The African Scientific Technical and Research Innovation Council (ASRIC) is a continental platform to mobilize African research excellence, innovation and provide a platform for dialogue and voice of the scientific community in building and sustaining continental research-policy nexus with the aim of addressing Africa’s socio-economic development challenges.
The governance of the ASRIC consists of a Congress with a Bureau; a Scientific Committee; and a Secretariat. Establishment of ASRIC is a direct implementation of a decision of the AU policy organs . With the establishment of ASRIC, the continent will have a pan-African platform that serves as a voice for the African research community and will allow African scientists to be directly involved in research policy and programming process. This will expand and widen the spread of research in all sectors of development and knowledge generation. ASRIC will not only bring together the scientific community, but the funding agencies, the private sector, Civil Society, Entrepreneurs and business leaders and other stakeholders. It will be instrumental in the implementation of various AU development policies such as the Science Technology and Innovation Strategy for Africa (STISA-2024), Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP), Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA), and Accelerated Industrial Development in Africa (AIDA), that underpin science, research, technology and innovation. These continental development plans are part of the long-term, people-cantered Agenda 2063 which fosters among other things, social transformation and economic competitiveness, through human capital development, innovation, value addition, industrialisation and entrepreneurship.