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CARIBBEAN EXPORT DEVELOPMENT AGENCY
THE SPECIALTY FOOD INDUSTRY OF THE CARIFORUM MEMBER STATES
CONSULTANCY SERVICES TO CONDUCT A FEASIBILITY AND DESIGN OF IN-MARKET LIAISON SERVICE FOR CARIFORUM SPECIALTY FOODS IN THE EU AND US MARKETS
REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST
The Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export) has applied for a grant from the Caribbean Aid for Trade and Integration Trust Fund financed by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and administered by the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB towards the cost of the above named project and intends to apply a portion of the proceeds of this Grant to eligible payments under a contract for which this invitation is issued.
Payments by CDB will be made only at the request of Caribbean Export and upon approval by CDB, and will be subject in all respects to the terms and conditions of the Financing Agreement. The Financing Agreement prohibits withdrawal from the Grant account for the purpose of any payment to persons or entities or for any import of goods, if such payment or import, to the knowledge of CDB, is prohibited by a decision of the United Nations Security Council taken under Chapter VII of the Charter of the United Nations. No party other than Caribbean Export shall derive any right from the Grant Agreement or have any claim to the proceeds of the Grant.
Caribbean Export, the Executing Agency, invites interested eligible consulting firms to submit Expressions of Interest for the provision of consultancy services to conduct a feasibility study and design of an in-market liaison service for CARIFORUM Specialty Foods in the EU and US markets.
The objectives of this assignment are to identify the most viable arrangement for providing Caribbean specialty food producers with access to in-market liaison services (freighting, warehousing, distribution, co-packing, in-market promotions, and provision of market intelligence) in the US and EU markets; and to elaborate a comprehensive action plan to operationalise the in-market liaison services in the two specified markets.
Caribbean Export now invites interested eligible consulting firms to submit Expressions of Interest for the provision of these consultancy services. Interested firms must provide information (brochures, description of similar assignments, experience in similar conditions, availability of appropriate skills among staff, etc.) indicating that they are qualified to perform the services.
Consultants shall be eligible to participate if:
(a) In the case of a body corporate, it is legally incorporated or otherwise organized in an eligible country, has its principal place of business in an eligible country, and is more than 50 percent beneficially owned by citizen(s) and/or bona fide resident(s) of eligible CDB country(ies) or by a corporate body or bodies meeting these requirements;
(b) In the case of unincorporated firms, the persons are citizens or bona fide residents of an eligible CDB country; and
(c) In all cases, the consultant has no arrangement and undertakes not to make any arrangements, whereby any substantial part of the net profits or other tangible benefits of the contract will accrue or be paid to a person not a citizen or bona fide resident of an eligible CDB country.
Eligible countries are member countries of CDB.
In the assessment of submissions, consideration will be given to technical competence, qualifications and experience, local, regional and international experience on similar assignments, financial capability, and existing commitments. All proposals must be submitted in English. Further information may be obtained from the first address below between 09:00 and 16:00 hours Monday to Friday.
Six (6) hard copies of the Expression of Interest must be received at the first address below no later than 16:00 hours on September 10, 2014 and one (1) hard copy must be sent simultaneously to CDB at the second address below. The sealed envelope containing each submission must include the name and address of the applicant and shall be clearly marked, “Expressions of Interest – Consultancy Services to Conduct a Feasibility Study and Design of an In-market Liaison Service for CARIFORUM Specialty Foods in the EU and US markets.”
Following the assessment of submissions, a short-list, of not less than three (3) and not more than six (6) firms will be provided with the full Terms of Reference (ToR) and invited to submit technical proposals to undertake the assignment. Caribbean Export reserves the right to accept or reject late applications or to cancel the present invitation partially or in its entirety. Caribbean Export will not be bound to assign any reason for not short-listing any applicant and will not defray any cost incurred by any applicant in the preparation and submission of Expressions of Interest.
Submit Expressions of Interest to the following addresses:
Caribbean Export Development Agency
ATTN: Project Coordinator – Specialty Food
1st Floor Baobab Tower
Warrens, St. Michael
Tel: + 1(246) 436-0578
Fax: + 1(246) 436-9999
Caribbean Development Bank
P.O. Box 408
Wildey, St. Michael
Tel: + (246) 431-1600
Fax:+ (246) 426-7269