The Regional Integration Support Mechanism (RISM) is a programme embedded in the COMESA Adjustment Facility programme (CAF); which covers both the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa commonly known as COMESA and East African Community (EAC) and aims to assist countries from Eastern and Southern Africa and Indian Ocean (ESA-IO), to continue with the process of economic liberalization, by making available resources that help to address some of the short term transition costs at national level that may hinder the progress of liberalization.

It is funded by the European Union (EU) under the 9th and 10th European Development Fund (EDF) having been established through a Contribution Agreement between COMESA and the European Union (EU) in 2007. The RISM programme is operationalized by the CAF, in terms of both the objectives and the delivery of technical support and financial resources, in accordance with the principles of Aid Effectiveness.

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