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    Declaration on the role of information and communication 2005

    With poverty eradication in Southern Africa as a chief objective, SADC addresses the current state of development and its areas of priority through the Declaration on Poverty Eradication and Sustainable Development, signed on 20th April 2008.

    This Declaration advises Member States to redouble their efforts in meeting Millennium Development Goals by highlighting areas of focus such as food insecurity, climate change, and underdevelopment of infrastructure.

    Along with the long-term strategies for poverty eradication outlined in the Regional Indicative Strategic Development Plan and the Strategic Indicative Plan of the Organ, the Declaration urges Member States to deepen Regional Integration and to liberalise their economies as a means of improving the regional standards of living. Among other strategies, the Declaration also calls for the establishment of a taskforce on food insecurity, mitigation plans for climate change, and microfinance systems for small- and medium-sized enterprises.

    Through all of these plans, SADC encourages Member States to mobilise resources for its poverty eradication programmes and to promote private sector investment that spurs the region’s economic development.