SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY ACT

Arrangement of Sciences

   Section

PART I
PRELIMINARY

   1.   Short title

   2.   Interpretation

PART II
THE NATIONAL SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY COUNCIL

   3.   Establishment of Council

   4.   Functions of Council

   5.   Composition of Council

   6.   Executive Secretary, Deputy Secretary, Secretary and other staff

PART III
SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY INSTITUTES AND RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT SUPPORT CENTRES

   7.   Establishment of institutes and centres

   8.   Restriction on execution against property of institute or centre

PART IV
REGISTRATION OF CENTRES AND INSTITUTES

   9.   Registration of centres and institutes

PART V
CONSTITUTION OF MANAGEMENT BOARDS FOR INSTITUTES AND CENTRES

   10.   Constitution of management board

   11.   Function of management boards

   12.   Director, Deputy Director, Secretary and other staff

   13.   Transfer of staff

   14.   Rights of management boards in discoveries

   15.   Tax exemption

PART VI
MISCELLANEOUS

   16.   Venture Capital Fund

   17.   Transitional provisions

   18.   Vesting of assets and transfer of liabilities

   19.   Registration of property to be transferred

   20.   Legal Proceedings

   21.   Appeals

   22.   Regulations

   23.   Repeal of Cap.140

      FIRST SCHEDULE

      SECOND SCHEDULE

AN ACT

to establish the National Science and Technology Council; to define its functions and provide for its composition; to provide for the establishment of centres and institutes and to define their functions; to constitute management boards for the centres and institutes established under the Act and to provide for their composition; to provide for the establishment of existing research institutions as centres and institutes under this Act; and to provide for matters connected with or incidental to the foregoing.

[14th November, 1997]

Act 26 of 1997.

PARTI
PRELIMINARY

1.   Short title

This Act may be cited as the Science and Technology Act.

2.   Interpretation

In this Act, unless the context otherwise require—

“appointed date” means the date appointed by the Minister under section 1;

“centre” means a research and development support centre established under section seven or registered under section 9;

“Chairperson” means a person appointed as Chairperson for the Council under section;

“Council” means the National Science and Technology Council established under section 3;

“Deputy Director” means a person appointed as Deputy under section 12;

“Deputy Executive Secretary” means a person appointed as Deputy Executive Secretary under section 6;

“Director” means a person appointed as director under section 12;

“Executive Secretary” means a person appointed as Executive Secretary under section 6;

“Former Council” means the National Council for Scientific Research established under the National Council for Scientific Research Act;

“Government research institution” means a branch or department of the government whose main function to carry out science and technology research;

“institute” means a science and technology institute established by the government under section seven or registered as a private institute under section 9;

“management board” means a management board constituted under section 10;

“Secretary” means a person appointed as Secretary of the council under section 6; and

“Vice-Chairperson” means a person elected as Vice-Chairperson of the council under section 5.

PARTII
THENATIONALSCIENCEANDTECHNOLOGYCOUNCIL

3.   Establishment of Council

   (1) There is hereby established the National Science and Technology Council which shall be a body corporate with perpetual succession and a common seal, capable of suing and of being sued in its corporate name, and with power, subject to this Act, to do all such acts and things as a body corporate may by law do or perform.

   (2) The provisions of the First Schedule shall apply to the council.

4.   Function of Council

   (1) The functions of the Council shall be to promote science and technology so as to improve the quality of life in Zambia.

   (2) Without prejudice to the generality of sub-section (1), the functions of the Council shall be to—

      (a)   promote the development of an indigenous and environmentally friendly technology capacity;

      (b)   regulate research in science and technology in Zambia.

      (c)   register institutes and centres;

      (d)   advise the government on science and technology policies and activities in Zambia;

      (e)   determine broad directions, stimulate co-ordination and initiate special projects in science and technology;

      (f)   promote and publicisebroad national priorities in science and technology research;

      (g)   liaise with government, industry and centres and institutes in science and technology;

      (h)   mobilize and distribute financial, human and other resources to management boards for science and technology research;

      (i)   recommend to the government the establishment of any new research institute and centres;

      (j)   promote the use of science and technology in industry;

      (k)   ensure that gender concerns are integrated at all levels of science and technology development;

      (l)   collect and disseminate science and technology information including publication of scientific reports, journals and other such documents and literature;

      (m)   establish and maintain a relationship with corresponding scientific organizations in other countries;

      (n)   take all measures that are necessary to popularize science and technology;

      (o)   identify and determine national research and development priorities in science and technology; and

      (p)   do all such things connected with or incidental to the functions of the council under this Act.

   (3) The Council may, by directions in writing and subject to such conditions as it thinks fit, delegate to any member, committee or the Executive Secretary any of its functions under this Act.

5.   Composition of Council

   (1) The Council shall consist of thirteen members appointed by the Minister as follows—

      (a)   two members from any research institute or centre established under this Act;

      (b)   two members from any public or private university;

      (c)   a member from a technical college;

      (d)   an engineer from industry;

      (e)   a member with rich business and commercial experience in the private sector; and

      (f)   a member each from the ministries responsible for science and technology, environment and natural resources, health, commerce and trade, agriculture and mines.

   (2) The Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson of the Council shall be elected by the members from amongst themselves.

6.   Executive Secretary, Deputy Executive Secretary and other staff

   (1) Subject to sub-section (3), the Council shall, on such terms and conditions as it may determine, appoint an Executive Secretary who shall be the Chief Executive Officer of the council and who shall, subject to the control of the Council, be responsible for the day to day administration of the affairs of the Council.

   (2) The Council may appoint a Deputy Executive Secretary who shall—

      (a)   assist the Executive Secretary in the performance of his duties under this Act; and

      (b)   discharge the functions of the Executive Secretary whenever the office of the Executive Secretary is vacant or the Executive Secretary is absent or is for any other reason unable to discharge the functions of his office.

   (3) The Executive Secretary shall be appointed for a term of three years and shall be eligible for re-appointment for a further term of three years.

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