SADC recognises the instrumental role of information and communications technology (ICT) in modern society, particularly in developing an economy. Therefore, in order to promote sustainable socioeconomic development of the region, SADC passed the Declaration on Information and Communications Technology on 14th August 2001.
The Declaration formally acknowledges the economic and social benefits of an affordable, reliable ICT infrastructure and suggests SADC Member States adopt a coherent regional policy and strategy for its development. In signing the Declaration, Member States commit to developing frameworks aimed at bridging the digital divide, prioritising three areas of action: community participation and governance, ICT in business development, and human resources capacity for ICT development. These priority areas intend to secure widespread cultural acceptance of ICT innovations, thereby improving economic and social development in the region.