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(EoI)-Consultancy for Delivering of Training on Customs Procedures in the Context of Implementation of AFCFTA for Rwanda freigt Forwarders

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Expression of Interest (EoI) consultancy for delivering of training on customs procedures in the context of implementation of afcfta for Rwanda freigt forwarders

1.    Introduction

The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH is a federally owned international cooperation enterprise for sustainable development with worldwide operations. GIZ has worked in Rwanda for over 30 years. The primary objectives between the Government of Rwanda and the Federal Republic of Germany are poverty reduction and promotion of sustainable development. To achieve these objectives, GIZ Rwanda is active in the sectors of Decentralization and Good Governance, Economic Development and Employment Promotion, Energy, and ICT (Information and Communications Technology).

2.    Context  

After only 3,5 years of free trade negotiations amongst all 55 African countries, the African Continental Free Trade Area, in brief, AfCFTA, was established. The AfCFTA was operational-ised on 30th May 2019, 30 days after Sierra Leone and Sahara Republic deposited the last two necessary ratifications with the African Union (AU) for the AfCFTA to legally come into force for the ratifying countries. This landmark agreement offers significant promise for the continent’s transformation. 

Through the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), Germany currently provides technical support to the African Union Commission (AUC), specifically to the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the AfCFTA Secretariat, with its project “African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA)”. The project’s main objective is that “the framework conditions for intra-African trade have been strengthened”. Besides the outstanding topics of AfCFTA Phase I on Trade in Goods and Trade in Services, phase II and III issues, such as Investment, competition policy or digital trade are supported. Furthermore, involvement of the private sector and civil society are supported. 

To this end, the project pursues a multi-level approach on the continental level working with the AUC DTI and AfCFTA Secretariat, the regional level supporting Regional Economic Communities (RECs), and also the national level, specifically in the projects focus countries, like Rwanda. 

The Republic of Rwanda like many African member states currently do not have enough capacities to successfully realise the AfCFTA. The specific roles to be played by the government, private sector, and civil society are currently not fully supported with requisite knowledge and skills for each to implement the commitments under the AfCFTA.  Although responsibilities have been defined in the framework agreement, the specific working methods still need to be established in Rwanda through the National Strategy for Implementation of AfCFTA. This requires building the capacity of all the key stakeholders in specific matters of trade in goods and services among others, trade in services as well as awareness raising and strengthening the necessary institutional and legal frameworks for realizing the AfCFTA at a National level.  

3.     Relevance of customs procedures under AfCFTA

Trade facilitation (TF) entails the simplification, modernization and harmonization of import and export procedures. TF is critical for enhancing Africa’s competitiveness. However, Africa is still lagging in TF. Bureaucratic delays and red tape, corruption and inefficiencies at borders are common in Africa. These issues increase the costs and time of doing business across the continent thereby inhibiting intra and inter-regional trade.

Trade facilitation has been dealt with in the Agreement establishing the AfCFTA. The Protocol on Trade in Goods of the AfCFTA Agreement contains two annexes dedicated to TF: Annex 3 on Customs Co-operation and Mutual Administrative Assistance; and Annex 4 on Trade Facilitation. Annex 3 covers state parties’ cooperation in all areas of customs administration. Annex 4 deals with the simplification and harmonization of international trade procedures and logistics to expedite importation, exportation, and transit processes. Annex 4 thus aims to expedite the movement, clearance and release of goods including goods in transit across borders within state parties. The private sector operators (i.e. importers, exporters, service providers) are amongst the most significant beneficiaries from improved TF. The private sector should be able to access effective remedies when affected by non-tariff barriers of a state party. Disputes between the state parties arising out of or relating to the interpretation or application of any provision of the Annexes 3 and 4 will be resolved in accordance with the AfCFTA Protocol on Rules and Procedures on the Settlement of Disputes. Private parties do not have access to the dispute settlement mechanism under the AfCFTA Agreement. Should traders/firms encounter problems because of non-tariff barriers imposed by a state party violating the AfCFTA TF obligations, their home states should act on their behalf.There is need therefore to build the capacity of Members of Rwanda Freight Forwarders Association in customs procedures under the context of AfCFTA implementation.

4.    Objectives of the training

The objectives of the proposed training would be as follows: 

The main objective of the training is to strengthen the technical capacity of the members of Rwanda Freight Forwarders Association(RWAFFA)  to expedite the movement, clearance and release of goods including goods in transit across borders within state parties at the same time be able to participate in providing effective remedies when providing clearing and forwarding services to their clients in Rwanda and rest of the world. . This training will equip these members with skills and knowledge to achieve the following specific objectives. 

  • To build the competitiveness of the members of freight forwarders to facilitating import and export trade in the region and ultimately explore upcoming opportunities brought by AfCFTA
  • To raise professional standards of RWAFFA members in Rwanda by acquiring more knowledge required to implement Annexes 3 & 4 of the AfCFTA agreement
  • To raise awareness of the benefits and developments brought about by the AfCFTA for Rwandan import and export sector
  • To develop skills to be able to serve a wider market in the context of the AfCFTA, all which will be key to equipping RWAFFA Members to overcome the challenges and seize the opportunities provided by this agreement.

5.    Specific tasks 

GIZ AfCFTA is seeking an individual consultant or a consulting company to develop content for a face-to-face training including the facilitation of the training in Rwanda for the customs procedures required to implement AfCFTA in Rwanda. Successful applicants must be familiar with the AfCFTA and EAC. Some of the other specific tasks include

  • Developing the content for the face-to-face training and delivering the training
  • Serving as a subject matter expert on the ‘customs procedures’ training module, through the provision of training content.
  • Conceptualizing the delivery of the face-to-face training
  • Produce the training content customized for Rwanda Freight Forwarders Association members (RWAFFA members)   in consultation with RWAFFA Secretariat
  • Able to deliver a training in Rwanda to RWAFFA members.

6.    Output and deliverables:

The training contains the following outputs 

  • Preparation of training module
  • Preparation and facilitation of a training of up to 50 participants from Rwanda Association of Manufacturers.
  • Assessment of the training and handover a report on the training results
  • Final report of the training which contains feedback from participants

7.     Duration and Timeframe 

The consultancy contract is planned for up to 12 expert days starting from 07th to 30th June 2021. The timeframe of this training is very important, and it is essential that the results will be delivered on time. 

8.     Proposed Workplan 

Deliverable

Activity

Working expert days

               ( Up to )

1

Module preparation

5 days

III 

Preparation and Facilitation of training

5 days

IV 

Documentation and reporting

2 days

 

Total expert workdays ( up to)

12 expert days

9.    The minimum qualification and experience requirements

 The consultant must have the following

  • Master’s degree in International Trade, Business Management and Business Law
  • Specific training in customs procedures, Customs union operations, World Customs Organisations.
  • Having worked for 5 years in institutions handling International Trade operations like Customs Authority, Regional Economic Communities, and others handling customs procedures matters.
  • 1 assignment accomplished indicating the knowledge of the AfCFTA and EAC matters 
  • Proof of 3 different trainings prepared and delivered
  • Proof of working with RWAFFA members
  • Fluency in written and spoken English.

10.     Costing requirements 

This consultancy will be costed on man days worked on this assignment. 

The contractor will facilitate the organization of the different activities related but the expenditures related to those activities will be fully covered by GIZ/AfCFTA Country component. 

11.     Inputs of GIZ or other actors 

GIZ AfCFTA Rwanda Country component is expected to make the following available: 

Training logistics.

12.     Submission of EoI 

EoI will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Company or individual profile,
  • Relevant experience,
  • Company strategies to assure agility, flexibility, and responsiveness,
  • Personnel and,
  • Financial offer.

The EoI should contain the following:

For Technical Proposal:

  • A Cover letter expressing interest in this assignment.
  • Technical Proposal with a brief description of why you would be considered as the most suitable for the assignment, relevant expertise, and a detailed clear methodology, on how will be your approach and complete the assignment.
  • It should be formatted, font type ARIAL, fond size 11, and should be clearly formulated. The offer should be drawn up in English language.
  • The CVs shall not exceed 4 pages.
  • Company or business registration certificate
  • References and recommendations of similar works executed by the company in Rwanda or elsewhere outside of Rwanda.
  • VAT registration certificate if available
  • Latest tax clearance certificate

For the Financial Proposal: 

The Financial Proposal indicates the contract price, supported by a breakdown of consultancy fee per day + all other costs such us (if needed)  daily allowance, accommodation expenses. The cost must be in RWF and VAT excluded.

Please submit your EoI documents in two separate envelopes (1 for technical offer and 1 for financial offer) until latest Wednesday 12 may  2021 at 4:00 pm, at the front desk of:

 

GIZ Office Kigali/Rwanda

KN 41 Street / Nr.17 – Kiyovu

B.P 59 Kigali – Rwanda

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