- May 20, 2019
- Posted by: comesa1@admin
- Category: Consultancies
The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) has received financing from the International Development Association (IDA) in form of a Grant towards the Implementation of Great Lakes Trade Facilitation Project (GLTFP) and intends to apply a portion of the proceeds of this Grant towards the cost of consulting services for
“A Study on the sustainability of Trade Information Desk Offices(TIDs)”.
The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) is a regional integration grouping of 21 African States which have agreed to promote regional integration through trade development and transport facilitation.
The Great Lakes Trade Facilitation Project (GLTFP) is a 5-year project implemented by the governments of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the Republic of Rwanda, the Republic of Uganda, and the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA). The overall Project Development Objective of GLTFP is to “facilitate cross-border trade by increasing the capacity for commerce and reducing the costs faced by traders, especially small-scale and women traders, at targeted locations in the borderlands. One of the core activities is the provision of information and sensitization support to cross border traders, and more especially the small-scale category as well as the collection of data on small scale trade. The COMESA has supported the establishment of Trade Information Desks (TIDs) at selected crossing points in the region. The TIDs are manned by Trade Information Desk Officers (TIDOs). The core roles of the TIDOs revolve around the provision of information/sensitization of cross border traders as well as collecting information on small scale cross border trade which would otherwise be missed by the officially designated border agencies like Customs.
The COMESA-GLTFP now invites eligible consulting firms ( Consultants) to indicate their interest in providing the required services. Interested consultants must provide information demonstrating that they have the required qualification and relevant experience to perform the service .
The overall objective of this assignment is to carry out a study on the appropriate ways and means of maintaining and sustaining the Trade Information Desk Offices (TIDOs) at the borders so that they continue facilitating cross border trade (and more especially for the small scale traders) beyond the timelines of the GLTFP project and/or any COMESA initiatives.
Presently the TIDOs are operational at the COMESA-GLTFP selected Ten(10) boarders in the 3 project countries namely: DRC, Rwanda and Uganda. The focus of this assignment will mainly be on ten (10) borders in the 3 project countries namely:
(i) Mahagi (DRC) / Goli (Uganda) ,(ii) Kasindi (DRC) / Mpondwe (Uganda)
(iii) Bunagana (DRC) / Bunagana (Uganda) ,(iv) Goma (DRC) / Petite Barrière Rubavu (Rwanda) and (v) Bukavu (DRC) / Rusizi I (Rwanda).
The assignment is expected to start by first Week of August to month end of September,2019 (2 Months). The consultant will be required to plan and implement all activities within the time frame.
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