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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BVI represented at global tax transparency summit in London

BVI represented at global tax transparency summit in London

 

Benito Wheatley, British Virgin Islands’ UK representative, highlighted the territory’s value as an international finance centre stating, “The value proposition the BVI as a jurisdiction offers in the world economy is the legal certainty provided by the territory which practices English Common Law and is the headquarters of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court Commercial Division with appeal available to the Privy Council in the UK.”

He added, “Our corporate vehicles allow investors internationally to pool capital and invest in developing countries which urgently need capital to develop their economies and would otherwise not receive.”

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eLab 2016 – a highlight of November’s Global Enterprise Week in BVI

eLab 2016 – a highlight of November’s Global Enterprise Week in BVI

Barnes PR – As the Virgin Islands prepares to join 130 countries around the world for the celebration of Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) 2016, observed from November 14 – 20, Barnes PR is once again participating in the international celebration of innovators and job creators by hosting its first regional entrepreneurship conference, eLab 2016, as part of its week of activities.

The two-day conference, held Nov 15-16, will bring entrepreneurs in the creative, retail and professional services fields from Overseas Territories around the region through the major sponsorship from the Caribbean Overseas Countries and Territories Small Medium Entrepreneurship (COSME) programme and will provide them with concentrated information in the areas of business development, marketing, intellectual property, accounting, product development and social enterprise.

With the objective of the conference being to strengthen the overall capacity of entrepreneurs to run their businesses more effectively, while providing networking opportunities amongst regional entrepreneurs, GOPA Key Expert and Team Leader for COSME, Diana Hendrickson-Fleming believes that the conference provides the perfect opportunity to fulfill the mandate of the COSME programme.

“With COSME’S overall objective being to contribute to the sustainable and climate-resilient economic diversification and prosperity of Caribbean OCTs, Global Entrepreneurship Week and this conference in general, will provide us with the opportunity to provide entrepreneurs from OCTs with the tools to enhance their businesses,” she said.

Participating entrepreneurs will be given the chance to inspire and share insights from their entrepreneurship journey with talks around the Territory, something, founder of Barnes PR, Sachkia Barnes, believes is essential to preserving the spirit of entrepreneurship.

“As GEW continues to grow in its existence in the Virgin Islands, at Barnes PR we believe that the week of activities should be aimed at feeding and developing the entrepreneurial spirit that exists in the Territory, by allowing young people and all aspiring entrepreneurs to learn from the struggles and triumphs of others.”

Barnes said the week of activities also provides a means of showing communities the value of entrepreneurs. “While a big part of what we have been doing over the past three years serves to encourage entrepreneurs, we also see the efforts as a way to encourage community members, our customers and potential customers, to understand the value – whether it be a service, products, innovation or jobs, we offer our immediate communities.”

Other events for GEW VI 2016 include: a panel discussion on the Importance of Entrepreneurship in Developing Economies on November 16 at the Eileen L. Parsons auditorium on the H Lavity Stoutt Community College campus and Ideas and Cocktails, a pop-up shop and networking mixer for entrepreneurs held November 17 at the JR O’Neal Botanical Gardens.

Registration for the conference is underway and interested entrepreneurs can register at www.barnespr.com where a registration fee of $100 dollars will be charged, which covers all conference material and a reserved vending space for the participants’ business at Ideas and Cocktails. Registration ends November 8th, 2016.

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Overseas Territories and UK ministerial meeting in Turks and Caicos

Overseas Territories and UK ministerial meeting in Turks and Caicos

The two-day (July 20/21) Pre -Joint Ministerial Conference (Pre-JMC) will be a precursor to the Joint Ministerial Council that will be held in London 31 October – 4th November 2016 and hosted by the Foreign Commonwealth Office (FCO).
The islands premier Dr. Rufus Ewing who will chair several of the roundtable discussions said “While the JMC is the highest political forum between the UK Government and elected leaders and representatives, this forum allows us to first meet and outline a clear strategy to address the challenges OTs face prior to the JMC.
”Following the vote of the UK referendum to leave the European Union (EU) the first session will explore the implication of the result on the OTs and their relationship with the EU.
”I have been attending these meetings for four (4) years now, and I am delighted to welcome all the attendees to our beautiful paradise, while we discuss such pertinent issues, the release read.”
Attending the meetings will be the Premier of British Virgin Islands, Dr. Orlando Smith OBE, Premier of Cayman Islands, Hon. Alden McLaughlin MBE, Premier of Bermuda Hon. Michael Dunkley JP, Premier of Monserrat Hon. Donaldson Romeo, Chief Minister of Gibraltar Hon. Fabian Picardo.
Representing, the Government of Anguilla Hon Evans McNeill Rogers – Minister of Social Development and representing the Government of the Falkland Islands Hon Roger Edwards MLA. The Secretary General of CARICOM, Irwin Larocque, will also travel to the Islands to meet with the Leaders of the Caribbean OTs.
Host Dr. Rufus Ewing is vice chair of the Overseas Countries and Territories Association (OCTA), post to which he was elected during a meeting in Brussels. The body was established to improve policy dialogue, strategic partnership and sustainable development in the overseas countries and territories.

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British Virgin Islands: entrepreneurs are supported

British Virgin Islands: entrepreneurs are supported

Get off a business is a long journey, and takes hard work, a little luck and various support, everywhere. The Branson Centre for Entrepreneurship in the Caribbean first opened its doors to entrepreneurs in Jamaica in 2011. Since then it has assisted over 180 entrepreneurs to launch or scale their businesses for long-term success.

The Centre has decided to enlarge its support to BVI entrepreneurs: Virgin Unite, foundator of the Branson Centre, has set up a loan fund for early stage entrepreneurs in the British Virgin Islands. The entrepreneurs have access to a set of services:

  • World-class training via Branson Centre Caribbean Online
  • Practical and focused in-person workshops 
  • results-driven mentorship relationship facilitated and monitored by KPMG
  • Access to a pro-bono bank of professional services.

The first recruitment for budding entrepreneurs was launched in January 2016.

The whole business services and the application form is available at the Branson Centre online.

 

 

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BVI To Be Represented At Innovation Workshop In St. Martin

BVI To Be Represented At Innovation Workshop In St. Martin

Press Release
30 September 2015 – 3:15pm

Finance and Fiscal Policy

Representatives from the European Union’s (EU) Overseas Countries and Territories (OCT) will gather in Saint Martin from October 5 to 7 to brainstorm the challenge of diversifying economies with innovation.

Innovation Managers appointed by OCT governments will attend discussions led by the project’s Brussels-based team leader, Milan Jezic von Gesseneck. The British Virgin Islands will be represented at the meeting by Policy Analyst/Strategic Adviser in the Premier’s Office, Ms. Lizette George.

The three-day workshop is part of the European Union-funded project ‘Territorial Strategies for Innovation’, which runs from April 2014 to April 2018. It is designed to find innovative solutions for economic diversification and improved regional and global competitiveness in 20 of the EU’s inhabited OCTs.

Mr. Jezic von Gesseneck explained that the process of enhancement of the innovation for sustainable islands’ growth is led in each OCT by the OCT’s Innovation Manager. He said it is starting the process with the assessment of the innovation situation, and in developing a vision for growth, identifying competitive advantages and setting strategic priorities.

He stated, “OCTA Innovation brings all stakeholders together, both from public and from the private sector to develop economies of the EU Overseas Countries and Territories.”

The scope for innovation in both the green and blue economies will be a major focus of discussion. An expert in the development of small and medium-sized enterprises from Trinidad and Tobago will share best practices in the Caribbean’s green economy.

Further development of the renewable energy sector: solar, wind, geothermal, biofuels and hydropower is also on the agenda, as well as the expanding niche market sectors in the Caribbean such as marine and yachting, medical tourism, sports, boutique hotels, gastronomy and entertainment.

“We take a broad view on innovation. It is not only about high-tech, it is the ability of a system and society as a whole to bring and apply new ideas. And, more importantly, bring them into market, translating them into economic growth and prosperity,” Mr. Jezic von Gesseneck said.

OCTs involved in the project are Anguilla, Aruba, Bonaire, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Curaçao, Falkland Islands, Greenland, Montserrat, New Caledonia, Pitcairn, French Polynesia, Saba, St. Barthélemy, Saint Helena, Saint Pierre et Miquelon, Sint Eustatius, St. Martin, Turks and Caicos, Wallis and Futuna.

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Nadia James-Harris

Information Officer II
Premier’s Office
Telephone: 468-3701 ext. 2076
Email: njames-harris@gov.vg

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British Virgin Islands: Renewables and tackling unemployment

British Virgin Islands: Renewables and tackling unemployment

Following recent meeting in Brussels at the signing OCTA Energy Charter, Mr Milan Jezic von Gesseneck was glad to meet Dr. the Honourable Kedrick D. Pickering, Deputy Premier and Minister of Natural Resources and Labour, Government of the British Virgin Islands.

Dr Pickering was active in the Virgin Islands becoming the first Caribbean Territory and a leader amongst small island states globally in establishing the policy and financing framework needed to address the causes and impacts of climate change. Dr Pickering has a clear vision in establishing British Virgin Islands as the world top eco-tourist destination. Outlining his work on the financing network he concluded, “Extensive consultation with stakeholders guided the development of the Virgin Islands Climate Change Trust Fund Act 2015, with general agreement being reached that the operations of the Fund would assist in positioning the country as one of the first low carbon tourism destinations in the region. By supporting the introduction of renewable energy and energy efficient measures, not only will the Climate Change Trust Fund lower operational costs, but it shines an eco-friendly spotlight on our Virgin Islands in a very competitive tourism industry.”

Dr Pickering is working bringing broad business activities to the Virgin Islands. His closest team is strongly involved in development all Innovation related activities, and his deputy secretary Mr Joseph Abbott is one of the driving forces in the Innovation Advisory Board.

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Open and Creative Communications by BVI Minister

Open and Creative Communications by BVI Minister

Honourable Mark Vanterpool, Minister of Communication at the Government of the Virgin Islands, hosted a working meeting with Mr Milan Jezic von Gesseneck. Mr Vanterpool was part of the Government team that is crafting an environmental policy for the Virgin Islands, that will review the minimum wage and that create a process for a new airport in the territory. Especially relevant for BVI are several ongoing activities such as working on updating regulations for having renewable energies stronger implementation as well as initiating regional Innovation center based on good communication links ( four of them) creativity, entrepreneurship and relations with some world IT giants.

Mr Vanterpool is supportive of OCTA Innovation project and is showing his enthusiasm for open government communications through his Facebook and Twitter accounts. Follow him https://www.facebook.com/markh.vanterpool and www.Twitter.com/MarkVanterpool

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British Virgin Islands: Financial Services Implementation Unit

British Virgin Islands: Financial Services Implementation Unit

In his mission to the British Virgin Islands, OCTA Innovation Team Leader Milan Jezic von Gesseneck met Mr Kedrick Malone, Director of Financial Services Implementation Unit at Premier’s Office (Government of the Virgin Islands). Mr Malone is former Director of BVI office in London, and one of the OCTA executive members highly involved in the innovation promotion since the inception of OCTA Innovation project. He was particularly involved as BVI Premier Orlando Smith was Chairman of OCTA in 2014-2015. He is currently leading a special unit of professionals charged with delivering the recommendations of the BVI Financial Services Consultancy which sets out the initiatives to chart a new course for the financial services industry of the BVI.

Premier Dr Orlando Smith stated, “The creation of the Financial Services Implementation Unit is indicative of the much needed emphasis being placed on securing the future of the financial services industry. While the new team under the astute leadership of Mr. Kedrick Malone is responsible for delivering on their mandate, the success of their mission depends largely on the cooperation of the sectors they will be working with during the implementation phase.”

Underscoring the need for the cooperation of all stakeholders, Honourable Smith added, “Solving the issues at hand is vital to the future and longevity of our financial services industry and the livelihood of our community. It will require all of us – public and private sectors, government and opposition, local and expatriate practitioners, local and international stakeholders and the entire BVI community to work together to build a brighter and sustainable future for the Virgin Islands.”

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