonaire

QualityCoast Awards for Statia and Bonaire

 

During his visit, the Dutch Minister of Economic Affairs Mr. Henk Kamp presented Quality Coast Awards to the Dutch Caribbean islands of Bonaire and Statia in recognition of their efforts towards sustainable tourism policy and quality.

On the 30th of August, Minister Kamp presented a Bronze QualityCoast flag and certificate to Statia’ Island Commissioner Derrick Simmons and Chairperson of the Green Destinations Committee Maya Leon-Pandt. This Bronze Award supports and recognizes the way Satia has developed its tourism, with a special focus on protecting the marine environment and terrestrial ecology, according to the Quality Coast Jury.  Three National Park areas protect the high biodiversity and unique tropical marine and terrestrial ecosystems. Furthermore, the jury praised the island’s cultural-historical conservation efforts, which have provided Statia with a very strong and attractive ‘sense of place’. And the new solar power plant provides already more than 25% of the island’s electricity needs.

Subsequently, on his visit to the island of Bonaire, Minister Kamp presented a Silver Quality Coast flag and certificate to the Director of Tourism Corporation Bonaire (TCB), Mr. Maurice Adriaens. The Silver award is, among others, a recognition of Bonaire’s decades of (marine) nature conservation policy and practice which have provided the island with an outstanding and internationally recognised quality dive tourism product. In addition, the QualityCoast Jury lauded the island’s initiatives to move towards a greener economy with wind power already delivering 40% of the island’s energy needs; but also the several efforts to protect, conserve and celebrate the island’s culture, history and heritage. The Silver QualityCoast award is a considerable step up from Bonaire’s Qualit Coast BasiQ award obtained in 2014.

Basis for both islands’ QualityCoast awards were the Green Destinations assessments carried out in July and August of this year in the frame of the so-called Green Deal for Sustainable Tourism – a public-private partnership of stakeholders in the Dutch tourism industry. This Green Deal aims to support destinations worldwide in becoming more sustainable and inform consumers about the quality and sustainability of their holiday destinations.

 

Ronald Vermeeren

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Bonaire: An innovative agriculture project

Bonaire: An innovative agriculture project

Dutch State Secretary Sharon Dijksma and deputy Gerald Silberie signed a Memorandum of Understanding ‘development of sustainable agriculture and horticulture in Bonaire’. The MOU includes appointments about starting an expertise center, test-field and innovation center for sustainable agri- and horticulture techniques.

This project will be executed in collaboration with the Wageningen University and Research, Salt Farm Texel and Meromar Seafoods BV.

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Atelier régional de l’innovation à Sint Maarten , 5-7 Octobre

Atelier régional de l’innovation à Sint Maarten , 5-7 Octobre

Atelier régional des Caraïbes aura lieu 5-7 Octobre 2015 au Sint Maarten. L’objectif principal de l’activité est d’améliorer PTOM et OCTA ses capacités et d’assurer un meilleur échange d’expérience et d’expertise dans l’innovation en rassemblant les GI et d’autres parties prenantes à des ateliers régionaux et une conférence de projet, ce qui contribuerait à faciliter le développement, l’accès et la mise à jour d’un réseau d’innovation efficace.

Atelier Sint Maarten sera assisté par les gestionnaires et les parties prenantes de l’innovation à partir de 15 PTOM (Anguilla, Aruba, Bonaire, Îles Vierges britanniques, les îles Caïmans, Curaçao, îles Falkland, du Groenland, de Montserrat, Saba, Saint-Barthélemy, Saint-Hélène, Ascension, Tristan da Îles Cunha, Sint Eustatius, Sint Maarten et îles Turques et Caïques), et les intervenants régionaux à partir de Trinidad, la Barbade, la Guyane, ainsi que de l’Union européenne.

L’accent devrait être fait sur la entrepreneuriat, en particulier sur les micro et petites entreprises actives dans l’économie bleu et vert; sur la protection de la biodiversité et sur la création de l’ensemble des mesures politiques pour soutenir la croissance économique tirée par la connaissance et l’innovation dans les PTOM.

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Is the Caribbean a paradise for renewable energy?

Is the Caribbean a paradise for renewable energy?

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Author: EcoTechExchange
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The Caribbean appears to be the ideal location for renewable energy development. Petroleum resources are scarce and renewable resources such as solar, wind and geothermal are plentiful, energy prices are high. Added to that, climate change impacts pose a major threat to the region’s small-island economies that are largely dependent on tourism and agriculture.

Despite this, most Caribbean nations still use imported diesel or oil to generate 90-100% of their energy. So what has been the barrier to using renewables?

In this article published by the Guardian, the journalist starts from a small entrepreneur example in Barbados. He concludes that indigenous grassroots knowledge paired with the experience and access to capital of larger local and international companies would be a winning combination.

 

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Bonaire expanding drinking water plant with desalination unit

Bonaire expanding drinking water plant with desalination unit

(Bonaire) The project is a seawater desalination plant expansion project in Hato, an expansion of Water and Energy Company Bonaire’s (WEB) current desalination plant. The desalination plant is responsible for providing clean drinking water for the entire island. The new, permanent facility will supply 1,600 cubic meters a day of desalinated water to meet the growing clean water needs for the island’s residents and business.

“Our goal is to become self-sufficient with drinking water production and to support the growing needs of residential and business customers on the island,” said Alfredo Koolman, CEO, WEB Bonaire. “We selected General Electric because of its desalination technology expertise and its familiarity with our existing operation. This project moves us closer to eventually having the capability of owning and operating our own desalination facility.”

GE will provide a comprehensive Procera seawater solution and system training to WEB staff. To help improve equipment durability, GE will start with pretreatment components that protect membrane desalination systems by removing suspended solids and impurities. After careful analysis of an operator’s source water and conservation needs, modular desalination systems are then fitted to their applications.

“We are pleased to offer our advanced reverse osmosis membrane solution to help WEB Bonaire expand its desalination plant to meet the island’s future clean water requirements,” said Yuvbir Singh, general manager, engineered systems—water and process technologies for GE Power & Water. “With clean water more precious than ever around the world, our solutions can deliver reliable supplies of fresh water from just about any salt water source, including seawater.”

The expanded desalination facility is expected to be commissioned in August 2015 and is part of WEB Bonaire’s ongoing efforts to modernize the island’s power and water infrastructure.

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The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) approves US$100 million for Caribbean energy facility

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has said it will support a proposal by Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar to establish a multi-donor energy facility for Caribbean sustainability.

The prime minister made the announcement on Monday night at a political meeting of her United National Congress (UNC) party.

She said the bank has agreed to provide US$100 million to co-finance projects in the energy sector over the next six years.

“This will enable promotion of energy diversification, energy efficiency and a reliable supply of alternative fuels at a reduced cost in the Caribbean. It is very exciting because it will bring stability, security and sustainability to our region,” Persad-Bissessar said.

She added that it would help Trinidad and Tobago and the Caribbean.

“Recently CARICOM declared its unequivocal support for the initiative. So you see with my government, Trinidad and Tobago is leading and energising the region,” she said.

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Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao to also benefit from Regional Cyber Security and Ethical Hacking …

Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao to also benefit from Regional Cyber Security and Ethical Hacking …

[Willemstad, Curacao] – Prospective attendees at the 2015 Ethical Hacking and Cyber Security training program in Curacao, Aruba and Bonaire will be seeking to appoint a preparatory team aimed establishing the Netherland Antilles Ethical Hackers and Cyber Security Society.
The Society will among other things, develop a database of verified ethical hackers and cyber security experts among other related fields in the ABC Islands, and will also serve as a voluntary national response unit in cases of cyber attacks against any entity within the territories.
Intended to also serve as a professional grouping for residents within the ABC Islands, the Society will be preceded by the appointment of a five member steering committee at the conclusion of the Ethical Hackers and Cyber Security Program, which is schedule to be held at the University of Curacao on the 8 and 9 of June, and the University of Aruba on the 11 and 12 of June, 2015.
The Ethical Hacking and Cyber Security training program is intended to provide participants’ with widened knowledge on the various advanced forms of cyber security threats.
They will also be empowered to identify, intercept, remove, destroy, deter or block such security threats via ethical hacking and technological engineering techniques.

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Bonaire, St. Eustatius, Saba and Dutch government embrace development plans

Press Release

March 14th, 2013

 

Bonaire, St. Eustatius, Saba and Dutch Government embrace development plans

 

The Hague – Ministries in the Dutch Government have reacted positively to development plans drawn up by the public entities of Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba. The Dutch Government has the ambition, together with the islands, to remove the physical and social backlogs. The Dutch government recognizes that more needs to happen. The pace at which the various backlogs will be removed is dependant on the budgetary possibilities of the Kingdom. The removed backlogs must however be maintained.

 

The plans formulated by the public entities of Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba will be worked out in further consultation. With this correct priorities can be established. The Ministries of Home Affairs & Kingdom Relations (BZK), Economic Affairs (EZ) and Infrastructure & Environment (I&M) offer expertise to arrive at more detailed plans. The Ministry of Home Affairs & Kingdom Relations will further make available 0, 5 million Euros. For investments in nature a regulation for contribution is being developed in which a total of 7, 5 million

Euros will be made available. The remaining financing of the adjusted plans will be worked out further in the framework of the preparation of the 2014 budget. The Dutch Government-  preconditioned by budgetary space-will prepare the detailed plans (for example the integral plan for Rincon-Antriol-North Saliña) to realize the implementation by means of extra-ordinary allowances or interest free loans, or  subsequently  through the execution of the plans by the concerned ministries.

 

The Dutch government finds that the current rules with regard to interest free loans should not cause obstructions for realizing the implementation of plans with good potential. Here then applies the condition that the Commission for Financial Supervision establishes that the

public entities can comply with the financial obligations. The Dutch government therefore agrees to further work out how through own investments by the public entity and/or through the granting of interest free loans by the Kingdom plans can be realized.

The delegations are also satisfied with the confirmation that Minister Plasterk of Home Affairs & Kingdom Relations will expressly function as the coordinating minister for the development plans.

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