National Council of Science and Technology


The National Science and Technology Council is a statutory body through which the Government of the Republic of Zambia directs policy on the development and application of Science and Technology in the country. It was established by an Act of Parliament, the Science and Technology Act No.26 of 1997.The council was inaugurated on 10th August 1999 and the Secretariat was established on 1st April 2000.

Mission of The Council

The mission of the Council is to enhance Zambia’s capacity for scientific research and technological development, in order to create wealth and improve the quality of life, by promoting the development and application of science and technology.

Function of The Council

The overall function of the council is to promote science and technology so as to create wealth and improve the quality of life in Zambia. Specific functions of the council include:

Promotion and Advocacy: the development of indigenous technological capacity; the use of science and technology in industry, the integration of gender concerns in science and technology development and broad national priorities in science and technology as well as the initiation of special projects for the promotion of science and technology.

Coordinating all forms of scientific and technological research and innovation.

Regulating research in science and technology including the registration of research and the relevant research and development institutions.

Advising the government on science and technology related policies, including the establishment of any new research and development institutions for science and technology.

Mobilising and making available financial, human and other resources including science and technology information to research and development institutions.