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Expression of Interest for Invitation to Pre-qualification for Consulrtancy to Develop National ... Request for EOI

Reference: EOIUNECA16367
Beneficiary country(ies): Ethiopia
Registration level: Basic
Published on: 15-May-2019
Deadline on: 27-May-2019 00:00 0.00

1. Background The Agreement establishing the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) signed in Kigali, Rwanda, on 21 March 2018 is a key milestone in Africa’s integration Agenda. The scope of the AfCFTA covers trade in goods, trade in services, investment, intellectual property rights, competition policy and possibly e-commerce. This wide scope moves the Agreement beyond the requirements of a traditional free trade area. A main underlying argument is that by stimulating economic growth and diversification, the AfCFTA will help to generate economic activities for higher value added at domestic and regional levels. The implementation of the AfCFTA will certainly involve adjustments in countries to overcome potential challenges and seize the opportunities offered by integrated markets. Given the significant diversity in the economic configuration of African countries, they will be affected in different ways by the AfCFTA. It is expected that from the short to medium-run, structural changes through reallocation of factors of production, could entail costs of adjustment. This notwithstanding, harnessing the full benefits of the AfCFTA starts with its domestication, ratification by member States being a prerequisite. The benefits of the Agreement, once in force, will not come overnight. Countries would need to identify where their comparative advantages lie for diversification and value chains (for both goods and services) development. This will enable them to design and implement necessary actions with a view to harness these advantages. They also need to identify means to deal with costs adjustment including any adverse fiscal impact that could result from the Agreement’s implementation. These certainly entail for African countries to develop national AfCFTA tailored strategies that are aligned with existing policy frameworks at national, regional and continental levels. The AfCFTA National Strategies will complement the broader trade policy of each State Party to the Agreement and identify opportunities, gaps and steps required for it to take full advantage of continental and global markets while optimizing the AfCFTA induced opportunities. It is in this context that the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) through its African Trade Policy Center (ATPC) proposes to recruit consulting firms to support African countries develop AfCFTA National Strategies. This recruitment is being undertaken in the context of a technical assistance project implemented by ECA in collaboration of the African Union Commission (AUC) and few other partners and financial support by the European Union. 2. Objective of the consultancy The objective of the consultancy is to support African countries develop AfCFTA National Strategy. The Strategy will complement the target country’s broader trade policy and identify key trade opportunities, current constraints and steps required for it to take full advantage of national, regional and global markets in the AfCFTA context. The Strategy will be aligned with regional and continental policy frameworks. Consonant with its objective, the AfCFTA National Strategy for a project country must include, at least, the following key elements: review of production systems and trade performance, analysis of relevant policy and regulatory environment and their alignment with the AfCFTA Agreement and other regional and continental frameworks; identification of market opportunities and prioritization of sectors/products for trade and regional value chains development through a statistical analysis; mapping of current constraints and potential impediments to the identified priority sectors; strategic actions to address potential obstacles, and in particular non-tariffs barriers (NTBs). Furthermore, the national strategies must account for a number of cross cutting issues including human rights, gender equality, children, adolescents, migration, environmental and climate change as well as technologies. All these elements must be complemented by an effective monitoring and evaluation frameworks and financial resources mobilization plans to implement priority actions of the Strategy. 3. Scope of the assignment Specific tasks in developing the AfCFTA national strategies for a target country will include, but are not limited to: a) Undertake scoping missions to engage all stakeholders through individual or group consultations and lay the ground for the preparation of the AfCFTA strategies; b) Organize stakeholders’ national forum on AfCFTA where countries issues will be discussed; c) Develop a draft AfCFTA national strategies based on guidance from the national forum and informed by national and regional diagnostic reviews, sectoral assessments and case studies. d) Develop a clear Strategic Action Plan including sectoral actions plans with responsibilities and roles of each entity at sub-national, national, regional, continental and international levels clearly identified; 4. Approach and methods The consultant will employ the following approaches, methods and data sources. a) Interviews with ECA and its sub-regional offices as well as with other project implementing partners including the African Union Commission (AUC), the International Trade Center (ITC) to receive further guidance on the consultancy assignment, process, expectations and final deliverables; b) In depth interviews with various stakeholders or groups of stakeholders in the target country to understand key issues of relevance to the strategies; c) Review of existing, and production of new knowledge products to inform the strategies; d) Multistakeholder consultations with the government, the private sector, youth, civil society organisations, academia, regional economic communities and development partners; e) Primary data collection, complemented by secondary sources, to inform the various components of the AfCFTA National Strategies. For Non-Tariffs Measures, the methodology for data collection will rely on the template and approach developed by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development.1 The development of the AfCFTA National Strategies will be based mainly on a broad Guidelines document to be provided by ECA. The document will highlight in some details the key elements to be considered in the AfCFTA National Strategies. Because of the the dynamic nature of the project and the possibility for changes in the scope of work as more countries join the project, this EOI is for vendors to express their interest to be followed by Pre-qualification, and subsequently by a solicitation (RFP) to evaluate vendors for award for specific countries, as and when required bases.

Rahel Tarekegne
J  -  Services
80000000  -  Management and Business Professionals and Administrative Services
80150000  -  Trade policy and services
80151500  -  Trade facilitation
80151501  -  Commodity policy or projections services
80151502  -  Trade expansion
80151503  -  Trade information services
80151504  -  Trade promotion services
80151505  -  Multinational marketing enterprises
80151600  -  International trade services