The supervisory national committee of the National Innovation Strategy (NIS) held its first workshop on Monday (May 4, 2015) at Radisson Blu Hotel in Al-Khuwair for discussing four axes of the NIS.
The workshop involved members of both the national and the technical committees of the NIS. Dr. Sharifa Hamoud Al Harthiyah, Director of the NIS project at TRC, delivered a presentation on reviewing the structure and the system of the national innovation ecosystem, identifying its main pillars, how to develop the strategy and its concerned mechanisms, in addition to discussing how to involve relevant stakeholders in the country and how to form the technical teams involved in the development of each axis of the NIS that are intellectual property (IP) and technology transfer, human resources and the development of talent, the diversification of economy, and activating the interaction among the public, private and academic sectors.
The fifth axis of NIS on how to manage the National Innovation Strategy comprehensively will be discussed at later stages.
The technical teams of the supervisory committee gathered in groups for one hour and brainstormed the expected outcome of each axis of the NIS and how to create the integrated comprehensive structure among these axes and its comprehensive system as well as discussing how to integrate efforts among the relevant stakeholders for reaching the implementation of the National Innovation Strategy and activating the National Innovation Ecosystem.
The workshop involved representatives from all the ministries of the Sultanate and the private sectors at each axis of the National Innovation Strategy; 10 to 15 at each axis of the NIS.
The workshop was attended by representatives from each of the Secretariat of the Supreme Council for Planning, the Education Council, the Ministry of Higher Education, the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Manpower, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Public Authority for Investment Promotion and Export Development, the Central Bank of Oman, Oman Chamber of Commerce and Industry (OCCI), and the Information Technology Authority and TRC.
It is worth mentioning that the supervisory national committee of NIS in its first meeting for the year 2015, held on April 2, introduced participants to the NIS identifying priorities and agreeing on the general concept and perception on how to move forward in the NIS project and harmonizing its outputs with the existing strategies at the relevant institutions.