OCTA Innovation Issue 3 / 2017 – Curaçao

OCTA Innovation Issue 3 / 2017 – Curaçao

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’.


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EYE for new entrepreneurs

EYE for new entrepreneurs

Enterprise St. Helena (ESH) has been explaining to new business entrepreneurs the benefits of becoming an Erasmus Young Entrepreneur (EYE). This European Union funded programme offers new entrepreneurs an opportunity to improve their business acumen in another EU Member State. The business community in St. Helena sees the recent completion of a new airport as opening new export opportunities.

EYE offers mentoring placements of between 1-6 months in another Member State. Applicants must meet all of the following:

  • They must have been in business for less than three years;
  • They should wish to travel to another EU member state;
  • They must have drawn up a comprehensive business that includes: details of services/products, a thorough analysis of the market, an analysis of competitors, a financial plan with estimated expenses and income over a two-year period and a break-even analysis.

The programme has no deadline.

Initial interest in EYE in St. Helena was shown by tourism operators and the enterprising owner of ‘Deviouss’, a lingerie company.


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