REPUBLIC OF KENYA MINISTRY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION POLICY AND STRATEGY
Vision A nation that harnesses science, technology and innovation to foster global competitiveness for wealth creation, national prosperity and a high quality of life for its people Mission To mainstream application of science, technology and innovation in all sectors and processes of the economy to ensure that Kenyans benefit from acquisition and utilisation of available capacities and capabilities to achieve the objectives of Vision 2030
FOREWORD BY THE HON. MINISTER
The Kenya Government has been implementing the Economic Recovery Strategy for Wealth and Employment Creation (ERSWEC) since 2003, as its medium term plan to address development challenges of economic growth and poverty alleviation. In its long term development strategy, outlined in Vision 2030, the Government of Kenya envisages a nation that is globally competitive and prosperous with a high quality of life by the year 2030. In pursuit of the vision, Science, Technology and Innovation will be harnessed to stimulate technological and industrial transformation that will lead to sustained economic growth of 10 per cent per annum, and social well‐being in the next 25 years. The economic recovery gains that have been made in the last few years and the envisaged Vision 2030 goals provide an opportunity for Kenya to position herself strategically on the global scene. The Government therefore, formulated this National Science, Technology and Innovation (ST&I) Policy and Strategy to guide and promote focused integration of ST&I in all sectors of the economy. Specific emphasis will be placed on identified National Priority Growth Sectors that have high potential to harness ST&I in attaining the targeted 10% annual economic growth. In order to realize the above, the Government commits itself to facilitate the identification, acquisition, transfer, diffusion and application of relevant ST&I knowledge in all sectors of the economy. In this regard, the Government seeks the concerted and supportive efforts by all stakeholders in the Kenyan national innovation system to re‐engineer structures, institutions and sectoral policies or successful implementation of the ST&I Policy and Strategy. In conclusion, I call upon all stakeholders to embrace and implement this policy and strategy by making the ST&I to be a component of their institutional and sectoral strategies. Hon. Dr. Noah Wekesa, MP, EGH. Minister for Science and Technology
STATEMENT BY THE PERMANENT SECRETARY The new National Science, Technology and Innovation (ST&I) Policy and Strategy underscores the importance of mainstreaming science, technology and innovation in all sectors of the economy and ensure that Kenyans benefit from acquisition and utilization of available ST&I capacities and capabilities to improve their quality of life. The (ST&I) policy and strategy, therefore, provides a framework for harmonized and coordinated approach to create a robust knowledge‐based economy that is centred on self‐reliance and equitable development. Through this policy and strategy, the Government will harness Kenya’s collective talents and creativity to promote capacity building in ST&I human, financial and infrastructure development and effective networks and linkages for knowledge generation and sharing. Strengthened science, mathematics and language skills will be critical in supporting Kenya’s scientific, engineering and technology base. Equally important will be creating the enabling environment to apply these skills into ...
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