The Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI) is reviewing Ghana’s Science, Technology & Innovation (STI) Policy with support from the Science Granting Councils Initiative (SGCI).
The Minister for Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, Dr Kwaku Afriyie, disclosed this at a Learning Consolidation Workshop of the Science Granting Councils Initiative in Accra.
Ghana’s STI policy, according to the Minister, articulates the development and application of Science, Technology and Innovation in all the sectors of the Ghanaian economy, including agriculture, education, environment and climate change, health, industry, energy, ICT and mining among others.
He noted that through the SGCI, the ministry has received support technical and training on data management and Information Communication Technology (ICT) under the Evi-Pol Project.
Dr Afriyie added that the Ministry with technical support from the Uganda National Council for Science and Technology has been able to create and install an Online Grant Management Platform to manage research grants.
“In addition, MESTI has actively been involved in the Gender Equality and Inclusivity Project coordinated by the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC),” he stated.
He implored members of the Council to work together to create the needed platform for partnership.
“Whilst we continue to do great things in our institutions, it is equally important for us to work together to propagate them and tell the good stories around them.
“The onus lies on us to talk about them to create the needed platforms for partnership, and networks and to unlock private capital,” he added.
Ghana is a member of the council of the Science Granting Councils Initiative (SGCI), which is a platform of funding agencies from over 20 countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.
Richard Aniagyei, ISD