STISA-2024 outlines the key socio-economic priority areas that Africa has to collectively address through scientific research and development. It is the first of ten-year incremental phasing strategies that responds to the demand for STI across various socio-economic and development sectors by embedding STI into these sectors. These will ensure that STI is an effective multi-functional tool and enabler for achieving the continental development goals, namely, diversification and beneficiation of resources to optimise our socio-economic growth potential, and sustaining and extending the current economic performance.
The strategy is positioning STI to contribute towards Africa’s transition to a knowledge-based economy. More importantly, it articulates the specific actions required to develop STI capabilities and the supporting instruments that are critical for responding to Africa’s transformative agenda.