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Notice Summary

UK-London: Uzbekistan - Mining Sector Development Project
GB003ZM309006
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
16 September 2019
10 October 2019
Contract Notice - Other
Yes

Notice Abstract

Uzbekistan - Mining Sector Development Project Project Description: The mining sector is one of the Uzbekistan’s most important and strategic industries, with the country being among the leading producers of gold and uranium in the world. Uzbekistan also produces copper, silver, coal, phosphate, molybdenum, wolfram, potassium, tungsten, lead, zinc and other minerals. The main law regulating the sector is the Law on Subsoil No. 444-II, 2002 (the “Subsoil Law”), which provides the overarching legal framework governing exploration and development of all subsoil resources, including minerals and oil and gas. This law provides for licensing and control, rights and obligations, basic rules regarding efficient use of resources, types of subsoil use, duration of subsoil use and other related matters. The sector is also regulated under a number of other related laws and regulations (e.g. tax, land, labour and environmental laws and regulations). The main regulatory bodies are: the Ministry of Finance, the State Committee on Geology and Mineral Resources (the “GosComGeology”); the State Inspectorate on Control over Industrial Safety of works in Industry, Mining, Geology and Public Utilities Sectors (the “Industrial Safety Inspectorate”); and, the State Committee on Protection of the Environment (the “Environment Protection Committee”). Against the above background, the Government of Uzbekistan (the “Government”) wishes to see the mining sector make a more fulsome contribution to the economy and public finances, and has identified it as a priority area of focus for reform efforts (the “Project”). To achieve these objectives, the Government has committed to making significant changes to both the structure and governance of both the sector and its main state-owned participants. Initial reforms in this respect are set out in the Resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers No. 8, and Resolution of the President No. ??-4124 (both January 2019). Assignment Description: In the context of the Project and in order to assist the Government achieve the Project objectives, the Bank now wishes to engage a Consultant (the “Consultant”) in order to provide conceptual, technical and practical support to the authorities in the development, consultation and adoption of a contemporary policy framework, reflective of proven best practice, for the mining sector in Uzbekistan (the “Assignment”). Amongst others, the Assignment will comprise of a number of specific tasks focussed upon the achievement of its objectives. The Consultant will perform the following tasks within this Assignment: a) Sector review: A review of existing policies, strategies, laws, regulations, practices and other documents connected to the mining sector currently in existence in Uzbekistan; b) Identification of best practice Identification of international best practice for developing the mining sector through incentivising private investment in exploration and exploitation activities; c) Options and recommendations: Identification of specific policy and strategy options which will enable the adoption and implementation of best practice in Uzbekistan; d) Transparency in extractives: A review the prevalent principles and standards applying to the transparency in the governance and administration of the extractives sector, together with an exploration of the value and appropriateness of adopting particular principles and standards in Uzbekistan; e) Implementation planning: An implementation plan which will identify specific steps that need to be taken on a practical level to achieve effective implementation of the assignment’s recommendations; f) Support for stakeholder consultation: The Consultant will support the consultation of the recommendations amongst stakeholders; g) Capacity building: The Consultant will capacity building and training workshops on key concepts related to the mining sector; h) Support for policy/strategy approval

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

Uzbekistan - Mining Sector Development Project

2.2

Description of the goods or services required

Uzbekistan - Mining Sector Development Project

Project Description:

The mining sector is one of the Uzbekistan’s most important and strategic industries, with the country being among the leading producers of gold and uranium in the world. Uzbekistan also produces copper, silver, coal, phosphate, molybdenum, wolfram, potassium, tungsten, lead, zinc and other minerals.

The main law regulating the sector is the Law on Subsoil No. 444-II, 2002 (the “Subsoil Law”), which provides the overarching legal framework governing exploration and development of all subsoil resources, including minerals and oil and gas. This law provides for licensing and control, rights and obligations, basic rules regarding efficient use of resources, types of subsoil use, duration of subsoil use and other related matters. The sector is also regulated under a number of other related laws and regulations (e.g. tax, land, labour and environmental laws and regulations). The main regulatory bodies are: the Ministry of Finance, the State Committee on Geology and Mineral Resources (the “GosComGeology”); the State Inspectorate on Control over Industrial Safety of works in Industry, Mining, Geology and Public Utilities Sectors (the “Industrial Safety Inspectorate”); and, the State Committee on Protection of the Environment (the “Environment Protection Committee”).

Against the above background, the Government of Uzbekistan (the “Government”) wishes to see the mining sector make a more fulsome contribution to the economy and public finances, and has identified it as a priority area of focus for reform efforts (the “Project”).

To achieve these objectives, the Government has committed to making significant changes to both the structure and governance of both the sector and its main state-owned participants. Initial reforms in this respect are set out in the Resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers No. 8, and Resolution of the President No. ПП-4124 (both January 2019).

Assignment Description:

In the context of the Project and in order to assist the Government achieve the Project objectives, the Bank now wishes to engage a Consultant (the “Consultant”) in order to provide conceptual, technical and practical support to the authorities in the development, consultation and adoption of a contemporary policy framework, reflective of proven best practice, for the mining sector in Uzbekistan (the “Assignment”).

Amongst others, the Assignment will comprise of a number of specific tasks focussed upon the achievement of its objectives. The Consultant will perform the following tasks within this Assignment:

a) Sector review: A review of existing policies, strategies, laws, regulations, practices and other documents connected to the mining sector currently in existence in Uzbekistan;

b) Identification of best practice Identification of international best practice for developing the mining sector through incentivising private investment in exploration and exploitation activities;

c) Options and recommendations: Identification of specific policy and strategy options which will enable the adoption and implementation of best practice in Uzbekistan;

d) Transparency in extractives: A review the prevalent principles and standards applying to the transparency in the governance and administration of the extractives sector, together with an exploration of the value and appropriateness of adopting particular principles and standards in Uzbekistan;

e) Implementation planning: An implementation plan which will identify specific steps that need to be taken on a practical level to achieve effective implementation of the assignment’s recommendations;

f) Support for stakeholder consultation: The Consultant will support the consultation of the recommendations amongst stakeholders;

g) Capacity building: The Consultant will capacity building and training workshops on key concepts related to the mining sector;

h) Support for policy/strategy approval: The Consultant will help to present and explain the recommendations to the Government for their review, consideration and approval.

2.3

Notice Coding and Classification

2.4

Total quantity or scope of tender

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 November 2019 and has an estimated overall duration of up to 6 months.

Cost Estimate for the Assignment: Up to EUR 245,000.00 exclusive of VAT.

The Consultant must determine whether any VAT would be chargeable on the services and the basis for that determination, without taking into consideration the special status of the Bank as an IFI and state this to the Bank in their response to the Invitation for Expressions of Interest. To the extent that a Consultant incurs input VAT on goods and services purchased in connection with the provision of services (e.g. VAT on airline ticket) which is not otherwise recoverable by the consultant from the local tax authority, the gross cost to the consultant of such expenses shall be treated as a reimbursable expense.

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

79972

4.3

Time Limits

   10-10-2019  Time 12:00

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-79972.html

Closing date: 10 Oct 2019 at 12:00 London

(MT Ref:309006)

5.2

Additional Documentation

5.3

Publication date of this notice

 16-09-2019