Government says it is committed to protecting intellectual and property rights in the country.
Ministry of Higher Education Permanent Secretary Owen Mugemezulu says his ministry is for this reason in the fore front in ensuring the protection of property rights in various creations in the form of literary, artistic works as well as copyright.
The Permanent Secretary said this when he signed a memorandum of understanding ( MOU ) between his ministry and the Zambia Reprographic Rights Society (ZARRSO) in Lusaka today.
He said the MOU will ensure that the intellectual rights especially in schools and higher learning institutions will be protected from reproduction and plagiarism.
Mr. Mugemezulu has since warned the learning institutions to desist from such acts in order for the country to progress.
Speaking at the same event, ZARRSO Chief Executive Officer Ruth Mwenya commended government for the efforts it is making in ensuring the literary and artistic works.
Ms. Mwenya noted that it is gratifying to see government take the lead in following the laws of the land and urged other institutions to follow suit.
ZARRSO has for the past two years been pushing government sign the MOU, a step that will add value to the works of authors and directors in the country.