What is NACI
The National Advisory Council on Innovation (NACI) has been created by legislation and the NACI Council is appointed by the Minister for Science and Technology to advise him/her, and through the Minister, the Cabinet, on the role and contribution of science, mathematics, innovation and technology, including indigenous technologies, in promoting and achieving national objectives, namely to:
- improve and sustain the quality of life of all South Africans
- develop human resources for science and technology
- build the economy
- strengthen the country’s competitiveness in the international sphere.
The membership of NACI is broadly representative of all sectors and is constituted in a manner that ensures a spread of expertise and experience regarding: national and provincial interests; scientific and technological disciplines innovation the needs and opportunities in different socio-economic fields; and research and development in all sectors.
White Paper on Science & Technology – Preparing for the 21st Century
The stimulation of a national system of innovation will be central to the empowerment of all South Africans as they seek to achieve social, political, economic, and environmental goals. The development of innovative ideas, products, institutional arrangements and processes will enable the country to address more effectively the needs and aspirations of its citizens. This is particularly important within the context of the demands of global economic competitiveness, sustainable development and equity considerations related to the legacies of our past. A well-managed and properly functioning national system of innovation will make it possible for all South Africans to enjoy the economic, socio-political and intellectual benefits of science and technology
The members of NACI, other than the CEO and the officer from DTI, are appointed in their personal capacity due to their outstanding achievement in any field of Science & Technology, or in the context of innovation, special knowledge, experience and insight into the role and contribution of innovation, in promoting and achieving national and provincial objectives.
The duties of the Executive Committee (ExCo) are to dispose of matters determined by the Council. The ExCo’s terms of reference and decision-making power for each matter referred, are decided by NACI. The ExCo meets every month.