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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Dr. Niall O’ Keeffe – St Helena, an island of discovery

 

Dr. Niall O’ Keeffe, Innovation Manager for St Helena and Chief Executive Officer for Economic Development, describes the island as one of the rare opportunities left where the economy has not yet been exposed to the wider world. St Helena is mustering all the support it can get on-island and off-island, to ensure that it is a great and positive story and show how tourism can enhance the well-being of everyone in the community.

With a tourism offering encompassing adventure, particularly marine-based, extraordinary heritage & culture and beautiful diverse landscapes, St Helena is expecting discerning visitors from all around the world to take the opportunity to explore an island previously only accessible after a five-day sail.

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St Helena – “A beautiful and pure place”

St Helena – “A beautiful and pure place”

 

Kirsty Joshua, Quality Systems and Information Manager for Enterprise St Helena, simply says her island is a “beautiful and pure place”, offering so much to visitors.

She very much supports learning from the tourism experiences, strengths and best practices of other small islands including the group of Overseas Countries and Territories.

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Kedell Worboys MBE – preserving St Helena’s pristine environment

Kedell Worboys MBE – preserving St Helena’s pristine environment

 

Mrs Kedell Worboys MBE, representative of the Government of St Helena in the United Kingdom and member of the Executive Committee of the Overseas Countries and Territories Association (OCTA), is committed to protecting St Helena’s environment and its rich fauna, flora and marine life.

As former President of OCTA Executive Committee, she chaired in February 2016 a Climate Change workshop in Brussels where she strongly put the case for preserving the OCTs’ unique biodiversity and pristine environment for the benefit of St Helena’s sustainable tourism development.

 

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New airport to increase St Helena visitor numbers

New airport to increase St Helena visitor numbers

 

The opening of the new airport puts St Helena within easier reach of tourists from all around the world who will be able to discover its rugged coastlines, rolling hills, peaks, breathtaking views and fascinating history.

Throughout the centuries St Helena’s history has touched world history. Discovered by the Portuguese in 1502, it became a Dutch then a British possession (initially under the East India Company then the Crown). It was a strategically important port of call during the British Empire, until the opening of the Suez Canal and the advent of steamships.

The island’s remote location meant it was used as a place of exile for key prisoners, including some 6 000 Boers, Chief Dinizulu, Bahraini princes and, of course, Napoleon, who died on St Helena. The island also played an important role during the abolition of slavery.

This heritage provides a significant legacy of fortifications, remains, historic buildings, and what has been described as ‘the quintessential Atlantic port’ – Jamestown.

 

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St Helena’s unique fauna and flora

St Helena’s unique fauna and flora

 

St Helena’s Diana’s Peak National Park is a testament to the island’s pristine environment; a home to most of St. Helena’s endemic wildlife.

Of the 60 known native species of plant, 45 occur nowhere else (including the white ebony flower).  Of 1100 land invertebrates, 400 are unique to the island. At least six unique land birds once occurred on St Helena, only one (the wirebird) survives today. Ten shore fishes are found only around the island, and 16 more are found only here and at Ascension.

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Liz Johnson-Idan – encouraging organic agriculture

Liz Johnson-Idan – encouraging organic agriculture

 

Acting as Deputy Innovation Manager, Liz Johnson-Idan, spoke of the challenges on building sustainable organic agriculture for tourism during an OCTA Innovation workshop in St Maarten.

Local St Helenian cooking reflects the many historical influences of the island: Portuguese, British, Southeast Asian, Malagasy, Chinese and African. Popular traditional dishes are St Helena fishcakes, battered or grilled tuna, grilled wahoo steak, meat or poultry curries and pilau (called plo locally). It is yet another of the island’s unique tourism attractions.

 

 

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Kedell Worboys – flying the flag for the OCTs

Kedell Worboys – flying the flag for the OCTs

 

 

Mrs Kedell Worboys MBE is a member of the Executive Committee of the Overseas Countries and Territories Association (OCTA) and Representative of the Government of St Helena in the United Kingdom. As a former President of the Committee, she played a major role in establishing the OCTA Innovation project as a model of coordinated OCT cooperation.

She demonstrates a deep understanding of the importance of innovation for sustainable growth in the OCTs and the dynamics OCT/EU relationship.

Mrs Worboys has worked assiduously to ensure that all OCTs, especially the smaller ones such as St Helena, are not left out of decision-making processes and that they have access to all funding mechanisms available at EU-level, notably the 11th European Development Fund.

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Enterprise St Helena – an island open for business

Enterprise St Helena – an island open for business

 

Established as a statutory body at arm’s length from the St Helena Government, Enterprise St Helena (ESH) is responsible for tourism and the economic development of the island, and is the lead body responsible for promoting and enabling private sector development. ESH is focused on promoting the growth of the economy of St Helena, through the development of existing businesses, and the promotion of the island to new investors and developers. ESH is funded by the Government of St Helena and the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID). In accordance with its policy of transparency, ESH publishes all of its policies and procedures for the public to view on their website. ESH has 6 key areas of activity in promotion of economic development. These are:

  • Tourism Promotion
  • Up-skilling Saints
  • Helping Saint Businesses
  • Financing Saint Businesses
  • Attracting Investment
  • Fisheries Development

Enterprise St Helena works to align its core offering of professional and financial services to meet the needs of key sectors, identified for their growth potential. To meet these objectives, Enterprise St Helena oversees the St Helena Hospitality Upskilling Initiative and St Helena Tourism to promote the tourism industry and upskilling of people living on the island.

The central message is that St Helena is open for business, and with investor friendly policies in place, it’s now easy to invest in the island. The current development-friendly investment policy was developed with the intention of opening the Island’s economy to foreign investment and tourism. It:

i           Makes the economy accessible to all potential investors by being an attractive destination to do business and encouraging a diversity of investors;

ii           Ensures maximum benefit from development for the island’s economy and people;

iii          Sets parameters for development to safeguard what is important for the people of St Helena;

iv         Assists the locally based private sector to compete effectively and efficiently in an open economy.

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Technological innovation is St Helena

Technological innovation is St Helena

 

There are some instances where private sector businesses have introduced new technologies to improve their businesses, example of which include the introduction of small scale poly tunnels, and hydroponic farming. Artificial Insemination (AI) has been successfully introduced on island for livestock (cattle and pigs) for some years now and has replaced historic practices of importing livestock, eliminating some of the issues associated with this method.

Connect Saint Helena is currently working to introduce solar-generated electricity alongside of its small-scale wind generated electricity. The share of renewable energy generated has increased from 2% to 22% in the last 6 years and is targeted to further increase to 30% when the solar farm currently under construction is commissioned.  The islands’ Sustainable Development Plan has a 100% renewable target and Connect Saint Helena is working with an off island consultant and with SHG to develop a strategy to achieve this objective.

It should be noted that technology in St Helena is hampered by its isolation and reliance on satellite technology and the island therefore does not have many of the facilities that the residents of developed countries enjoy. While there have been improvements to both the price and speed of broadband packages in the last two years, access to the Internet is both slower and more expensive that in the UK.

 

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