Protocol on Science Technology and Innovation 2008

Date Signed

Science and technology are cross-cutting issues for the SADC region, affecting all aspects of the region’s socioeconomic development. Recognising that these factors play an important role in the future of Southern Africa, SADC passed its Protocol on Science, Technology and Innovation on 17th August 2008 to foster cooperation and to promote development of science and technology in the region.

In signing the Protocol, Member States agree to cooperate on institutional mechanisms for science, technology, and innovation. The Protocol sets out these institutions, as well as their committees and subcommittees, composition, functions, systems of financing their initiatives, and methods of monitoring progress. The aim is to promote development and harmonisation of science, technology, and innovation policies, advocating investment in research and development and promoting public awareness of science and technology.