Caribbean Regional Workshop - Programme and Selected Presentations, 6 October 2015

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Chair of the Conference: Hasani Ellis, Innovation manager Sint Maarten
Co-chair: Milan Jezic von Gesseneck, OCTA Innovation Team Leader

Words of Welcome, Honorable Marcel F. A. Gumbs, Prime Minister of Sint Maarten
Keynote Address on Innovation, Honorable Ernest Sams, Minister Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transportation and Telecommunications

Relevance of the innovation, Milan Jezic von Gesseneck, OCTA Innovation Team Leader Additional Presentation

MSEs & Green Economy in the Caribbean islands, Alan Cooper, MSEs expert

SMX Regional Workshop presentation_OCTA_CommunicationsDusan Jakovljevic, Communications, OCTA Innovation Additional Presentation

Regional cooperation for EU-funded projects, Olivia Lake, Ministry of Sint Maarten

 

Panel: Sustainable Energy

Moderator : Claire Hooft Graafland

Panellist:

  • Innovation Manager Aruba: Bianca Peters
  • Innovation Manager Montserrat: Adena Johnson
  • Innovation Manager Greenland: Lone Nukaaraq Møller

Topics:

  • Energy efficiency, reduction of dependency on fossil fuel and awareness building.
  • Stimulate and facilitate renewable Energy.
  • Tax/Incentives.
  • Legislation.
  • Changes at Electric utility.
  • Stimulate Electric transportation.
  • Financial aspects.

 

Panel: Services

Moderator: Milan Jezic von Gesseneck, Presentation

Panellist:

  • Innovation Manager Saint Barthélémy: Pascal Peuchot
  • Innovation Manager Cayman Islands: Jamaal Anderson
  • Innovation Manager British Virgin Islands: Lizette O. George

Situation, and opportunities for Innovation within:

  • Public services
  • Good Investment Climate
  • Transportation, ICT, and Marketing Infrastructure

 

Panel: Tourism

Moderator: Emil Lee, President Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association.

Panelist:

  • Innovation Manager Curacao: Fiona Curie
  • Innovation Manager Sint Eustatius, Roy Hooker
  • Innovation Manager St. Maarten: Hasani Ellis

Relevance of government to develop Niche markets:

  • Marine/Yachting
  • Medical Tourism
  • Sports Tourism / Water sports
  • Boutique Hotels
  • Gastronomy
  • Entertainment
  • Eco Tourism

 

Panel: Agriculture, Food Processing, Construction

Moderator : Jude Houston, Ministry of Sint Maarten

Panelist:

  • Innovation Manager Anguilla: Sherma Hodge
  • Innovation Manager St. Helena: Liz Johnson-Idan
  • Innovation manager Bonaire: Dianne Boelmans

Innovation opportunities in:

  • Agriculture
  • Food Processing
  • Construction

 

Panel: Green Economy. What will make it possible?

Moderator: Alan Cooper, Expert in Green Economy

Panelist:

  • Innovation Manager Aruba: Bianca Peters
  • Innovation Manager Turks and Caicos Islands: Alexa L. Cooper-Grant
  • Innovation Manager Cayman Islands: Jamaal Anderson

Transitionary challenges within :

  • Public policies
  • International Indicators
  • Raising Awareness

Closing Remarks: Hasani Ellis, Innovation manager Sint Maarten

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