As a member of FTA, countries trade on a full duty free and quota free basis. Uganda as one of the 19 members of COMESA FTA, is exposed to regional markets, where it can export its products and in return get high export earnings. Kyambadde says that with FTA, Uganda has created trade interconnections that have enabled easier movement of goods and labour.
The East African Civil Society Organization Forum (EACSOF), a body that brings together CSOs in the region, is seeking to address the insufficient participation of citizens in the East African Community (EAC) integration process. According to EACSOF, lack of citizen voices in EAC affairs has undermined their contribution to policy making and implementation, leaving them as spectators of economic and socio-political changes that are taking root in their respective member states.