Invitation for Expression of Interest in “Cluster Competitiveness Initiative (CCI)” Services
Procurement Process: ITP – Invitation to pre-qualify
Office: UELDP – PCO
Deadline: 31-May-18
Posted on: 11-May-18
Procurement Area: Consultancy Services
Reference Number: 4/2018

Overview:

The Upper Egypt Local Development Program for Results (Program) Program is financed by the World Bank through a Program for Results (PforR) totaling USD 500 M and is to be completed by December 31, 2021, and a matching fund from the Egyptian government within the same timeframe.

The objective of the Program is to improve the business environment for private sector development and strengthen local government capacity for quality infrastructure and service delivery in select governorates in Upper Egypt. The Program aims to:  improve the business environment and economic competitiveness, as well as close the persisting gaps in access to and quality of infrastructure and services. The primary beneficiaries of this Program are the governorates of Qena and Sohag in Upper Egypt.

The PforR was selected as the most appropriate financing instrument for a Program of this nature, which adopts a combined approach comprised of institutional transformation and infrastructure investment to deliver its objectives. The PforR seeks to strengthen country systems and directly links disbursement of funds with results through the achievement of specified Disbursement Linked Indicators (DLIs). This funding mechanism represents a fundamental shift from centralized investments in infrastructures only to additionally strengthening the system of local accountability to achieve improved service delivery. This Program includes six DLls specified in the Program Appraisal Document (PAD) documents 3  & 4 above.  The Program is implemented based on the Legal Agreement signed by the World Bank and the Government of Egypt (GoE) on October 6, 2016.  Contracting procedures applicable to each step of the contracting process are included in the Program Procurement Manual (documents 5 & 6 above).

Invitation for Prequalification:

The Program intends to apply part of the proceeds for procuring services of Cluster Competitiveness Initiative.

Cluster Competitiveness Initiative (CCI) consulting firm shall identify, establish and facilitate operation and marketing of the produce of 5 new economic cluster initiatives in each of the Governorates of Sohag and Qena.

Scope of Work of the CCI consulting firm includes:

1. Support governorates in prioritization and selection of CCIs;

2. Launch 5 CCIs per Governorate), including formation of cluster working groups;

3. Conduct cluster/value chain analyses and market assessments;

4. Prepare strategic environmental and social assessment (SESA) of each CCI;

5. Facilitate development of collaborative cluster strategies and cluster action plans;

6. Support initial implementation of cluster action plans;

7. Design and coordinate cluster-based investment attraction program; and

8. Conduct monitoring and evaluation.

UELDP Program Coordination Office (PCO) invites eligible consultancy firms to indicate their interest in providing the Cluster Competitiveness Initiative services. Detailed description of CCI tasks is explained in the Terms of References (ToRs) for the assignment included in document number 2 above.

Interested consultancy firms must provide specific information which demonstrates that they are fully qualified to perform the services (similar assignments, experience in similar conditions, availability of appropriate skills among staff, etc.). Two or more consultancy firms may join together and apply as consortium/joint venture.

Six applicants with best candidatures who expressed interest in the assignment will be selected to receive Request for Proposal (RFP). A consultancy firm/consortium will be finally selected in accordance with the procedures set out in the guidelines of the UELDP Procurement Manual agreed upon between the Government of Egypt and the World Bank using Quality and Cost selection method.

Interested firms are to download and fill in the application titled: CCI – Expression of Interest – AR (document number 1- above).

Written expression of interest marked “Expression of Interest for UELDP Cluster Competitiveness Initiative Services” must be delivered to the address below by 31 May, 2018, 12:00 noon, Cairo local time: at the following address:

Program Coordination Office (PCO)

Upper Egypt Local Development Program (UELDP)

Ministry of Local Development

4 Nadi El-Said Street,Dokki, Giza, Egypt

Attn.: Program Director