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Notice Summary

Title:
UK-London: Support to Improve Functioning and Efficiency of the e-Permits Platform in Albania
Document Ref:
GB003ZM333011
Document Type:
Contract Notice - Other
Published By:
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
Date Published:
16 June 2020
Deadline Date:
15 July 2020
Document Source:
Framework/DPS:
No
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Notice Abstract

Support to Improve Functioning and Efficiency of the e-Permits Platform in Albania Project Description: The Government of Albania undertook between 2013 and 2014 a very important administrative and territorial reform aiming the reorganization of local governments units, resulting in 2015 in the reduction from 384 to 61 municipalities. As a result of a thorough review of legislation and procedures on territorial planning and development, an online system was introduced in 2016. The e-Permits Platform is the only mandatory system that channels all procedures of applying for and awarding construction permits, and was recognised as a significant improvement to the business environment, both in the Doing Business and the EU Progress reports for 2017. However, practical operation of the Platform and users interaction have faced many challenges, related to: - mismatches and difficulties in both understanding/interpreting and meeting the deadlines for completion of the reviewing process by municipalities; - application of different practices by different municipalities in handling and reviewing applications; - lack of completion of electronic databases for interfaces of relevant institutions with the e-Permits Platform; and - overlapping of sectorial laws with the concept of the Platform under the legislation of planning and development of the territory. The Territorial Development Agency of Albania (“TDA”), responsible for the development of the territory and charged with the ownership over e-Permits and the responsibility of its functioning, has requested the support of European Bank of Reconstruction and Development (“EBRD” or the “Bank”) through technical assistance to improve functioning and efficiency of the e-Permits Platform boosting its performance through services and better institutional coordination. Assignment Description: In response to TDA’s request, EBRD intends to select and contract a consulting company (the “Consultant”) to provide the necessary technical assistance for the improvement of functioning of the e-Permits, with the ultimate goal of improving the business environment in Albania and concretely easing the dealing with construction permits (as per World Bank’s Doing Business relevant indicator). The main expected outcomes from the implementation of this Assignment are the following: - Construction permitting handling and approval practices through the e-Permits platform are improved; - Institution and private level capacity in the area of construction permitting is strengthened, improving usage of e-Permits and its functioning; - e-Permits Platform is updated through further digitalisation. The selected Consultant is expected to provide the following services: = Undertake an assessment of the quality and effectiveness of services offered through the e-Permits Platform, aiming its improved functionality, and a situation analysis on current applicable laws and bylaws that cover the construction domain and relevant to the Platform; - Review, complete and unify procedures followed by the responsible decision making authorities on the construction permits approval, with the final output being a technical and legal operational manual as an Instruction for all the users of the e-Permits platform; - Assess and prepare recommendations (roadmap) for further digitalisation of documentations and procedures in the e-Permit, and implementation of online payment facilities within the Platform; - Provide instruments and methodologies for institutional capacities building, and awareness and better information amongst private sector and individual users.

Notice Details

CONTRACT NOTICE – NATIONAL

SERVICES

1 Authority Details

1.1

Authority Name and Address

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
N/A
London UK
N/A N/A
N/A

1.2

Address from which documentation may be obtained

As in 1.1

1.3

Completed documents must be returned to:

As in 1.1

2 Contract Details

2.1

Title

Support to Improve Functioning and Efficiency of the e-Permits Platform in Albania

2.2

Description of the goods or services required

Support to Improve Functioning and Efficiency of the e-Permits Platform in Albania

Project Description:

The Government of Albania undertook between 2013 and 2014 a very important administrative and territorial reform aiming the reorganization of local governments units, resulting in 2015 in the reduction from 384 to 61 municipalities. As a result of a thorough review of legislation and procedures on territorial planning and development, an online system was introduced in 2016. The e-Permits Platform is the only mandatory system that channels all procedures of applying for and awarding construction permits, and was recognised as a significant improvement to the business environment, both in the Doing Business and the EU Progress reports for 2017.

However, practical operation of the Platform and users interaction have faced many challenges, related to:

- mismatches and difficulties in both understanding/interpreting and meeting the deadlines for completion of the reviewing process by municipalities;

- application of different practices by different municipalities in handling and reviewing applications;

- lack of completion of electronic databases for interfaces of relevant institutions with the e-Permits Platform; and

- overlapping of sectorial laws with the concept of the Platform under the legislation of planning and development of the territory.

The Territorial Development Agency of Albania (“TDA”), responsible for the development of the territory and charged with the ownership over e-Permits and the responsibility of its functioning, has requested the support of European Bank of Reconstruction and Development (“EBRD” or the “Bank”) through technical assistance to improve functioning and efficiency of the e-Permits Platform boosting its performance through services and better institutional coordination.

Assignment Description:

In response to TDA’s request, EBRD intends to select and contract a consulting company (the “Consultant”) to provide the necessary technical assistance for the improvement of functioning of the e-Permits, with the ultimate goal of improving the business environment in Albania and concretely easing the dealing with construction permits (as per World Bank’s Doing Business relevant indicator).

The main expected outcomes from the implementation of this Assignment are the following:

- Construction permitting handling and approval practices through the e-Permits platform are improved;

- Institution and private level capacity in the area of construction permitting is strengthened, improving usage of e-Permits and its functioning;

- e-Permits Platform is updated through further digitalisation.

The selected Consultant is expected to provide the following services:

= Undertake an assessment of the quality and effectiveness of services offered through the e-Permits Platform, aiming its improved functionality, and a situation analysis on current applicable laws and bylaws that cover the construction domain and relevant to the Platform;

- Review, complete and unify procedures followed by the responsible decision making authorities on the construction permits approval, with the final output being a technical and legal operational manual as an Instruction for all the users of the e-Permits platform;

- Assess and prepare recommendations (roadmap) for further digitalisation of documentations and procedures in the e-Permit, and implementation of online payment facilities within the Platform;

- Provide instruments and methodologies for institutional capacities building, and awareness and better information amongst private sector and individual users.

2.3

Notice Coding and Classification

2.4

Total quantity or scope of tender

Location: *Albania

Consultant Selection Procedure: Single stage open competitive selection. Interested firms or groups of firms are invited to submit a Technical and Financial Proposal.

Assignment Start Date and Duration: The Assignment is expected to start in Q3 2020 and has an estimated overall duration of 12 months.

Cost Estimate for the Assignment: EUR 300,000 (exclusive of VAT).

Funding Source: The contract will be financed by the Swiss State Secretariat For Economic Affairs (SECO).

3 Conditions for Participation

3.1

Minimum standards and qualification required

4 Administrative Information

4.1

Type of Procedure

The procedure type is unknown.

4.2

Reference number attributed to the notice by the contracting authority

n/a

4.3

Time Limits

   15-07-2020  Time 17:00

4.5

Language or languages in which tenders or requests to participate can be drawn up

EN 

4.6

Tender Submission Postbox

5 Other Information

5.1

Additional Information

Please visit the following portal to view this notice:

https://www.ebrd.com/work-with-us/procurement/pn-83610.html

Closing date: 15 Jul 2020 at 17:00 London

(MT Ref:333011)

5.2

Additional Documentation

5.3

Publication date of this notice

 16-06-2020

Current Notes