Regional Integration and the SADC-EU EPA
The SADC-EU EPA is a building block for regional integration.
The agreement is designed to be compatible with the operation of SACU, especially in harmonising the import trade regime. It has a single external tariff schedule and the EPA calls for a centralised quota arrangement for imports from the EU.
Regional integration is further enhanced by common provisions on trade management (such as safeguards), common decision-making bodies, and more flexible rules on origin.