DSTI By Legislation Consultation Programs and Schedules

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OVERVIEW

The Directorate of Science Technology and Innovation (DSTI) was set up and currently operates on a policy adopted by Cabinet in 2018. As stated by His Excellency the President Rtd. Brid. Julius Maada Bio, “Science and technology is the bedrock for the development of any modern economy. My Government is setting up a Directorate for Science, Technology, and Innovation to develop a framework for scientific research”. The operations of DSTI commenced with the recruitment of Sierra Leone’s 1st Chief Innovation Officer Dr. David Sengeh and core staff members, who with the support of the Tony Blair Institute set out a roadmap for the operationalization of the Directorate. Its set up and functioning has since 2018 been midwife under the Office of the President through the Office of the Chief Minister. 

With a vision to use science, technology, and innovation to support the Government of  Sierra Leone to deliver effectively and efficiently on its national development plan; DSTI currently leads the process to transform Sierra Leone into an innovation and entrepreneurship hub. With a current staff strength of 54, the Directorate leads, supports, promotes facilitates, and assists in the creation of an environment that is conducive to:  

  1. Ensuring interoperability and standards in the acquisition, designing, development, and deploymentofdigitaland innovativesystemsand servicesacross Ministries Departments and Agencies.   
  2. Improved collaboration in data analytics, scientific and technological research and development between and amongst Government agencies, educational institutions, and research communities within and outside Sierra Leone;  
  3. Developing digital technologies and data-driven innovation; and market openness in Sierra Leone’s digital business environments for purposes of transforming the ecosystem for entrepreneurship. 
  4. Facilitating investment in pilot plans, processes, demonstration, and prototype development to enable rapid positive exploitation of technologies which are developed in the country. 

The crafting and adoption of the National Innovation and Digital Strategy (NIDS) a 10-year plan, seeks to promote digitization for all: economy, Identity, and Governance. That notwithstanding, a comprehensive legal and regulatory framework is required for the establishment of a robust public agency that would promote the implementation of an e-economy, e-governance, and related programs to enhance human capital and national development that will not be stifled if managed by a regulatory agency. 

Consultative Process
Promoting Inclusive Government Consultation is a must. Citizens and stakeholders’ views and feedback on policies, plans, and proposal is critical in any consultative process. In the absence of any legal framework in Sierra Leone to guide the consultative process, reference has been made to range of techniques and methods to consult citizens and stakeholders.

Given the status of the pandemic, restricted face-to-face engagement, focus group discussion, restricted community engagement, and online public engagement have been opted for.

Shedule of programs

4th May 2021 - First Consultation

18th May 2021 - Focus Group Discussions

27th May 2021 - Webinar

26th May – 9th June 2021 - DSTI National Tour

Will soon be updated

TBD - Meeting with a cross section of Parliament

Will soon be updated.

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DSTI by Legislation - Consultation

Consultation Program - schedule

Consultative Paper1


Sierra Leone National Innovation and Digital Strategy

Sierra Leone Digital Transformation Roadmap


National ICT Policy


DSTI by Legislation - Report

DSTI by Legislation - Focus Group Consultation slides

Tech Consultation

Additional Details

Panelists

Event Organizers

The Directorate of Science Technology and Innovation (DSTI)

Contact Email - info@dsti.gov.sl

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Event Panelists

Michaella George, Dr. David Moinina Sengeh, Shane OConnor, Mariama Anthony Williams, Professor David Francis, PJ Cole, David Manley, Salima Bah, Bineta Diop, Mario Mackay, Mary Fornah, James Ade Williams, Sahid Kamara

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Date And Time

2021-05-27 @ 02:00 PM to
2021-05-27 @ 03:00 PM
 

Location

Online event

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