ANALYTICAL STUDY ON EXTENDING THE SIMPLIFIED TRADE REGIME (STR) TO SMALL-SCALE TRADE IN SERVICES AT PROJECT BORDERS

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 the  “Analytical study on extending the Simplified Trade Regime (STR) to Small-Scale trade in services at project borders”. 

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 extending the Simplified Trade Regime (STR) from the present scope which is focused on tradable goods to services at the project borders.

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  service  is  to assess the feasibility of expanding the current scope of STR from the current status of just physical goods to also cover small-scale trade in services at the GLTFP borders and to recommend an appropriate strategy/framework for the extension. 

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