The National Commission for Science, Technology, and Innovation (NACOSTI) facilitated a three-day training on the Science, Technology, and Innovation performance contracting indicator and reporting to the National Social Security Fund (NSSF) Focal Person and Champions on the 14th -16th June 2022. The training was convened by the NSSF.

In accordance with the purposes of the STI Act enactment, the Financial Year 2021/2022 Performance Contracting Guidelines (18th Cycle) released by the Ministry of Public Service and Gender incorporated a performance indicator on STI mainstreaming. The implementation of this indicator is to be coordinated by NACOSTI, and requires Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to mainstream STI into their operations, programmes and projects in line with provisions and aspirations of the STI Act. Accordingly, during the FY 2021/2022, MDAs are required to appoint an STI Focal Person and Champions to coordinate STI mainstreaming, and to document available Research, Technology, and Innovation, as well as human resource capacity as per guidelines provided by NACOSTI.

MDAs are required to develop an institutional STI Strategy to guide in the implementation of STI activities in their respective institutions. The key deliverable of the training was an STI strategy for NSSF. On his closing remarks the Ag. Manager Research & Development Mr. Omar Khamis said they would further engage NACOSTI in the spirit of continued improvements to enhance and improve on the STI strategy and other research related matters.

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