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TENDER ANNOUNCEMENT: Development of a Set of Methodologies in Conducting Ex-Ante Regulatory Review on the Draft Non-Tariff Measures Before They Are Imposed by ASEAN Member States

Needs and Objectives

The goal of this project is to facilitate trade and enhance efficiency for the movement of goods in ASEAN. The project will benefit a number of stakeholders, including policy-makers, technical experts, and the private sector. The key stakeholders relevant to the project may include the ATF-JCC, Coordinating Committee on the Implementation of the ATIGA (CCA), Senior Economic Officials’ Meeting (SEOM), ASEAN Consultative Committee on Standards and Quality (ACCSQ), Senior Officials Meeting of the ASEAN Ministers on Agriculture and Forestry (SOM-AMAF), Senior Officials Meeting on Health Development (SOMHD), and ASEAN Connectivity Coordinating Committee (ACCC). They may be involved involved in the consultation process to provide relevant information, data, and views.

As a result of the project, it is expected that the stakeholders and beneficiaries will have (i) a better understanding of the impact of trade-distortive barrier effects on regional trade and find a way forward at a regional approach to reduce the compliance costs incurred to exporters, and (ii) an enhanced capacity to assess and quantify the impact of proposed NTMs.

It is envisaged that the relevant ASEAN sectoral bodies will use the methodologies to assess and quantify the potential trade barrier effects of proposed NTMs, which would facilitate policy-makers to determine how best to address or treat the measures, and to make well-informed decisions based on data-driven empirical evidence.

Reporting

The consultant is expected to produce reports in accordance with Section III and IV above, including Inception Report, Interim Report, Workshop(s) Report(s), Final Report and Handbook, and Project Completion Report. The timing of delivery is indicative and can be adjusted when the consultant’s work plan is developed, subject to mutual agreement.

All reports will be submitted based on AADCP II Guidelines for Contractors in draft format to the ASEAN Connectivity Division and Trade Facilitation Division of the ASEAN Secretariat (ASEC) (with a copy to AADCP II) and, following ASEC approval, in final form. All outputs and reports must be suitable for publication, although the decision on publication lies with the ASEAN.

The contractor will also provide regular (weekly, bi-monthly or as agreed with ASEC) summation of activities undertaken and issues that have arisen. These will be submitted to the ASEAN Connectivity Division and Trade Facilitation Division and AADCP II via email.

Financial reports will be submitted at invoicing in line with a payment schedule to be specified in the Special Services Agreement (SSA).

Scope of Services

The consultancy will be undertaken over a continuous effective period of twelve (12) calendar months with approximately 102 person weeks of professional services. Work will commence immediately after contract signing.

Bidding

Interested consulting firms are invited to submit a proposal in response to these Terms of Reference. This proposal should be in two parts: Technical and Financial components.

The Technical component should present the following information:

  • A brief discussion indicating the bidder’s understanding of the needs of the
    project;
  • A brief analysis of key issues;
  • A methodological discussion of how the bidder proposes to address those needs including assessment of key issues, analytical strategies that will underlie the project, specific techniques to be utilised, and practical discussion of possible limitations in carrying out the project;
  • A detailed work plan that specifies activities to be undertaken, expected outputs and deliverables, resources to be utilised and timing;
  • Staffing and management plan;
  • A discussion on how measures to ensure the future sustainability of the outcomes of the project will be addressed;
  • CVs of all proposed experts;
  • Brief discussion of firm’s past experience in undertaking similar work and brief summaries of all projects undertaken.

The Financial component should specify:

  1. Professional fees of expert(s);
  2. Management and/or operational fees (if any), which include all costs incurredby the person/entity/company for internal coordination, communication, travels and any other associated project management cost;
  3. Applicable taxes such as VAT, GST, PPN. See Section IX point 3 for an additional note on tax liability.

Activity costs for experts and participants such as reimbursable expenses for airfare, other travel costs and daily subsistence allowance for workshops, meetings, and all other agreed activities do not need to be included in the Financial Component. These items will be discussed with the preferred contractor during the finalisation of the scope of services. Costs will be based on prevailing ASEC rates.

Submission of Application

Applicants should send their application with a cover letter, materials specified in Section IX above and other supporting documents with “Development of a Set of Methodologies in Conducting Ex-Ante Regulatory Review on the Draft Non-Tariff Measures Before They Are Imposed by ASEAN Member States” as the subject via email to tender@aadcp2.org, no later than Thursday, 12 November 2020 at 05:00pm Jakarta time.

For Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ), please visit http://aadcp2.org/aadcp-ii-tender-frequently-asked-questions/

Any queries on the TOR should be sent to contact@aadcp2.org with the subject line:” Query ‘Development of a Set of Methodologies in Conducting Ex-Ante Regulatory Review on the Draft Non-Tariff Measures Before They Are Imposed by ASEAN Member States’.

 

TERMS OF REFERENCE FOR Development of a Set of Methodologies in Conducting Ex-Ante Regulatory Review on the Draft Non-Tariff Measures Before They Are Imposed by ASEAN Member States

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