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Notice Summary

Title:
UK-London: EU/EBRD SME Competitiveness Programme in Eastern Partnership (EaP) - Verification Consultant
Document Ref:
GB003ZM331626
Document Type:
Contract Notice - Other
Published By:
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
Date Published:
01 June 2020
Deadline Date:
19 June 2020
Document Source:
Framework/DPS:
No
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Notice Abstract

EU/EBRD SME Competitiveness Programme in Eastern Partnership (EaP) - Verification Consultant Project Description: Since 1998, Partnership and Cooperation Agreements have been providing comprehensive frameworks for cooperation between the EU and Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries in various areas of reform. Association Agreements (AAs), including a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA) were signed in June 2014 by Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. Since then, the EBRD set up and implemented a DCFTA programme (under the brand EU4BUSINESS EBRD Credit Line) since 2016 to assist businesses in Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine in the context of the ratification by these countries of DCFTA. Two phases of the DCFTA programme have already taken place and are due to finish soon. At the same time, it has become clear to the EU that extending the support to SME developed through the DCFTA programme to other EaP countries - namely Armenia, Azerbaijan and Belarus – would be appropriate to pursue. The purpose of the new EU/EBRD SME Competitiveness Programme in Eastern Partnership (EaP) (the “Programme”) is to increase the capability of SMEs in the six countries to access and face competition on the EU market, through supporting the implementation of the EU standards at SME level in the field of environmental protection, occupational health and safety and product quality and safety. This Programme will address the key areas of vulnerability for SME businesses, namely access to funding, preferably longer term and in local currency, through locally operating financial intermediaries, for investments meeting EU standards and promoting the use of green technologies, thereby enhancing SME competitiveness locally and regionally. Progress with the adoption of the EU acquis communautaire will involve significant regulatory changes, which will require new investments in order for enterprises to comply with the new standards. Assisting SMEs to understand the new regulations and meet their investment needs is also consistent with the EBRD’s strategy, wherein supporting access to finance for this crucial segment is a continuing objective for the Bank. Furthermore, in line with the EBRD’s Green Economy Transition Approach (GET), it expected that a significant amount of green economy technologies will be financed under the Programme and accounted as part of the Sub-projects’ results. The EBRD will specifically provide senior debt financing to selected Participating Financial Institutions (“PFIs”) committed to the overall objectives under the EU Agreement of the EU SME Competitiveness Programme in Eastern Partnership. Building on the success results so far of the EU/EBRD DCFTA ‘EU4Business’ credit lines, it is envisaged that under the new Programme, at least EUR 300 million will be provided by the EBRD in loans to various PFIs in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. Assignment Description Investment incentives to sub-borrowers will be made available on verification by an independent verification consultant that sub-projects have been successfully implemented. The objective of the Assignment is to ensure that the use of proceeds of each sub-loan and the related investment incentive due to sub-borrowers on completion of eligible investments has met the eligibility criteria and that funded investments have been completed substantially on the basis of the investment plans prepared by the Project Consultant or in line with the List of Eligible Technologies (LET) procedures, on which the sub-projects were based. The Verification Consultant will conduct validation of all sub-projects including, but not limited to, the following tasks: · desk-based verification of small sub-projects (implemented through the LET approach); · on-site check of all other sub-projects; unless specify differently in TORs for example in dealing with temporary situations such as COVID-19 movement restrictions; · confirm the level and amount of

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

EU/EBRD SME Competitiveness Programme in Eastern Partnership (EaP) - Verification Consultant

2.2

Description of the goods or services required

EU/EBRD SME Competitiveness Programme in Eastern Partnership (EaP) - Verification Consultant

Project Description:

Since 1998, Partnership and Cooperation Agreements have been providing comprehensive frameworks for cooperation between the EU and Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries in various areas of reform. Association Agreements (AAs), including a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA) were signed in June 2014 by Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. Since then, the EBRD set up and implemented a DCFTA programme (under the brand EU4BUSINESS EBRD Credit Line) since 2016 to assist businesses in Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine in the context of the ratification by these countries of DCFTA. Two phases of the DCFTA programme have already taken place and are due to finish soon. At the same time, it has become clear to the EU that extending the support to SME developed through the DCFTA programme to other EaP countries - namely Armenia, Azerbaijan and Belarus – would be appropriate to pursue.

The purpose of the new EU/EBRD SME Competitiveness Programme in Eastern Partnership (EaP) (the “Programme”) is to increase the capability of SMEs in the six countries to access and face competition on the EU market, through supporting the implementation of the EU standards at SME level in the field of environmental protection, occupational health and safety and product quality and safety. This Programme will address the key areas of vulnerability for SME businesses, namely access to funding, preferably longer term and in local currency, through locally operating financial intermediaries, for investments meeting EU standards and promoting the use of green technologies, thereby enhancing SME competitiveness locally and regionally. Progress with the adoption of the EU acquis communautaire will involve significant regulatory changes, which will require new investments in order for enterprises to comply with the new standards. Assisting SMEs to understand the new regulations and meet their investment needs is also consistent with the EBRD’s strategy, wherein supporting access to finance for this crucial segment is a continuing objective for the Bank. Furthermore, in line with the EBRD’s Green Economy Transition Approach (GET), it expected that a significant amount of green economy technologies will be financed under the Programme and accounted as part of the Sub-projects’ results. The EBRD will specifically provide senior debt financing to selected Participating Financial Institutions (“PFIs”) committed to the overall objectives under the EU Agreement of the EU SME Competitiveness Programme in Eastern Partnership. Building on the success results so far of the EU/EBRD DCFTA ‘EU4Business’ credit lines, it is envisaged that under the new Programme, at least EUR 300 million will be provided by the EBRD in loans to various PFIs in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine.

Assignment Description

Investment incentives to sub-borrowers will be made available on verification by an independent verification consultant that sub-projects have been successfully implemented.

The objective of the Assignment is to ensure that the use of proceeds of each sub-loan and the related investment incentive due to sub-borrowers on completion of eligible investments has met the eligibility criteria and that funded investments have been completed substantially on the basis of the investment plans prepared by the Project Consultant or in line with the List of Eligible Technologies (LET) procedures, on which the sub-projects were based.

The Verification Consultant will conduct validation of all sub-projects including, but not limited to, the following tasks:

· desk-based verification of small sub-projects (implemented through the LET approach);

· on-site check of all other sub-projects; unless specify differently in TORs for example in dealing with temporary situations such as COVID-19 movement restrictions;

· confirm the level and amount of investment incentives applicable;

· validate against the investment plan that the sub-project has been completed substantially on the basis of the investment plan/LET approach and the CVR check-list prepared by the Project Consultant;

· provide to the EBRD, the PC and the relevant PFI, with an opinion whether the sub-project has been completed substantially in line with the investment plan/LET approach and the eligibility criteria – such opinion is to be in the form of a memo and a CVR certificate issued based on the CVR check list.

The separate procurement process for the Project Consultant (PC) is in process in parallel to this one.

2.3

Notice Coding and Classification

2.4

Total quantity or scope of tender

Location: Regional

Assignment Start Date and Duration: The Assignment is expected to start in September 2020 and has an estimated overall duration of 84 months. Subject to the availability of funding and satisfactory performance of the Consultant the duration may be extended.

Cost Estimate for the Assignment: The total estimated budget of the Assignment is EUR 2,750,000.00 (exclusive of VAT) however the Assignment will be contracted out incrementally, in stages, subject to Programme needs and availability of donor funds. This budget is expected to support at least EUR 300 million of EBRD investments planned under the Programme. .Subject to availability of funding, the performance of the selected Consultant, and the Programme needs, the Assignment may be extended beyond the current scope.

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

n/a

4.3

Time Limits

   19-06-2020  Time 15:00

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-83154.html

Closing date: 19 Jun 2020 at 15:00 hrs London

(MT Ref:331626)

5.2

Additional Documentation

5.3

Publication date of this notice

 01-06-2020

Current Notes