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Notice Summary

Title:
UK-London: EU/EBRD SME Competitiveness Programme in Eastern Partnership (EaP) - Project Consultant
Document Ref:
GB003ZM331631
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) - Project Consultant 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. Technical Assistance (TA) will be provided throughout the life of the Programme, while the risk mitigation and investment incentives will be tailored to the individual circumstances in each country and will follow consistent criteria and choice of instruments as well as key terms agreed in the investment legal documentation. Investment incentives to sub-borrowers will be made available on verification by an independent verification consultant (the "Verification Consultant" or "VC") that sub-projects have been successfully implemented. The VC will be subject to a separate procurement notice. In this context the EBRD seeks here to engage a Project Consultant (the "PC" or the "Consultant") to assist with the implementation and monitoring of the Programme. As in previous phases of the DCFTA, the EU has asked the EBRD’s support and expertise to facilitate the implementation of the Programme and has approved the proposed structure and grants to support the overarching objective to transfer the strategic know-how and raise awareness of the EU Directives, in order to contribute to increasing

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) - Project Consultant

2.2

Description of the goods or services required

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

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.

Technical Assistance (TA) will be provided throughout the life of the Programme, while the risk mitigation and investment incentives will be tailored to the individual circumstances in each country and will follow consistent criteria and choice of instruments as well as key terms agreed in the investment legal documentation. Investment incentives to sub-borrowers will be made available on verification by an independent verification consultant (the "Verification Consultant" or "VC") that sub-projects have been successfully implemented. The VC will be subject to a separate procurement notice.

In this context the EBRD seeks here to engage a Project Consultant (the "PC" or the "Consultant") to assist with the implementation and monitoring of the Programme.

As in previous phases of the DCFTA, the EU has asked the EBRD’s support and expertise to facilitate the implementation of the Programme and has approved the proposed structure and grants to support the overarching objective to transfer the strategic know-how and raise awareness of the EU Directives, in order to contribute to increasing the capability of SMEs in Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine and to support (actual or potential) export-oriented SMEs operating in Armenia, Azerbaijan and Belarus who choose to upgrade their operations to EU standards as well as raise awareness of green technologies and their adoption over incumbent technologies.

Assignment Description

The objectives of this assignment are to support the EBRD’s investments and to:

• Prepare the ground for the implementation of the Programme and subsequently assist in its implementation.

• Ensure that there is a pipeline of investment projects that meet the eligibility criteria embedded into investment projects.

• Provide support to (i) PFIs by evaluating technical proposals of their sub-borrowers and potential sub-borrowers which have been assessed for compliance with the eligibility criteria;

(ii) sub-borrowers (depending on the type and/or size of the investment) by helping them to formulate the investments technical proposals.

• Ensure that the widest range of stakeholders is informed about the Programme and more generally with respect to raising awareness of implementation of EU standards in order to ensure a prompt uptake of the financing and the related benefits, including by working with Visibility Consultants, managing the Programme’s website and “help desk” with dedicated phone lines in each country, participating (as observer) to Steering Committee ("SC") meetings if and when required.

• Coordinate activities related to implementation and monitoring of the Programme, including collecting and analysing data and prepare reports for the various stakeholders (via the EBRD’s Operation Leader) as well as presenting them at the Steering Committee meetings (if required).

The key tasks of the PC include, but are not limited to, the following:

· Marketing materials and raising awareness activities;

· Assistance to PFIs in originating pipelines of potential sub-borrowers/projects;

· Validation of eligibility for each individual sub-project and calculation of appropriate investment incentive amount;

· Sub-Project appraisal and preparation: Two different approaches will be followed by the PC for the technical appraisal of sub-projects: a) a simple List of Eligible Technologies (LET) approach for investments, which will be based on items from the LET; and b) a Complex approach where individual investment plans, detailing the technologies, equipment and facilities requiring upgrading in order to be complaint with the EU Directives and Regulations, which will be prepared by the PC through preliminary investigations, site visit(s) and acquisition of additional information to assess the scope and compliance with eligibility criteria and GET eligibility.

· Establish and maintain the LET for relevant sub-projects; Training and Capacity Building;

· Ensure the correct tracking, monitoring and reporting of the Programme data;

· Promoting Green Investments across the Programme;

· Assistance with the preparation of the Steering Committee meetings and grant administration.

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 Q3 2020 and has an estimated overall duration of 84 months.

Cost Estimate for the Assignment: The total estimated budget of the Assignment is EUR 12,500,000 (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.

Funding Source: the Assignment will be funded through the EU NIP (Neighbourhood Investment Platform). Please note selection and contracting will be subject to the availability of funding and the EBRD’s internal approval of the credit lines

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 23:00

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-83157.html

Closing date: 19 Jun 2020 at 23:00 London

(MT Ref:331631)

5.2

Additional Documentation

5.3

Publication date of this notice

 01-06-2020

Current Notes