Design, Development and Implementation of an Online Market

The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) is a Regional Economic Community comprising 21 member states and its Secretariat is hosted by the Government of the Republic of Zambia in Lusaka, Zambia. COMESA was founded in 1994 as a successor to the Preferential Trade Area (PTA). COMESA’s objectives include sustainable economic development through economic and social regional integration. The current 21 member states of COMESA namely are: Burundi, Comoros, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Kingdom of Eswatini, Ethiopia, Kenya, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somalia, Sudan, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Through its regional integration agenda one of COMESA’s main focus is on the establishment of a large economic and trading block that will facilitate intra-COMESA trade and enhance economic development in order to improve the livelihoods of its citizens.

The COMESA Secretariat intends to develop an online platform to facilitate regional electronic trade for its 21 Member States. The system will be a fully-fledged e-business solution in the COMESA region and beyond. The system is intended to bring over 520 million people to a new virtual market to help residents of COMESA Member States and the rest of the world to buy, sell, market, insure, deliver and receive products and services, wherever they are, in real time at a lower cost and to contribute to poverty reduction. The online market is also expected to take advantage of the COMESA Trade Facilitation instruments developed to ease doing business in the region.

The system will be designed to facilitate the following;

  1. Traders including SMEs and customer linkages
  2. B2C business model
  3. Customer loyalty programmes management
  4. Anti-counterfeit campaigns and buyer protection
  5. e Payment gateway and e payment channels integration
  6. Transport and other shipping logistics management
  7. Interfacing of similar official sites for member states to the main COMESA online market
  8. Statistical and reporting Module

The following are key modules and functions: Business Directory, Orders fulfilment, Transport, Tracking, Customer profiling, Stock management, Security Module, e payment gateway and e-Payments channels.

The Secretariat invites interested qualified firms/companies, who are seasoned in the design and setup of online markets, to apply for the design and setup of the COMESA Online Market.

The assignment is expected to be concluded within six (6) months.

COMESA now invites qualified FIRMS to submit proposals to develop an online platform to facilitate regional electronic trade for its 21 Member States. Interested firms must respond to this tender including the information indicating that they are qualified to perform the services (brochures, description of similar assignments, experience in similar conditions, availability of appropriate skills among staff, etc.) to the email addresses below.

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