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  • Reviewing the SADC Trade in Sugar Regime in the Context of Current Developments in the Global Sugar Trade and the SADC Trade Protocol’s Objective

    In 1996, participating SADC Member States signed the SADC Protocol on Trade (STP), committing to establish a Free Trade Area. Regarding the trade in sugar, the STP and its Annexes provide for differentiated dispensations for trade. The first concerns reciprocal market access within the entire region, whereas the second concerns non-reciprocal market access, a quota based provision, to the Southern African Customs Union (SACU). The latter is based on Annex VII of the STP.

    The main objective of the Annex is the full liberalisation of trade in sugar in the region as of 2012. In light of the then prevailing global production and consumption dynamics when the Annex was negotiated, the Protocol recognised the importance of protecting the regional market against potential destabilising effects of distorted global markets. Thus the Annex provides a temporary measure for insulating sugar industries from destabilising effects from distorted global markets. The other objectives were to promote, within the Region, production and consumption of sugar and sugar-containing products. The Annex provides for its review five years after entry into force (i.e. 2006, five years after 2001).

    The global sugar market has since seen a fundamental shift in production and consumption patterns with amongst others, non-European producers gaining strength, global subsidies shrinking and overall consumption increasing. Furthermore, international trade agreements have shifted such as the end of the general duty free, quota free market access to the EU.

    It is against this background of changing, global conditions that the SADC Secretariat, with the support of the German Development Cooperation (GIZ) programme “Cooperation for the Enhancement of SADC Regional Economic Integration (CESARE)”, will commission a study on the various challenges facing the SADC sugar industry.

     

    Submission deadline

     

    Should you be interested in implementing the tasks according to the Specifications (Annex 1), please submit your bid (in English) at GIZ office by Monday the 25th of September 2017 at 16:00 hrs. Please send your bid by courier or hand deliver to:

    Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

    GIZ Office Gaborone
    1st Floor, South Wing, Morula House

    Plot 54358, New CBD

    Gaborone

    Botswana

     

    Labelling of offer

    Your bid, comprising the technical offer and the price offer, must be clearly marked as such and submitted in a package containing two envelopes. The price offer must always be separate from the technical offer and placed in a separate envelope. Kindly send original and 2 copies of technical and financial proposals.

    The envelope containing the price offer using the financial offer form (Annex 3) with the bidder’s company name on the right corner must be sealed and be labelled as follows:

    Price offer for:

    CESARE - Development of a SADC Simplified Trade Regime

    Reference number 83266270
    – to be opened by GIZ procurement unit –

     

    The envelope containing the technical offer with the bidder’s company name on the right corner must be sealed and be labelled as follows:

    Technical offer for: Company name

    CESARE - Development of a SADC Simplified Trade Regime

    Reference number 83266270
    – to be opened by GIZ evaluation team –

     

    Interested parties are requested to submit a technical offer based on the criteria of the assessment grid (Annex 4) and CVs of potential candidates for the team. The technical offer should also give insight to the work methodology (covering objective, strategy, mode of implementation, work/time schedule).

     

     

     

                                                                                          

    The outer package with the bidder’s company name on the right corner must be labelled as:

    Bidding documents for:

    CESARE - Development of a SADC Simplified Trade Regime

    Reference number 83266270

     

     

    Alternative offers

    No alternative offers are permitted.

     

    Price offer

    The price offer must be submitted in accordance with the attached format for the price offer and General Terms and Conditions. Personnel costs should be shown per expert assigned for the measure. Travel costs and all other costs have to be shown separately. All communication related costs, stationary and printing costs for reports have to be included in the calculation. Please submit your offer in the currency of your country; during the financial evaluation the amounts will be converted using the exchange rate of the day from the converter InforEuro: http://ec.europa.eu/budget/contracts_grants/info_contracts/inforeuro/inforeuro_en.cfm

     

    Procedural questions

    Please address any commercial, technical and procedural questions at an early stage. Questions will be answered if they are received 5 days before the closing date. Questions have to be raised in writing, by fax or email only to:

    Ms Dimpho Keitseng
    GIZ Botswana, Procurement Office
    fax
    +267-3959750 or
    email:
    [email protected]

     

    Non-compliance may result in your bid not being considered.

    Evaluation of Offer

    After the final technical evaluation, only the price offers of bids with 500 points and above will be opened and evaluated. Technical offers below 500 points will be considered as technically not acceptable. The weightings are as below for Technical (T) and Financial (F);

    T: 70%, and F: 30%. The following formula will be used:

    The contract will be awarded to the bidder with the highest score (Technical plus Financial weighing), and in case of achieving the same score, a priority is given to the bidder who submitted the bid earlier. Contractual negotiations are generally commenced with the bidder achieving the highest score. Should these negotiations not be successful, the second highest scorer on the list shall be invited to commence negotiations.

     

    Date of decision to award contract

    For procedural reasons, no information on the status of the evaluation will be given pending the decision on contract award. We would therefore ask you to refrain from making enquiries about this. Only the winning bidder will be informed.

    Acceptance period and Commencement of work

    Work is scheduled to start on the 16th of October 2017. But please note that you are bound by your bid for 90 days.

    GIZ reserves the right to accept, reject and/or cancel any or part of the bid.

     

    GIZ also reserves the right to cancel the bid entirely.

     

     

    Yours truly,

     

     

     

    Annexes

    1. Terms of Reference
    2. GIZ General Terms of contract
    3. Budget allocation Form
    4. Technical assessment grid