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Regional harmonization of trade regulation

DFID provides assistance to Regional Economic Communities (RECs) to facilitate faster and more efficient trade. DFID is working with the Common Market for East and Southern Africa (COMESA), the East African Community (EAC) and the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) Joint Task Force to establish a joint framework for regulations, which includes: a single customs document; harmonized rules of origin; joint standards; joint early warning responses for pests and disease; the development of a common programme for the free movement of peoples across the three RECs; and an agreement to explore a single common external tariff.