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(EoI)-Consultancy to Prepare policy Advice on AFCFTA Implementation for selected priority services sectors (Tourism, Financial services, Logistics and Distribution services and aviation Services) in Rwanda

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Expression of Interest (EoI) Consultancy to prepare policy advice on afcfta implementation for selected priority services sectors (tourism, financial services, logistics and distribution services and aviation services) in Rwanda

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 realising the AfCFTA at a National level.  

3.    Background on the assignment

Trade in services continues to play a vital role in the economic development of the EAC Partner States and the African continent in general. Services sectors contribute on average fifty percent (50%) to the GDP of African economies and thus being given priority among other important aspects in the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) negotiations. Negotiations on trade in services (TiS) have been conducted throughout the AfCFTA negotiation process. The Protocol on Trade in Services is complemented by annexes as part of the built-in-agenda, and by schedules of specific commitments where Member States indicate sectors liberalized in their territory and regulatory framework for the services sectors.

In Rwanda, services are considered as an alternative to manufacturing-led development with an aim to become a service-based hub to serve countries in the East African Community (EAC) and beyond. In the recent years, the growth rate of the service sector has been and continues to be impressive in the Rwandan economy. Indeed, the services sector is currently the largest and most dynamic sector in the Rwandan economy. According to the National Strategy for Trade in Services, the services generate the bulk of Rwanda’s GDP with 48% in 2018 (NISR) and were the leading source of employment in 2018 with 41.7% of all jobs and with better wages. In addition, services (tourism) has emerged as the country’s leading foreign exchange earner.

In accordance to Article 28 of the AfCFTA Protocol on Trade in Services, the African Ministers of Trade (AMOT) adopted the annex on the priority sectors to initiate trade in services, the selected sectors being: Business, Communication, Financial, Transport and Tourism services. Rwanda has submitted her schedule of commitments through the EAC and the five (5) sectors have been committed. Interestingly, the five sectors committed by Rwanda under the AfCFTA are among the priority sectors reflected in the national development agenda, including Logistics and Distribution services.

4.    Objectives of the consultancy

Considering the above, the objective of this consultancy is to prepare policy advice on AfCFTA implementation for selected priority services sectors (tourism, financial services, logistics and distribution services and aviation services) in Rwanda. This will be done by determining the current potential of the priority sectors and how that potential can be enhanced while targeting the African Market. The consultant will therefore work together with the main actors and stakeholders in regard to the priority sectors and AfCFTA implementation, including among others, the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MINICOM), the Rwanda Private Sector Federation (PSF), Rwanda Development Board (RDB), Rwanda Finance Limited (RFL) as well as relevant regulators and private sector associations in the respective sectors. This consultancy will provide informative and evidence based policy advice on what needs to be done to boost the potential of the priority sectors and to enhance their exports on the African Market.

The consultant will meet the following objectives:

a) To highlight the current potential of the priority sectors
b)  To provide the importance (contribution) of these sectors to the national economy
c)  To identify the current support systems in place for these sectors
d)  To highlight the export potential of these sectors on the African Market 
e)  To identify the existing challenges faced by these sectors
f)   To assess the existing opportunities for these sectors
g)  To propose policy advice and needed actions for implementation 

5.    Specific tasks

The consultant will be expected to carry out the following tasks;

a) Conducting assessment among national stakeholders involved in trade in services in Rwanda. These will be purposively selected depending on their role in trade in services, like in; policy formulation, regulatory functions and the services providers.
b)  Preparation and facilitation of a 1 day “kick-off” workshop with representatives of relevant national stakeholders.
c)  Conducting desk review of relevant policies and strategies in regard to the covered priority services sectors.
d)  Field work consultations with various stakeholders involved in the trade in services in Rwanda (both public and private).
e)  Drafting the Assessment Report with policy advice to enhance the potential of the selected priority sectors.
f)   Preparing and facilitating the Validation workshop to validate the report and related recommendations (proposals) therein.
g)  Incorporating the workshop inputs, finalizing and submitting the final report.

6.  Output and deliverables:
The consultancy contains the following outputs 

  • Preparation of assessment report with policy advice
  • Facilitating a validation workshop.

7.     Duration and Timeframe 

The consultancy contract is planned for up to 50 expert days starting from 14th June to 30th   August 2021. The timeframe of this consultancy is important, and it is essential that the results will be delivered on time. 

8.     Proposed Workplan 

 

Activity

Working expert days

( Up to )

I

Conduct assessments

15 days

II

Drafting assessment reports

15 days

III

Facilitating validation workshops

5 days

IV

Preparation of the assessment report with policy advice

15 days

 

Total expert workdays ( up to)

50 days

9.    Qualification and Experience required 

i. The consultant should have a master’s degree or more in international trade, law or economics  
ii. Should have a specialized training in trade policy.
iii. 5 years’ work experience with similar assignments on Trade in services scheduling ideally in the EAC region or WTO.
iv. Sectoral knowledge of Tourism, Financial services, Transport services and their role/contribution in regional economic integration;
v.  Knowledge of the EAC Common Market Protocol, WTO, AfCFTA and the respective Partner State schedule of commitments.
vi. Proven knowledge of regulatory frameworks, institutions and practices in the selected services sectors within the EAC region.
vii. Knowledge of regional economic negotiations both at the AU and EAC level;
viii. Proven skills in English writing/reading/speaking

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 

  • 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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