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Economic outlines and opportunities for innovation

Curaçao’s main economic activities are in the tourism, oil refinery and transhipment, trade and offshore sectors. Key opportunities for innovation The report “Strategies for Sustainable Long Term Economic Development in Curaçao” (Thierry Apotheker Consulting SAS, May 2013) commissioned by the Ministry of Economic Development, has identified those key opportunities: Tourism, cultural and creative industries, financial services, oil refining, clean energy, ICT (Curaçao has a highly competitive telecommunications market with a number 1 position in download speeds throughout Latin-America and the Caribbean).

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Member state: The Netherlands
Surface (km2): 444
EEZ (km2): 68 783
Population (2012): 154 004
Capital: Willemstadt
Languages: Dutch, English, Papiamento
GDP per capita (€ – year): 16 970
Main economic sectors: Tourism, Oil terminal, Trade and real estate
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  • Tourism Workshop – Chiquita Groenewoud-Kotzebue, Curaçao Representative

    Ms Groenewoud-Kotzebue highlighted how her island is innovating in the sector and some of the continuing challenges faced  challenges faced. For example, Hofi Cas Cora, is a small  organic family farm on the island that is rasing awareness of the ‘farm to fork’ concept, also offering dishes with Caribbean flair in its eatery.Curaçao’s dependency on fossil fuel (only […]    Read More
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  • Innovation for Tourism Growth Anguilla

    OCTA Innovation Thematic workshop “Innovation for Tourism Growth” was held in Anguilla 11-12 of October. In was held in the Caribbean month of Tourism. However, it’s reach was global, having participants and speakers from all sides of world including French Polynesia and Wallis et Futuna, Pacific ocean Overseas Countries and Territories.Octa Innovation WebsiteFacebookGoogle+LinkedinTwitter    Read More
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  • Anguilla Thematic Workshop

    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.Octa Innovation WebsiteFacebookGoogle+LinkedinTwitter    Read More
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  • Innovation News

  • Online music streaming offers new opportunities for the Caribbean Music Industry

    Research by Boudino de Jong and Gino Jacobs, founders of ‘Skempi’ (, showed that home markets for the Caribbean Music Industry are subject to high levels of piracy and other forms of copyright infringement. It has become apparent that the Caribbean Music Industry is not well protected by legislation, compared to other Caribbean industries. The […]    Read More
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  • Energies marines renouvelables

    Les énergies marines renouvelables (EMR) constituent une réponse tout à fait pertinente aux problèmes énergétiques des îles. C’est une filière en plein développement partout dans le monde. Pour connaître les derniers développements de la filière des énergies marines renouvelables, inscrivez-vous à la veille assurée par le Marine Renewable Energy Group. Quotidiennement sont analysées de très […]    Read More
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  • Regional Innovation Workshop in Sint Maarten, 5-7 October

    Caribbean regional workshop will take place 5-7 October 2015 at Sint Maarten. The main aim of the activity is to improve OCTs and OCTA’s capacities and ensure better exchange of experience and expertise in Innovation by gathering the IMs and other relevant stakeholders in regional workshops and a project conference, which would contribute to facilitate […]    Read More
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  • Reports

  • Curaçao Innovation Action Plan

    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 has been developed afterwards. Curaçao made its innovation policy. The innovation action plan […]    Read More
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  • Lead in innovation with the Action Plan

    Curaçao made excellent job in the period of establishing their innovation strategy, particularly it was great job in organizing consultations via working groups for each sector of importance for the economy and the society of Curacao. That was one of the exemplary good consultations of different stakeholders which resulted in having very good innovation strategy. […]    Read More
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  • Curaçao developing Innovation Policy

    In his opening speech for the Academic Year 2015/2016 at the University of Curaçao, titled “The role of the University in Innovation and innovation policy” J.I.M. Halman outlined the most important elements of the innovation policy as well as the roles of two of the key players: the government and the University of Curaçao. […]    Read More
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  • Octa Innovation Website