Summit on STI White Paper in the Pipeline

Department of Science and Technology

A high-level Summit on the Draft Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) White Paper is planned for 9 November 2018 to be held at the University of Pretoria.

The science and technology department announced this during a briefing on the Draft White Paper on STI in parliament.

The department pointed out that a new policy on STI was necessary as the national system of innovation had not yet realised its potential to assist with South Africa’s socio-economic challenges.

The policy proposals include inclusive national system of innovation governance, enabling innovation, expand and transform human resources and the research system and improved funding.

The department clarified that the Draft White Paper will be implemented via innovation decadal plans informed by foresight studies, performance reviews and consultation with implementation partners.

Comment on the Draft White Paper was invited in September 2018.

The aim of the Summit is to interact with high-level representatives from government, the science and technology committee, academia, business and civil society on the finalisation of the White Paper.

Following the Summit, the Draft White Paper will be reworked.

Meanwhile, the department has, in a statement, welcomed the release of the 2016/17 R&D Survey Results by the Statistician-General.

The Survey indicates that gross spending on R&D in South Africa amounted to R35,693 billion in
2016/17, an increase of 10.4% in nominal terms over the previous year.

The headcount of R&D personnel in the country increased by 5 098 to 80 029 in 2016/17.

“As a department, we look forward to finalising the draft White Paper on STI as it presents a paradigm shift, and we remain determined to double the country’s expenditure on R&D as a percentage of the country's gross domestic product to 1.5% over the next decade.”

Sabinet Cape Town Office