The Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Dr. Andrew Wheatley, says he will, in the next few days, submit the proposed National Science Technology and Innovation Policy, NST&I, to cabinet for its consideration.
Speaking in the recent Sectoral Debates, Minister Wheatley says he’s proud of the work that his team at the Ministry has done within 2 years of taking office, to craft a realistic policy, 15 years after the call first emerged for the document to be updated.
Minister Wheatley says the vision of a Jamaican society and economy that are globally competitive, sustainably developed and boasting long term resilience, can only be achieved through the application of science, technology and innovation.
He says both Jamaica’s current and future generations of brilliant scientific minds must be thinking of creating the next big thing in technology or developing the next great innovation, within the context of a modern national policy and strategy.
According to the Minister the NST&I will be governed by a national implementation plan.
It will align the strategic operations of all government ministries, agencies and departments along with relevant academic and private bodies. Minister Wheatley says the policy will serve as that catalyzing agent, pulling together the various links on the chain within the scientific community.
He says the policy is an important step in building for Jamaica, a reputation as a country serious about using science and technology to drive innovation and the solution of modern day problems.