To ensure proper coordination among line ministries within overall budgetary framework, and also with the private sector, it is expected to appoint a Committee of Officials comprising of Secretaries to HE the President, the Prime Minister, the Cabinet of Ministers including the Ministry of Finance and Planning and Science Technology and Research.
To facilitate the above the Coordinating Secretariat for Science, Technology & Innovation (COSTI) was established on 1st Feb 2013.
COSTI's main objectives are:
- Establishment of an Inter-Ministerial Steering Committee for Science Technology and Innovation to coordinate all activities including funding in Science Technology and Innovation with Ministers of Science, Technology and Research, Higher Education, Agriculture, Plantations, Industry and Commerce, National Resources and Enterprise Development, Education, Youth Affairs and Skills Development, Telecommunication and Information Technology and Information and Mass Media.
- Setting up of National Operational and Coordinating Councils
- Establishment of a Secretariat to centralize, institutionalize and support the Coordination and Monitoring activities related to ST&I.
- Development and operationalization of National Science, Technology & Innovation Coordination and Monitoring System (NSTICAMS) – a flexible, comprehensive National ICT Platform for coordination and Monitoring of all activities related to Science, Technology and Innovation across 17 ministries and more than 70 institutions.