RFP: For the COMESA Business Council- Digital Financial Inclusion for Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) Project: Focus Area – Business Case Study and Policy Development

I)BACKGROUND

The COMESA Business Council (CBC) is a business member organization representing business interests of the private sector in Africa and beyond. CBC is a leading force in business, expanding private sector’s influence in policy, facilitating business and strategic linkages. CBC provide services that are carefully tailored to build private sectors’ capacity to compete in regional and global markets through policy advocacy, business facilitation and technical capacity building of enterprises.

CBC seeks to hire services of a competent firm to carry out the following activities for the CBC digital financial inclusion for SMES project:

  1. development of the comesa business case study on defining the requirements needed for a regional payment scheme that can facilitate bottom of the pyramid informal traders (cross border and domestic) to carry out affordable digital transactions in the comesa region.
  2. Development of a regional policy implementation framework to support the regulation and governance of common digital payment services system for MSMEs.
  3. Interested firms are invited to propose a team of two (2) expert consultants with in-depth understanding of Digital financial inclusion, Regional Integration and Private sector development, with a specific focus on the policy, infrastructure and ecosystems for Common Cross border payment platforms in line with the terms of reference in to this Request for Proposals (RFP).

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