Individual Consultant – Develop COMESA Regional Guidelines on the Establishment, Operation, and Management of Warehouse Receipt System (WRS).

  1. BACKGROUND
  • The Expression of Interest is called to identify a suitable Consultant to develop COMESA Regional Guidelines on the Establishment, Operation, and Management of Warehouse Receipt System (WRS).
  • COMESA developed the COVID-19 Food and Nutrition Security Response Plan to ensure harmonized and coherent regional response. The response plan was endorsed by the COMESA Council of Ministers in November 2020. The overall objective of the response plan is to contribute to the deepening of regional economic integration through driving sustainable and inclusive agricultural growth and transformation for improved food and nutrition security and shared prosperity in the COMESA region.
  • One of the key initiatives of the response plan is, the development of Regional Guidelines for Warehouse Receipt System (WRS) for agricultural commodities as a strategic framework for enhancing food aggregation, storage, trade, and market integration in the region. The WRS is part of the whole processes of depositing commodities in a licensed warehouse, the issuance of a warehouse receipt reflecting the quantity and quality of the deposited commodity, the management of the transfer of the receipts as a document of title and includes the regulation of warehouses and actors associated in the processes.
  • The WRS initiative is also underpinned by the COMESA Treaty Chapter 18, Article 129, that provide for the Cooperation in Agricultural and Rural Development with the overall objectives of the achievement of regional food security and rational agricultural production within the Common Market.
  • Additionally, the initiative is in alignment with the continental Malabo Declaration on Accelerated Agricultural Growth and Transformation for Shared Prosperity and Improved Livelihoods. Likewise, the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), which seeks to harness market and trade opportunities among Member States and beyond makes it an urgent imperative to develop frameworks that will ensure quality and safety of agri-foods and commodities as well as enhance farmers and other actors’ access to markets and trade in agricultural commodities across national and regional boundaries.
  • The overall project goal is to develop COMESA regional guidelines on the establishment, operation, and management of WRS for agricultural commodities, covering areas that include legislation, registration, licensing, quality assurance and certification services, collateral management and settlement services, contract dispute resolution. Conformity assessment issues continue to muddle and act as major Non-Tariff Barriers (NTBs) in cross-border agricultural commodity trade in the region. It is hoped that the guidelines, if domesticated, will create an enabling environment to enhance competitive access to markets and trade in the agri-food commodities in the region. And this will empower small-scale farmers, traders, and processors to participate more effectively in agribusiness to improve their efficiency and effectiveness in the market supply chains.
  • The project will have a strong element of capacity development. This will include increased knowledge of how to process HCES data so that they are accessible to food security indicators and increased knowledge on how to use this data in multiple types of analysis.
  1. OBJECTIVE

The overall project goal is to develop COMESA regional guidelines on the establishment, operation, and management of WRS for agricultural commodities, covering areas that include legislation, registration, licensing, quality assurance and certification services, collateral management, and settlement services, contract dispute resolution. Conformity assessment issues continue to muddle and act as major Non-Tariff Barriers (NTBs) in cross-border agricultural commodity trade in the region. It is hoped that the guidelines, if domesticated, will create an enabling environment to enhance competitive access to markets and trade in the agri-food commodities in the region. And this will empower small-scale farmers, traders, and processors to participate more effectively in agribusiness to improve their efficiency and effectiveness in the market supply chains.

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