Launch of Nacosti Strategic Plan 2018-2022 & National Research Priorities for 2018-2022; and Iso 9001:2015 Certification
National Commission for Science, Technology and Innovation (NACOSTI) chairman Prof Tom Ogada has vowed that the Commission will help trans- form lives through science. This is by achieving the Big 4 Agenda through science, technology and innovation and ultimately, Kenya Vision 2030.
Prof Ogada said this during the launch of the Commission’s latest strategic plan and national research priorities as well as the unveiling of the ISO 9001:2015 certificate awarded by the Kenya Bureau of Standards.
“We want to emphasise on and support science, technology and innovation activities that can positively change the lives of Kenyans,” he stressed.
Prof Ogada said because carrying out research is an expensive undertaking yet resources are scare, NACOSTI has worked with other stakeholders to identify national research priorities.
“So, resources from government and development partners will only be invested for the greatest impact; for tangible results in the economy,” he said.
He added: “NACOSTI will monitor and evaluate the research areas being supported by government and to what extent they have led to tangible results. In Africa, Kenya is among the few nations doing that: prioritizing national research areas. We believe in implementing the national research priorities as they will contribute to achieving the Big 4 Agenda through science, technology and innovation.”
He said that through a consultative process that began in May 2018, NACOSTI and other agencies have identified research areas which should be funded to truly impact the economy. He added that since NACOSTI’s mission is to facilitate quality in research through regulation, promotion and provision of advisory services, it has invested in the ISO 9001:2015 quality management system.
“This enables NACOSTI to provide leadership in the science, technology and innovation sector,” Prof Ogada explained
He revealed that the Commission’s 2018-2022 strategic plan will address challenges identified during the implementation of the previous plan.
This document outlines NACOSTI’s strategic focus in the next five years and details how the Commission will support the science, technology and innovation sector to thrive and boost the economy. In the foreword to the strategic plan, the NACOSTI Board Chairman notes that the sector must rise to the occasion.
Says Prof Ogada: “As the Kenyan economy transforms to a knowledge-based one, the Science, Technology and Innovation sector has to position itself to effectively play its critical role.”
Prof. Peter Migun Ogada