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No sales tax on computers (2)

Posted on January 20, 2013 at 9:35 AM Comments comments (2)

It will be in the paper and other media on Monday. 


 

After our letter was on the front page of Antilliaansdag Blad and in other media.  Parliament did not raise the sales tax on computers.  We are still on track 3.0.  but we are only at the beginning.

 


But we move on to the next issue.

No sales tax on computers

Posted on January 19, 2013 at 10:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Ok , the media gets the message. 


WILLEMSTAD - De omzetbelasting op computers moet helemaal worden afgeschaft. Dat zegt het Kennisplatform Curaçao (KC) in brief aan de ministerraad. Die is van plan om de OB juist te verhogen van 6 naar 9 procent. De overheid ziet de computer als een luxe-artikel en hanteert daarom het duurdere OB-tarief. Volgens het KC leidt een verhoging van de kosten van computers tot een digitale scheiding tussen arm en rijk en remt het de economische ontwikkeling van het eiland.  (http://www.qracao.com/index.php/nieuws-vandaag/5390-kennisplatform-geen-ob-op-computers, Accessed on 19 January 2013)

 

 


The question is if the government gets it.

UTS in investing in an additional submarine cable

Posted on January 18, 2013 at 7:00 AM Comments comments (0)

UTS in investing in a additional submarine cable.  This is good because we need the best internet possible.  I believe that in the K-Zone we need the best internet on the island to enable the partners to cross sector innovate.


Amigoe 17 January 2013


UTS invests in new sea cable Thursday, 17 January 2013 13:18

 

WILLEMSTAD — In the coming years telecommunication company UTS will invest 35 million guilders in laying a new sea cable.This new cable, the Pacific Caribbean Cable System (PCCS) is to connect Curaçao – via Aruba and Panama – with the United States. According to UTS-director Paul de Geus, this new sea cable will expand the broadband capacity of UTS. In due course the internet prices on the island will go down. 

The PCCS-agreement was signed in December 2012. The sea cable will be 6000 kilometers long and run from Manta in Ecuador to Jacksonville, Florida (USA). With that the system also connects the islands of Tortola, Puerto Rico, Columbia (Cartagena), Panama (Maria Chiquita and Balboa), Aruba and Curaçao. The contract was signed late last year on Aruba by telecommunication companies: Cable & Wireless Communications, the Aruban Setar, Telconet, Telefónica Global Solutions and UTS from Curaçao. It is the intention that the cable be operational in 2014, said the UTS-director.

According to De Geus, the sea cable is part of a wide series of new investments by UTS in the coming years. The UTS-director mentioned an amount of 200 million guilders in total. This amount will be used to invest in the telecom-infrastructure, UTS’ local mobile and regular telephone network, and subscription channel TDS and the aforementioned sea cable. De Geus stated a partial loan with a consortium of local banks – led by the MCB – will be negotiated for the investments. 100 million guilders is involved with this loan. The own capital of UTS will be used for the rest of the investments, said De Geus.

 

(http://amigoe.com/english/142598-uts-invests-in-new-sea-cable, Accessed on 20 January 2013)

Knowledge Platform Curacao 3.0

Posted on January 17, 2013 at 11:30 PM Comments comments (0)


I am in the first meeting of the KP in this year.  This is also a kind of board of the K-Zone. Today we meet at the Bureau Telecommunication.  The people start walking in. In the meanwhile we start sharing information.  The topic is the increase of sales tax on computers by the new government. We discuss a lot but we agree from the start:  An island  that wants to develop the ICT sector cannot increase taxes on ICT product.  I hear someone say, we are going to send a letter to the government explaining our position.  I think it will be too late.  But let us do it anyway. 

 

The discussion evolves.  “We lack a master plan how to develop the island.”  "Yes, a French consultant is finishing a report but nobody has seen."  But what are we discussing. ICT is basic.  Whatever we do our basis must be a competitive ICT infrastructure.  I wonder if everybody gets it. I wonder if the decision makers get it.

 

 

Why do the partners do not connect?

Posted on January 15, 2013 at 6:00 AM Comments comments (0)

So if everything is in place but the K-Zone is not excelarating. How come?  First of all because the take off is always slow and consumes a lot of energy.  Secondly there is no political sponsoring.  In Curacao actors always look at the government before they move.  It is a habit.  There is no real explanation for this.  Secondly the K-Zone needs some organization.  A board must be formed.


Why is there no political sponsorship?  The concept has not been properly explained to the minister.  And why is there no board.  The members have not shown intrest in forming a board.  There are several reasons.  The partners are focussing on their own organization.  They do not believe in synergy.  Some even hope that the K-Zone will not even happen, because they fear their autonomy.  As I alreay explained on the island we favor indididuualism  over collectivism.

If the K-Zone is there, why is it not happening?

Posted on January 13, 2013 at 9:15 PM Comments comments (0)

The thesis research answered this question. 


"Both from theory and from practice, the K-Zone has potential to uplift a small island

developing state. However, what is needed is more cooperation, that can generate synergy.

This can be made possible through making the K-Zone an official organization, with frequent

Meetings, a strategy, clear responsibilities for partnering organizations and clear goals." (http://www.knowledge-zone.com/Scripties/Kzone%20thesis%202012.pdf)


It is about cooperation.  Why do partners in the zone do not intensify their cooperation?  There are many possible explanations:

Lack of vision.  They do just not see it.

They are struggling with internal issues.

Lack of resources.

Afraid to lose their autonomy.


The zone will develop if the partners start to connect, communicate and share information.  Opportunities will be identified and joint ventures will be started.


But collaboration is not the nature of the island.  The famous author Boeli van Leeuwen once wrote: All chiefs and no Indians  The current crisis is an opportunity it will force us all to collaborate to come out of this crisis.


Curacao 3.0 is about collaboration.


A lot happening is not the same as progress (part 2)

Posted on January 12, 2013 at 12:30 PM Comments comments (0)



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Jacob Gelt Dekker: Major Change almost always comes from the outside. What external forces could effect Curacao?

1. Succession chaos in Venezuela.

2. Migration of Assad crowd to Venezuela.

3. Power transition in Cuba.

4. Drop in oil revenues and closure of the refinary (RdK/Pdvsa).

5. Recovery economy in USA.

6. Recession in Europe.


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Jan Wester: Scaricity will make the island more creative. Time for creative Creative Curacao!

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Alex David Rosaria: If you want to be a good 747 pilot, you have to be a good pilot first. We cannot pretend to start excelling in the international arena without first taking care of the basics: productivity (competitiveness), flexibility of capital and labor,reduction ...See More

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Frederik P. van Beetz:  We need a paradigma shift.

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Miguel Goede: Alex David Rosaria, everybody agrees on that. What I am saying is embrase ICT and focus on creative investors who are already here.

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Alex David Rosaria: One of the first things we need to answer is: do we still want a monetary union with StMaarten. If the answer is affirmative, we should start moving our fannies in order to coordinate our macroeconomic policy. We are, I think, the only monetary union without any kind of coordination and or harmonization of macroeconomic policy. One thing is for sure: monetary union does not just happen.

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Alex David Rosaria: I do not disagree with you. But how can we agree to build an extra bedroom to the house if we do not even know if we are going to stay married, getting a divorce or agree how we are going to make the marriage work.

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Miguel Goede There are structural things, projects, quick wins. What I am proposing is that while we are dealing with stuctural matters invite the partners of the kzone (http://www.knowledge-zone.com/partners.htm) to work on synergy. TNO (Jan Wester) calls this cross sector innovation.

 

Miguel Goede: Please, Alex David Rosaria, Jacob Gelt Dekker, Frederik P. van Beetz, watch this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c-M77C2ejTw And please try to explain why this project has not been implemented in 5 years on thisisland? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wd0EztCb6zo Getting an eduaction and having a job is a human right. Please, do not just read and watch, but also reply.

 

OLPCMission, Part 1: Principles and Child Empowerment

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One Laptopper Child: http://laptop.org/ It's an education project, not a laptop.

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Miguel Goede http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qMeX2D4AOjM

 

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Miguel Goede: Biobasedeconomy, bio economy or bio techonomy refers to all economic activity derived from scientific and research activity focused on biotechnology - in other words, on understanding mechanisms and processes at the genetic and molecular levels and its ...See More

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Brenda Benjamin: Many problems, multiple solutions, limited time, limited resources. We will need multi-disciplinary, cross sectoral teams (think tanks) to simultaneously work on these problems and come with solutions. There is no easy answer.

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Ronald Rouse Quite true.

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Miguel Goede: Not true.We have many good people sitting at home, including Ronald Rouse. Many project are quick wins, no brainers. The K-Zone is there. A recent evaluation states: "8.6 Conclusion

Both from theory and from practice, the K-Zone has potential.

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Brenda Benjamin: I hope we will make use of every inch of potential we have on this island. We can't afford not to...

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Miguel Goede: Local example of cross sectoral innovation: "Ctex als nieuw lid van Cifa

Gegevens Gepubliceerd op woensdag 05 september 2012 23:10

Tijdens de Algemene Ledenvergadering van Cifa (Curaçao International FinancialServices Association) is Curaçao Techno...See More

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Ronald Rouse: We need to look at the LEAN Philosopy (efficiency, effectivity, eliminate waste, etc...)and adapt it to everything across the board "LEAN Curacao", Public,Private, and Social Sectors.

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Miguel Goede:  Inclusive Curaçao. The right person on the right place

 

 


A member of parliament has similar ideas

Posted on January 11, 2013 at 7:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Yesterday on 10 January 2013 a member of parliament supporting the government coalition in an interview at the radio station Z86, exposed ideas similar to the K-Zone.  This is encouraging.  I mailed him several of our publications on the project. We should invite him at our next meeting.

News from the K-Zone: Carmabi

Posted on January 9, 2013 at 10:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Carmabi Science Center is open for business.  So individual partners are making progress.  It is time for a conference with all the partners.


Carmabi Science Center in gebruik dinsdag,

08 januari 2013 09:26

WILLEMSTAD — Het Carmabi Science Center (CSC) is, hoewel nog niet helemaal voltooid, al wel open ‘for business’. Een eerste lichting studenten heeft er onderdak gevonden om deel te nemen aan een cursus die het CSC organiseert. Het betreft een kennisuitwisseling georganiseerd op Curaçao met studenten van de Universiteit van Amsterdam (UvA). Met het nieuwe onderzoekscentrum wil Carmabi het wetenschappelijk toerisme verder bevorderen.

(http://www.amigoe.com/curacao/141809-carmabi-science-center-in-gebruik, Accessed 8 January 2013)



 


Innovating Carnival

Posted on January 8, 2013 at 5:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Carnival in Curacao is world famous.  It is a big success that has been exported to Europe, Rotterdam in the Netherlands.  It is the season during which the creativity of the people is shown. But as the theory states creativity alone does not lead to creative economy or experience economy.  Management skills and talent for business is also required. 


In Trinidad for example you can order a custom via internet, fly in and join the locals in their Carnival celebration.


In the K-Zone there are opportunities for cross sector innovation of Carnival.  For example: we can organize a jump-up march on the mega peer for tourist.  They can buy a ticket and a T-shirt on board.  At five o'clock before the ship sails there will be a jump up in front of the ships where visitors and local meet.  This is a unique concept because nowhere in the world there is something like this.  It will make that tourist become interested to visit again during the carnival season.


To make this possible the organizers of the Carnival, the tourist bureau (CTB), the CHATA association and the port authority (CPA) should collaborate. 


This project will generate jobs.  But it is the kind of event that will attract the creative class.


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