THE MINISTRY OF NATIONAL PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT
Somali Core Economic Institutions and Opportunities Program
REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST
Consulting Services- Firm Selection
Assignment Title: Consulting Services for Improving Business Environment in Somaliland
Publication Date: Thursday, 28th July, 2016
Language of Notice:English
Funding Sources: Somali Core Economic Institutions and Opportunities Program TF#0A1698
Reference No.: MoNPD/SCORE/2016/Serv/001
The Government of Somaliland has received financing from the IDA toward the cost of the Somali Core Economic Institutions and Opportunities (SCORE) Programand it intends to apply part of the proceeds to payments for goods, works, related services and intends to apply part of the proceeds for consulting services.
The consulting services (“the Services”) include Improving Business Environment in Somaliland
The development objectives of the SCORE Program are to: (i) improve the enabling environment for private and financial sector development; and (ii) catalyse private investment and job creation in key productive and service sectors. Through the SCORE Program, the Ministry of Finance is exploring viable pathways for pushing the frontiers of access to regulated and supervised channels of financial services by Somali households and small businesses, and to accelerate the transition to a deep and inclusive financial system, thereby underpinningeffective reconstruction efforts and enabling long-term economic growth.
The Ministry of Trade and Investment (MoTI) is a beneficiary institution in the project, and a custodian of trade policies and regulations. The Government of Somaliland through the MoTIwould like to promote an open trade policy for both local and foreign investors. Rules guiding investment procedures for local and foreign investors remains largely unregulated and not clearly spelt out in the Foreign Investment Law and well developed business licensing acts.Business market integrity drawbacks, legal and regulatory limitations and gaps in business market infrastructure continue to impose transaction costs and constrain contributions of the business sector to reconstruction efforts.
The services for this consultancy will comprise training and equipment to improve the business environment by reducing transaction costs associated with operating a formal business and putting in place a basic legislative framework for contractual arrangements and licensing. It will facilitate formalization, improve service delivery and provide the private sector and the regulators (MoTI, Tax Authority) with reliable registry and licensing tools and information. It will also seek to improve government-to-business services to local SMEs and introduce basic economy-wide business environment and investment climate frameworks. The firm's areas of focus would, amongst others, include the following four thematic areas:Legal diagnostic and drafting focusing on regulations, forms and tariffs; capacity building & training and stakeholder engagement and policy dialogue.
The Ministry of National Planning and Developmenton behalf of the Ministry of Trade and Investment now invites eligible consulting firms ("Consultants") to indicate their interest in providing the Services. Interested Consultants should provide information demonstrating that they have the required qualifications and relevant experience to perform the Services. The shortlisting criteria includes the following: Background of the firm(s): summarizing their areas of expertise 1) organizational capability 2) Age of the firm 3) Size of the firm;General and overall experience of the firm(s); Summary of similar projects undertaken by the firm(s);Availability of appropriate skills amongst staff.
The attention of interested Consultants is drawn to paragraph 1.9 of the World Bank's Guidelines: Selection and Employment of Consultants under IBRD Loans and IDA Credits & Grants by World Bank Borrowers (January 2011 and revised July 2014) ("Consultant Guidelines"), setting forth the World Bank's policy on conflict of interest. Please visit www.worldbank.org for more details. In addition, please refer to specific information on conflict of interest related to this assignment as per paragraph 1.9 of Consultant Guidelines.
Consultants may associate with other firms in the form of a joint venture or a sub-consultancy to enhance their qualifications.
A Consultant will be selected in accordance with the Quality and Cost Based Selection (QCBS) method set out in the Consultant Guidelines.
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Project Implementation Unit Office,
Ministry of National Planning and Development,
Sha'ab Area, Road No. 1,