The Commission envisions that Science, Technology and Innovation (ST&I) will be integral to Jamaica’s social, environmental and economic welfare through well-established cross-sectoral linkages working within an organized, dynamic and responsive ST&I system.
ROLE AND FUNCTION
Promote the sustainable development and utilization of local science and technology capabilities, for competitive and profitable production through education of the populace, partnership of government, private sector, academic institutions and such other bodies or institutions.
To facilitate the formation of strategic partnerships towards advancing the implementation of the national science, technology and innovation (ST &I) policy and playing a fundamental role in the creation of wealth and improving the quality of life for Jamaicans.
STRATEGIC OBJECTIVES/ MANDATE
As a co-ordinating organization, NCST’s success is measured by the collective performance of the S&T sector. The following Strategic Objectives establish desired achievements of the S&T sector in order to ensure the achievement of the National Vision.
- To build awareness of the relevance and importance of scientific and technological innovation in Jamaica’s growth and development
- To contribute to Jamaica’s sustainable development by creating an enabling environment which facilitates the building of its ST&I capacity
The Commission was instituted in 1993 and legislated in 2007, and is chaired by the Prime Minister, the Deputy Chair is the Ministry with responsibility for Science and Technology. The Commission was inactive for several years and has been resuscitation since October, 2014. The newly reconstituted Board had its first meeting on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM). Professor the Honourable Errol Morrison was appointed Director General of the Secretariat, along with the other members of staff were confirmed at this meeting. The charge was given for the establishment of the National Nutraceutical Industry in Jamaica, which embraces our cultural science and indigenous knowledge towards securing greater economic returns commensurate with Jamaica’s natural wealth. In general, efforts were to be concentrated on initiatives that use the advantage Jamaica has in its natural stock. There was a hope that with re-energized focus on Science and Technology (S&T) this could help to fast track our embracing a logistics centred economy, in an effort to move this country forward.
The achievements of the Commission’s mandates can only be had through partnerships and commitment from various agencies aligning their mandates and nurturing synergistic relationships to strengthen our response to the challenges and development agenda of our country through the integration of science and technology.
Priority Policy Issues 2015/17
- Facilitate the development of the new science and technology and innovation policy as a tool for sustainable national development aligned to Vision 2030
- Reduce the information gap on the availability of R&D indicators and up-to-date information on the performance of the sector
- Overcome challenges impacting the systematic collection of statistical data and information on R&D and S&T activities employing methodologies consistent with international standards and comparisons
- Contribute to the development of local institutional capacity for systematic measuring of R&D inputs in the public and private sectors
- Establish the framework for a functional National Nutraceutical industry (NNI)
- To promote infrastructure development among science and technology institutions for improving and attracting returns on public spending