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NATIONAL ADVISORY COUNCIL ON INNOVATION PRESENTATION TO THE PARLIAMENT PORTFOLIO COMMITTEE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY. 19 FEBRUARY 2008.

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National advisory council on innovation

NATIONAL ADVISORY COUNCIL ON INNOVATION

PRESENTATION TO THE PARLIAMENT PORTFOLIO COMMITTEE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

19 FEBRUARY 2008


Mandate

The statutory mandate of the National Advisory Council on Innovation (NACI) is to provide Minister of Science and Technology with advice pertaining to the National System of Innovation

MANDATE:


Advice

Advice:

must,

  • enhance the Minister’s decision-making capabilities

  • be relevant and pro-active

  • be evidence-based

    AND

    aimed at,

  • positioning S&T and innovation as the key drivers for economic growth


Advice1

Advice:

aimed at,

  • mobilising innovation to improve SA’s international competitiveness

  • improves quality life of all South Africans

  • optimising performance of NSI, including women


Type and levels of advice

Type and levels of advice

Quick response advice

expertise, councilors, networks, internet, etc

Researched advice

commissioned research

MINISTER OF Science & Technology

Beyond-the-horizon advice

think-tanks, future studies

Briefings

combination of above

Annual Advice

combination of above


Who is naci

Who is NACI?

  • The MEMBERS, including the chairperson, all serve in PART-TIME capacities

  • Two members, namely DG: DST and a representative of DTI are ex-officio government officials

  • Members have a broad expertise and experience in all spheres of the scientific, technological and innovation disciplines


Who is naci1

Who is NACI?

  • Meets 4 times per year for plenary sessions

  • Has 5-members Executive committee

  • Full-time NACI-secretariat


Key highlights in the past year

KEY HIGHLIGHTS IN THE PAST YEAR

  • NACI participated in the OECD country review of the South African NSI by producing the background report

  • Policy on gender and race equity in SET

  • Launch of the National Biotechnology Advisory Committee

  • Advice on physical infrastructure for S&T in South Africa


Oecd review

OECD REVIEW

NACI, key in facilitating the visit by OECD team TO EVALUATE THE SA NATIONAL SYSTEM OF INNOVATION

Advice on implementation on recommendation: 2008

NACI produces a BACKGROUND REPORT on NSI

  • Competitive overview of:

  • the economy

  • policies & structure of the NSI

  • financial and human capital inputs to the NSI

  • performance of the NSI

  • Strengths & weaknesses

  • Uniquely South African issues


Race gender equity policy framework

RACE & GENDER EQUITY POLICY FRAMEWORK

A SET4W OUTPUT (10 person NACI standing committee)

A race & gender equity policy framework within which institutions on the South African NSI can implement effective measures for ensuring that South Africans women participate fully in, and benefit from, innovative SET research, the production of SET products & the provision of SET services

growing innovation and R&D for competitiveness

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Contributes significantly to social development


Launch of the biotechnolgy advisory committee nbac

LAUNCH OF THE BIOTECHNOLGY ADVISORY COMMITTEE (NBAC)

From National Biotechnology Strategy (2001):

  • NBAC – to advise the Minister of Science and Technology on strategic development of biotechnology in South Africa

    KEY FUNCTIONS OF NBAC:

  • provide strategic advice and interpretation in the general development of the South African biotechnology sector

  • monitoring and advising on issues pertaining to biotechnology


Advice on physical infrastructure for s t in south african

ADVICE ON PHYSICAL INFRASTRUCTURE FOR S&T IN SOUTH AFRICAN

Physical Infrastructure: a combination of all the facilities required to provide the basis for education or research in a nation

Advice

  • Priority given to infrastructure that

    • maximises benefit to as many missions as possible

    • Is under threat if not given immediate attention

    • Has the potential to facilitate foreign direct investment, including in R&D

BASIS FOR DST’s long term S&T infrastructure plan


Other advice

Other Advice …

  • Development of a profile of Best Practice in the NSI:

    • Governance

    • Performance Monitoring

    • Technology Transfer

  • The role and Structure of NACI

    • Role

    • Members

    • Link between NACI & DST

    • Secretariat

    • NACI act


International liaison

INTERNATIONAL LIAISON

Approach towards international liaison:

  • International peer-evaluation of final reports

  • Briefing of foreign delegations & fact-finding missions

  • Participation in international conferences

  • NACI fact-finding missions to counterparts abroad


Outlook for 2007 2008

OUTLOOK FOR 2007/2008

  • NACI will continue to provide relevant, pro-active and evidence-based advice to the Minister of Science & Technology

  • Work in progress will be completed, and new studies are:

    • Projects following from the OECD

    • Review of the state of science and technology policy interaction in Africa and their implications

    • Regular reporting on the state of the NSI

    • South African system of providing science advice to government


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