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UGANDA NATIONAL COUNCIL FOR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY ACT.

ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS.

   Section

INTERPRETATION.

   1.   Interpretation.

ESTABLISHMENT, FUNCTIONS AND POWERS OF THE COUNCIL.

   2.   Establishment of the council.

   3.   Custody and fixing of the seal.

   4.   Functions of the council.

   5.   Powers of the council.

COMPOSITION AND MEETINGS OF THE COUNCIL.

   6.   Composition of the council and qualifications of the members.

   7.   Disqualification for membership on the council.

   8.   Remuneration of members of the council.

   9.   Meetings of the council.

   10.   Minutes of meetings of the council.

   11.   Transaction of business by circulation of papers.

   12.   Validity of proceedings.

COMMITTEES OF THE COUNCIL.

   13.   Executive committee.

   14.   Meetings of the executive committee.

   15.   Specialised committees.

   16.   Composition of specialised committees.

   17.   Functions of specialised committees.

STAFF.

   18.   Executive secretary.

   19.   Appointment of officers and employees.

   20.   Remuneration and allowances of staff.

FINANCIAL PROVISIONS.

   21.   Funds of the council.

   22.   Borrowing powers.

   23.   Estimates.

   24.   Accounts.

   25.   Audit.

   26.   Annual report.

   27.   Investment of funds not required for immediate use.

MISCELLANEOUS.

   28.   Validity of dealings between the council and other persons.

   29.   Service of documents.

   30.   Oath of secrecy.

   31.   Exemption from duties and taxes.

   32.   Byelaws.

   33.   Regulations.

 

      First Schedule   The scheduled Ministries, institutions and organisations.

      Second Schedule   The fields of science and technology.

 

CHAPTER 209
UGANDA NATIONAL COUNCIL FOR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY ACT.

Commencement: 1 June, 1990.

   An Act to provide for the establishment of a national council for science and technology, its constitution, management and functions and other matters connected therewith.

 

INTERPRETATION.

 

1.   Interpretation.

   In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires—

   (a)   "chairperson" means the chairperson of the council appointed under section 6;

   (b)   "council" means the Uganda National Council for Science and Technology established under section 2;

   (c)   "employee" includes officer;

   (d)   "financial year" means the period of 12 months beginning on the 1st"> day of July and ending on the 30th ">day of June of the following year;

   (e)   "members" includes chairperson and deputy chairperson;

   (f)   "Minister" means the Minister responsible for planning and economic development.

 

ESTABLISHMENT, FUNCTIONS AND POWERS OF THE COUNCIL.

 

2.   Establishment of the council.

   There is established a council to be known as the Uganda National Council for Science and Technology which shall be a body corporate in that name, with perpetual succession and a common seal and may sue or be sued in its corporate name, and subject to this Act may do and suffer all other things and acts as bodies corporate lawfully do or suffer.

 

3.   Custody and fixing of the seal.

   (1) The seal of the council shall be kept in the custody of the secretary to the council.

   (2) The fixing of the seal of the council on any document shall be authenticated by the signatures of the chairperson, the executive secretary and such other member of the council as may be authorised by resolution of the council; and in the absence of the chairperson, the deputy chairperson may sign in his or her place, and the person performing the functions of the executive secretary may sign in the absence of the executive secretary.

   (3) The signature of the chairperson, the executive secretary and the member of the council shall be independent of the signature of any other person who may sign any such document as witness.

   (4) Every document purporting to be an instrument issued by the council and sealed with the seal of the council and authenticated in the manner provided by this section shall be received and be deemed to be such an instrument without further proof unless the contrary is shown.

 

4.   Functions of the council.

   The functions of the council shall be—

   (a)   to advise on and coordinate the formulation of an explicit national policy on all fields of science and technology;

   (b)   to assist in the promotion and development of indigenous science and technology through—

      (i)   preparation of science and technology plans;

      (ii)   organisation of training science and technology (S&T) manpower;

      (iii)   carrying out scientific and technological research and development (R&D);

      (iv)   technology transfer and adaptation;

      (v)   utilisation of natural resources and local manpower;

      (vi)   establishment of research and experimental development institutions, scientific and technological documentation and information services, pilot plants and other testing grounds and standardisation and quality control centres; and

      (vii)   encouragement of local innovations by providing more rapid and less costly incentives and programming integrated and coordinated science and technology activities;

   (c)   to assist in the rationalisation of the use of foreign science and technology;

   (d)   to act as a clearinghouse for information on research and experimental development taking place in scientific institutions, centres and other enterprises and on the potential application of their results;

   (e)   to protect intellectual property through appropriate patent laws and to operate a national patent

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