We thank to Bren Romney and to his team for great cooperation for having well organised, successful OCTA Innovation Thematic Workshop in Anguilla on 11-12 of October 2018.
Curaçao made an excellent job in the period of establishing its innovation strategy. Particularly it was great job of organizing consultations via multiple working groups consultation work for each sector of importance for the economy and the wide society of Curacao. Innovation strategy and policy have been developed afterwards. Currently, Fiona Curie, Innovation Director of Curacao, is making successful progress moving from innovation strategy and policy to the Innovation action plan of Curacao.
Meeting Prime Minister Eugene Rhuggenaath was a great opportunity to talk about the issues of innovation and development and about Smart Island, migration, social inclusion and social innovation. Implementation across all sectors including education, capacity-building both human capacity in general and particularly government capacity-building, wide involvement of the population and Curacao people ownership of building their future were discussed. All of these in a larger context of having an innovation-driven prosperous Curaçao.
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How to propel innovation? How innovation to interweave in the economy? How to progress in establishing innovation ecosystem? How to develop optimal innovation supporting instruments? How to implement innovation across all sectors? How to enhance true public private partnership? How to secure sustainability? How to establish priorities? How to use opportunities on the most efficient way? How to optimize use of available knowledge and expertise? How to deal with brain drain? How to optimize capacity building via different ways of blended learning? How to deal with lack of capacities? How to protect heritage? How to use and how to protect natural resources? So many questions and issues to progress with.
In the light of some of these questions and issues, different opportunities and actions are discussed with Ms. Fiona Curie, Innovation Director and with key Curaçao innovation stakeholders this week. Curaçao is one of the best OCTs progressing with innovation policy action plan. Meeting with Prime Minister Eugene Rhuggenaath will be a crucial step to consolidate the action plan.
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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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Curaçao is an island strategically situated in the Caribbean Sea just off the coast of the South American mainland. A polyglot society, it boasts more than 60 different nationalities, living and working harmoniously on a 171 square-mile territory. As part of the erstwhile political entity the Netherlands Antilles, the island became an Overseas Country of the European Economic Community in 1964. Historically a trade enclave, today the island’s economic mainstay is centered around tourism, oil refining, financial services and ship repair.
As acting Representative of the Government of Curaçao to the European Union for the past two years and a member of OCTA’s Executive Committee, Ann Philipps, has been advocating a vision of an internationally focused future for her island. This makes the most of Curaçao’s natural assets; a multi-ethnic and multi cultural population speaking several languages and a good strategic position for trade. At the same time, it recognizes the need to forge strong international partnerships and improve the quality of its human capital through an internationally-oriented educational system. This vision for the future was reflected in the theme of Curaçao’s OCTA chairmanship, ‘building strategic partnerships for sustainable development’.
During 2016, an initiative has been taken in Curaçao to develop ‘Creative Lab Caribbean’, a private sector web-based network of creative talent to exchange knowledge, know-how, skills and experience in the creative sector across the Caribbean. It is modelled on the success of ‘Creative Lab Curaçao.’
The intention is to develop a Caribbean-wide web of entrepreneurial creativity to inspire and motivate. The umbrella aims to share visions, skills knowledge, guidelines, multi-media support and capacity building across the islands and create both online and off-line assignment opportunities. It intends to reach beyond creative and cultural entrepreneurs to include educational institutes and students.
The ‘Creative Lab Caribbean’ team comprises its founder, Gonneke van den Kieboom, who also launched ‘Creative Lab Curaçao’, Sander van Beusekom, Jip Trommelen and Nevita Mezas.
This highly creative project, nominated for an OCTA Innovation BIC Award, is all about turning the Scharloo Abou, home of Creative Lab Curaçao, into a space where the island’s creativity can flourish. Both local and international artists will use the 30-40 available walls, parks and street locations as their canvas to make murals, installations and sculptures. The overall message of Street Art Skalo is that art and creativity have entrepreneurial and economic value and bring people together in social activity. The innovative project is also organising events such as a kids’ workshop to be held in 2017. Fundashon Rebiba Skalo Abou and Creative Lab Curaçao represented by Marcel Dennert, Nicole van Beusekom, Sander van Beusekom, Gonneke van den Kieboom are the project’s initiators.
The Curaçao Innovation Award has itself been nominated to receive an OCTA Innovation BIC Award. Granted annually by Curaçao’s Innovation and Technology Institute, the Curaçao Innovation Award is an inspiration for innovation. It draws attention to the business or organisation whose recent innovation has added most value to Curaçao’s economy and/or society. “The winner is not only innovative for its own purpose, but also forms a source of inspiration and an incentive for others to innovate,” reads the award’s website. There are also also categories acknowledging Business Innovation, Junior Innovation, Social Innovation and Sustainable Innovation as well as a People’s Choice Award.
‘Connecting the Dots’ has been nominated for an OCTA Innovation BIC Award. A collaborative platform stimulating and supporting innovative entrepreneurship in Curaçao, it is inspiring businesses to find the right tools to innovate and become successful in the international playing field. Partners in the platform are: the Ministry of Economic Development, University of Curaçao, Curaçao Innovation and Technology Institute, Start-Up Curaçao, Curaçao Investment & Export Promotion Agency (Cinex), National Platform for Youth Development and The Permanent Representation of the Netherlands. A platform initiative – a business conference, 19-22 October 2016 – was a big success, staging a vibrant mix of local and international speakers, workshops and networking events for entrepreneurs and innovation enthusiasts under the banner of ‘inspire, innovate & accelerate’.
Since 2011, the Curaçao Tourist Board has been striving to maintain the quality of tourism businesses through a Sustainable Certification Programme for the hospitality and tourism industry. The programme sets out officially recognised standards in sustainability for Curaçao’s local tourism sector. They consist of practical steps to be taken by operators to meet varying levels of sustainability.
In recognising and promoting levels of quality in tourism services, the programme’s initial steps are contributing to the standardisation of management in the sector. The programme also gives the opportunity to Curaçao’s tourism sector to work towards international integration and brand reputation in the supply system for environmental protection. This helps raise the international reputation of Curaçao tourism and is an incentive for companies to invest and maximise resource-saving measures and/or technologies.
OCTA Innovation’s support for the programme will foster its further expansion. It will enable: the optimisation of the certification steps; the inclusion to further tourism related sub-sectors; the setting up of a monitoring system and identification of further solutions in working towards a common vision and enhanced industry understanding of the programme.