The Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI), which forms part of government machinery, was established in 1993 as the Ministry of Environment and Science. In 2006, the Ministry was dissolved. Its portfolios on Environment and Science were added to the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development (MLGRD); and the Ministry of Education respectively. In January 2009, the Ministry was reconstituted and named, Ministry of Environment, Science and Technology (MEST), under Executive Instrument (E.I.) 7 Civil Service (Ministries) Instrument, 2009.
However, in 2013, the Ministry was renamed Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI), under Executive Instrument (E.I.) 1 Civil Service (Ministries) Instrument, 2013.
The Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI) envisages to attain sustainable development through the utilization of Science, Technology and Innovation for wealth creation and sound environmental governance in a modern and competitive economy.
The Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI) exists to promote sustainable development by deepening and strengthening market driven Research and Development (R&D) for sound Environmental Governance, Science, Technology and Innovation through intensive awareness creation, collaboration and partnership.
Adopted Policy Objectives
The Ministry adopted the following eight (8) policy objectives from the Ghana Shared Growth Development Agenda (GSGDA II);
- Strengthen institutional and regulatory frameworks for sustainable natural resource management;
- Reduce loss of biodiversity;
- Enhance capacity to adapt to climate change impacts;
- Promote green economy;
- Promote the application of Science, Technology and Innovation in all sectors of the economy;
- Strengthen the institutional framework to promote the development of research and its application;
- Strengthen policy formulation, development planning, and M&E processes for equitable and balanced spatial and socio- economic development; and
- Promote a sustainable, spatially integrated and orderly development of human settlements.
The Ministry Headquarters has six (6) Directorates, the four (4) line Directorates specified by the Civil Service Law, 1933 (PNDCL 327); namely Finance and Administration Directorate (F&A), Human Resource Management Directorate (HR), Policy, Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Directorate (PPME), and Research, Statistics and Information Management Directorate (RSIM) and then two (2) technical directorates- the Environment Directorate and the Science, Technology and Innovation Directorates (STI). The Ministry is headed by a Minister, who is supported by a Deputy Minister. There is a Chief Director who is the administrative head, supported by six (6) Directors heading each of the directorates.
Finance and Administration (F&A) Directorate
The Finance and Administration Directorate handles the administrative business of the Ministry by ensuring that services and facilities necessary to support the efficient performance of the functions of the Ministry are available. The Directorate pursues the interest of the Ministry in all financial transactions relating to revenue and expenditure and ensures good financial administration by the implementing agencies. The F&A directorate has under it, the Accounting Unit which deals with general accounting and management of the Ministry’s approved Budget.
Human Resource Development (HRD) Directorate
The Human Resource Development (HRD) Directorate ensures the availability of the requisite and adequately trained manpower for the effective operations of the Ministry, the Environment, Science and Technology sector of the economy through modern human resource planning and management. The HRD has the managerial responsibility of ensuring that the Environment, Science and Technology Institutes produce the requisite manpower skills for the effective performance of the sector. The HRD therefore liaises with the Office of the Head of Civil Service (OHCS), the Public Services Commission (PSC) and the Scholarship Secretariat as well as local and international training institutions for the realization of their objectives. The Directorate also ensures that approved personnel policies of the Ministry on employment, personnel records, and training are translated into good management practices and effectively carried out.
Research, Statistics and Information Management (RSIM)
The Function of the RSIM Directorate provides the needed ingredients for policy formulation and decision-making through collection and analysis of data, operations, research and documentation. The directorate projects the image of the Environment, Science and Technology sector both within and outside the country by disseminating information through its Public Relations and Information Unit on government policies, activities and procedures. RSIM does this by providing relevant feedback which serves as information to the government and the general public on the impact of government policies and the general performance of the sector.
Policy, Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation (PPME)
The PPME directorate is responsible for the development of comprehensive and sustainable policies, legislations, plans, programmes and resource flow to the sector in collaboration with the relevant stakeholders. The PPME directorate caters for the design and application of monitoring and evaluation systems for purposes of assessing the operational effectiveness of the Ministry, its implementing departments and agencies as well as the activities of other key stakeholders in meeting the sector’s short, medium and long-term objectives and targets. The directorate is also responsible for the preparation of budgets for the Ministry and its Agencies / Department.
The Environment Directorate provides Technical Support in the initiation and implementation of Policies, Programmes and Projects and the necessary legislative reforms to ensure effective environmental governance and natural resource management to enhance national development. This it does by liaising with the relevant agencies such as the EPA and TCPD.
Science, Technology and Innovation Directorate (STI)
The STI Directorate provides technical assistance and promotes the application of Science, Technology and Innovation in all sectors of the economy. The Directorate collaborates with the PPME and RSIM Directorates to formulate STI policies, communicate, coordinate and monitor programmes and activities of Agencies and Departments of the Ministry at various levels of implementation specifically that of GAEC and CSIR.