Consultancy Services to assess the Manufacturing Capacity, Pharmaceutical Trade Performance and Policy and Regulatory Framework in the COMESA Region

  1. This Request for Expression of Interest follows the General Procurement Notice for this Project that appeared in UN Development Business (UNDB online); on the African Development Bank’s Internet Website ( and the COMESA Secretariat Website ( on 10 February 2022.
  1. The COMESA Secretariat has received a grant from the African Development Fund towards the implementation of the COMESA Support Towards Regional Pharmaceutical Sector Development Project and intends to apply part of the proceeds of the grant to engage a consulting firm to conduct an assessment of (i) Manufacturing Capacity of Pharmaceutical Industry (ii) Pharmaceutical Trade Performance and Supply Chain Integrity in COMESA region, and (iii) the Policy, Regulatory and Institutional Frameworks for Trade in Pharmaceutical inputs and products.
  1. The objectives of the consultancy are:-
  • to assess the capacity constraints in pharmaceutical manufacturing in the COMESAregion.
  • to assess the pharmaceutical input and final products trade performance and supply chain integrity in the COMESA region.
  • to assess policy, regulatory and institutional frameworks governing trade inpharmaceutical products and come up with a model policy for trade facilitation in theregion.
  1. The COMESA Secretariat now invites eligible consultancy firms to indicate their interest in providing these services. Interested consultants must provide 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.). Consultants may constitute joint ventures to enhance their chances of qualification.
  2.  Consulting firm/organization/entity should have professional experience in pharmaceutical manufacturing, regulatory sciences, pharmaceutical policy and trade at regional/continental level or similar experience outside Africa with a demonstrated 20 years of combined experience in delivering similar and relevant assignments in the sector (list of projects’ details including the scope, location, and clients).

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