Innovating and surpassing challenges – Forum of the EU’s Outermost Regions

Innovating and surpassing challenges – Forum of the EU’s Outermost Regions

A forum takes place in Brussels, March 30-31, to consider a renewed European Union Strategy towards the EU’s Outermost Regions. There are nine Outermost Regions: Guadeloupe, French Guiana, Réunion, Martinique, Mayotte and Saint-Martin (France), the Azores and Madeira (Portugal) and the Canary Islands (Spain).

Existing EU measures under the Regional Policy, the Common Agricultural Policy and the Common Fisheries Policy, assist the nine in surpassing their unique challenges. Insularity, remoteness, topography, climate and the dependency on a limited number of economic sectors are issues that the Outermost Regions share with the European Union’s Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs).

However, the unique geographic and geological characteristics of the Outermost Regions are spurring research and innovation in the areas of renewable energies, pharmacology, space science, biodiversity and marine ecosystems. The forum will look at measures to make the most of the regions’ potential within a renewed strategy.

The Presidents of the Outermost Regions of the European Union are expected to attend the event, along with President of the Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani, EU Commissioner for Regional Policy, Corina Crețu, French Minister of Overseas, Ericka Bareigts, Portuguese Secretary of State for European Affairs, Margarida Marques and Spanish Secretary of State for European Affairs, Jorge Toldeo Albiñana.

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St Barth, le live à Bruxelles !

St Barth, le live à Bruxelles !

 

  • Nils Dufau, Vice-Président de la Collectivité et Président du Comité Territorial de Tourisme de Saint-Barthélemy. Le tourisme est un des piliers de l’économie de Saint-Barthélemy : cette île est ouverte au continent américain mais est également tournée vers l’Europe et cherche à développer un tourisme de qualité sans faire dans la quantité.
  • Pascal Peuchot, Directeur de l’Innovation, Responsable de la coopération régionale et du développement numérique. Le développement numérique se fait en parallèle du développement du tourisme de luxe.
  • Nadège Carti-Sinnan, Directrice Générale Chambre Economique Multiprofessionnelle. La chambre de commerce organise depuis deux ans les évènements Saint-Barth Smart Island. Cette année l’accent a été mis sur l’enjeu innovation numérique pour le développement du territoire qui se retrouve dans la restauration, le transport, les applications numériques, la digitalisation culturelle et le tourisme de luxe numérique.
  • Michael Magras, Président Elapida St Barth a quant à lui souligné l’importance de l’e-réputation des établissements touristiques dans cette île. Les touristes donnent ainsi une e-réputation de 4.08 à ce territoire.
  • Madly Schenin-King, experte de l’innovation dans le tourisme a affirmé que même si Saint-Barthélemy est tourné vers le tourisme haut de gamme fidélisé, le concept d’innovation est nécessaire pour le développement économique de cette île. Le touriste de Saint-Barth est un touriste connecté en permanence.
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OCTA Innovation Issue 1 / 2017 – New Caledonia

OCTA Innovation Issue 1 / 2017 – New Caledonia

 

Dans le cadre du projet OCTA Innovation, le projet pilote pour la Nouvelle-Calédonie est en phase contractuelle suite à un accord entre l’OCTA et la Commission européenne. Sa mise en œuvre contribuera à l’avancement de la stratégie d’innovation de la Nouvelle-Calédonie. Le projet est financé à partir du budget global du projet OCTA Innovation de 5 millions EUR de l’Union Européenne pour l’assistance technique et la réalisation de projets pilotes dans les PTOM.

L’approbation du projet pilote a été accomplie grâce aux efforts de l’équipe en Nouvelle-Calédonie, du porteur de projet le cluster Cap-agro et à l’implication du gouvernement de la Nouvelle-Calédonie par le biais de sa correspondante à Paris et Bruxelles, Mme Chloé Calvignac, Membre du Comité Exécutif de l’OCTA et Membre du Comité de pilotage du projet OCTA Innovation.

Le focus du projet pilote pour la Nouvelle-Calédonie est l’innovation dans le secteur alimentaire. Ce projet d’une valeur de 200,000 EUR permettra le développement des recettes pour promouvoir un écosystème alimentaire équilibré; les plats créés conjointement avec des “consommateurs professionnels”. Il vise: le développement de l’alimentation durable ; la promotion de l’autosuffisance alimentaire; l’amélioration de l’état de santé et du bien-être des néo-calédoniens la modification des habitudes alimentaires des consommateurs.

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OCTA Innovation Issue 32 / 2016 – St Helena, Tourism

OCTA Innovation Issue 32 / 2016 – St Helena, Tourism

St Helena is the untouched tourism jewel of the South Atlantic, becoming more accessible thanks to a new airport offering charter and commercial flights. Dr Niall O’ Keeffe, Innovation Manager for St Helena and Chief Executive Officer for Economic Development and Kirsty Joshua, Quality Systems and Information Officer of Enterprise St Helena, came to Brussels on 30th November 2016 for OCTA Innovation’s BRUZZ on St Helena.

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

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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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 – new tourist location

St Helena – new tourist location

 

Since 1502, the remote island of St Helena in the South Atlantic was accessible only by sea. Over the centuries, we have been visited by many of the great minds of renown in social, political and scientific spheres. Captain Cook, Captain Blight, Darwin, Napoleon, Dinizulu, Halley and many others came to our shores. In the coming months, people from all over the world will be able to visit the island by air. It is great opportunity for us to develop a sustainable economy.

What we want to do is to make sure that we develop the economy for the benefit of all in an innovative way.  This is very challenging but by working in partnership with the Association of Overseas Countries and Territories, we hope to systematically develop a process whereby each aspect of the environment we develop is monitored, measured and supported. It is one of rare opportunities left in the world, where the economy has not yet been exposed to the wider world and we are going to muster all the support that we can get, on-island and off-island, to ensure that it is a great story and positive story and show how tourism can enhance the well-being of everyone in the community.

With a tourism offering which encompasses adventure, particularly marine-based, extraordinary heritage & culture and beautiful diverse landscapes, we expect discerning visitors from all around the world to take the opportunity to explore an island previously only accessible after a five-day sail. There is much work to be done to bring St Helena to its true potential and to achieve this we will focus on supporting projects which bring about sustainable and incremental growth.

 

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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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