Guyana and Regional: Innovation Monthly Newsletter – December 2021

Seasons Greetings! While we continue to live with the specter of COVID and its seemingly endless variants, it is vital that we reflect on and declare our thanks for that which was good in 2021. My colleagues and I would like to express our heart-felt appreciation to our collaborators, advisors, program participants, supporters and sponsors, as well as to friends and family, without whom we simply could not fulfill this mission.

Relating to the mission, for those who missed last month’s Global Entrepreneurship Week virtual event, please check out the highlights here.

In this month’s edition of the !nnovation Monthly, we are pleased to share quite a lot of stories of innovation in the Caribbean.  The world is beginning to see that there is much more to this region than might be believed or expected.  We are innovators!

Enjoy the holidays; and may your 2022 bring peace, joy, love, good health, and prosperity.

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                           NEWS AND INFORMATION

Caribbean Countries Adopt First-Ever Global Agreement on the Ethics of AI

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) says the Caribbean and all other member states have adopted an historic agreement that defines the common values and principles needed to ensure the healthy development of artificial intelligence (AI).

OECS Launches Entrepreneurs Incubation and Acceleration Programme

The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Commission welcomed the first cohort of entrepreneurs to its incubation and acceleration programme TECHIE; Technology Competitiveness Hub for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

AI Startup and Ambitious Founder Aim to Reverse Brain Drain in Guyana

Most recent talk of Guyana has revolved around its oil and gas boom, which, having turned the country’s fortunes on its head, also provided the thrust behind this small slice of South America becoming the fastest growing economy in the world in 2019.

Savings Game App Launched in St. Vincent

The launch of the Savings Game app here in St. Vincent and the Grenadines is being flagged as a tool to foster a culture of saving to drive business development.

Investments Bring Electricity to More Haitian Households

USAID helps a Haiti-based company bring solar energy to more families.

Dominican Republic Takes Steps Towards Integration with Central America

The Dominican government is moving forward in the integration of services and other productive sectors with Central American countries.

The Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce & Industry (CACCI) Opens New Headquarters in New York City

The New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), Department of Small Business Services (SBS) and elected officials celebrate the grand opening of the Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CACCI) headquarters.

Guyanese Drone Company Partners with International Firm to Tap ‘Oil’ Opportunities

A local drone solutions company, GuyDrones, has enhanced its capacity by partnering with DroNet, a firm based in the United Kingdom (UK), which has the largest drones for surveillance and logistics to support the operations aboard Floating Production Storage and Offloading ships (FPSO).

Clean Energy Development in the Dominican Republic for LAC

InterEnergy Group, one of the largest providers of clean energy in the Caribbean and Latin America, and Bank of America, one of the world’s leading financial institutions, announced their collaboration in the financing of InterEnergy’s project to develop wind and solar energy and the installation of electric vehicle charging stations in the Caribbean and Latin America.

Caribbean Transit Solutions, a Fleet Management Startup Launches in Barbados

Time is the only currency we have,” says Barbadian innovator Khalil Bryan, “so spend it doing things that matter to you and with people who matter to you.”

IDB Seeking to Promote Digital Transformation in LAC

President of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Mauricio Claver-Carone has held talks with the executive officer of Telefónica, José María Álvarez-Pallete aimed at strengthening the institutional alliance and to continue promoting inclusive digital transformation in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC).

DEXIA Signs Off on Pilot Agricultural Project with Young Entrepreneurs 

With a recent contract signing at the Agency’s Bayfront head office, the Dominica Export Import Agency (DEXIA) has cemented a one-year deal with two young entrepreneurs to implement their Ceres Agriculture e-commerce app, which will collect and process data on sales of fresh produce received and processed at DEXIA’s Multi-Purpose Pack Houses (MPPH).Amber Innovations to Help Companies Fill Technical Needs with Resources-for-Hire Service

Businesses across Jamaica can now outsource a full technology team to fill technical gaps, and strengthen their core operations with Amber Innovations’ recently launched ‘Hire Resource Services’.Five Nobel Prize Winners Speak with Students from LAC

United for Science is an event where students from Latin America and the Caribbean speak with five Nobel Laureates about how science and scientists can make a positive impact in the most effective way on society.JTDA Launches Caribbean Tech Alliance Fund

The Jamaica Technology and Digital Alliance (JTDA) has partnered with RealDecoy, a global digital commerce company, to develop a crowdfunding platform for local and Caribbean tech projects and fund-raisers.Haiti: $65MM from the IDB for the Extension of Caracol Industrial Park

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) approved $65 million of non-reimbursable financing to contribute to the sustainable economic development of northern Haiti by promoting the necessary conditions for the establishment and expansion of companies in the Caracol Industrial Park (CIP), in the north of the country.

EVENTS – Caribbean Connections Presents: A Holiday Potpourri Trivia Online Event

Join the New York Public Library for a year-end virtual Holiday Potpourri Trivia event! Come test your knowledge on a variety of topics about Caribbean books, music, culture, history and much more.

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