BRUZZ St Helena
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We are proud and honoured to bring to an audience in Brussels the highest-level representatives from St Helena to outline opportunities for propelling innovation for development of this remote island. The Island of St Helena is one of the most isolated places on Earth. For centuries, this isolation has been driving the need for sustainable living, self-sufficiency and innovative solutions. To live and to operate business in this environment requires significant energy, knowledge, innovation and creativity.

Innovation comes in many forms on St Helena. In waste management, renewable energy – including an EU-funded bio-digester plant – community driven creativity, biodiversity, marine protection, transport improvements and tourism opportunities.

The high-level speakers scheduled at BRUZZ St Helena are: Lisa Phillips, Governor of St Helena; Roy Burke; ;Chief Secretary of St Helena; Robert Midwinter, Director of Enterprise, St Helena; Kedell Worbys MBE, St; Helena’s Representative to the UK; Janice Panton MBE, Head of OCTA’s Executive Committee and Montserrat’s Representative to the UK; Jean-Paul Joulia, Head of Unit, DG Devco, European Commission and Niall O’ Keeffe, Innovation Manager for St Helena.

Innovation in the remotest of places

OCTA Innovation’s Bruzz on 30th November 2016 puts the spotlight on innovation as a necessity in St Helena, one of the most isolated places on Earth. Niall O Keeffe, Chief Executive for Economic Development in St. Helena has initiated the event. read more.

BRUZZ - St Helena on the European stage

OCTA Innovation organises regular Bruzz events in Brussels. These give the opportunity to OCT personalities to address audiences throughout Europe, and further afield, about innovative developments in the Overseas Countries and Territories. read more.

Pilot project - Bio-digester plant for St.Helena

Work will begin shortly on building an anaerobic digestion plant for waste in St Helena under an EU-funded pilot project that will also put in place a management plan for its long-term operation. read more

A Marine Protected Area for St Helena

A 200 nautical mile Maritime Zone in the sea around St Helena has been designated a Marine Protected Area (MPA). The announcement was made at the 2016 ‘Our Ocean’ Conference hosted by US Secretary of State John Kerry in Washington DC on Thursday 15 September 2016. read more

EU-funded opportunities for students and trainees

Nationals of St. Helena should not miss out on the opportunity to apply for funding under the European Commission’s ERASMUS + programme. It gives the opportunity to academic students to spend either 3 to 12 months - or 2-12 months in the case of vocational trainees - in another EU country. read more

EYE for new entrepreneurs

Enterprise St. Helena (ESH) has been explaining to new business entrepreneurs the benefits of becoming an Erasmus Young Entrepreneur (EYE). This European Union funded programme offers new entrepreneurs an opportunity to improve their business acumen in another EU Member State. read more
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This newsletter is about OCT innovation activities. It is produced under the responsibility of the OCTA Innovation Team, not necessarily reflecting OCTA’s or the EU’s views. Contributors: Milan Jezic von Gesseneck, Niall O' Keeffe, Debra Percival.

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