May 05

Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export) has received financing under the 11th European Development Fund, Regional Private Sector Development Programme (EDF, RPSDP) to increase employment in the region, inclusiveness, particularly for youth, women and indigenous groups, and secure overall poverty reduction in CARIFORUM states (that is Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago).  The support of the aforementioned regional economies is realized through efforts to build private sector capacity at the firm level in order to increase export competitiveness; the strengthening of the capacity of business support organizations (BSOs) to provide greater support to the Private Sector; and the strengthening of regional mechanisms aimed at promoting effective Public-Private and Private-Private Dialogue in order to develop a more effective business enabling environment.

Caribbean Export, the executing agency, now wishes to procure consultancy services for the conduct of the assignment: Consultancy for the Development of a Caribbean Investment Promotion Certification Initiative (CIPCI). The objective of this consultancy is to develop a capacity building programme that offers certification for Investment Promotion Professionals within the CARIFORUM region which directly responds to their human resource development needs and aims to build capacity within the agencies with a view to increasing the attraction of FDI to the region.

The approach to be taken by the consultants and the developed framework must consider the capacity building needs and challenges faced by CARIFORUM Investment Promotion Agencies (IPAs), differences in the capacities of the region’s IPAs and issues of sustainability.

Caribbean Export now invites interested and eligible firms and consultants to submit an Expression of Interest for the provision of these consultancy services. Consulting firms and consultants from Africa, Caribbean and the Pacific countries and the EU may apply.

In the assessment of EOIs, consideration will be given to (1) qualifications and experience in developing similar capacity building programmes for investment promotion agencies; (2) Prior experience working with IPAs in the Caribbean; and (3) in-depth knowledge and ability to develop training platforms. EOI submissions should not exceed 15 pages and the firm or consultants’ ability to deliver within a timeframe of 5 months should be noted in the EOI. All information must be submitted in English.

Further information or clarification may be obtained from Caribbean Export between 08:30 am and 4:30 pm Monday to Friday. Please submit your queries to: cmcnair@carib-export.com  copied to shudson@carib-export.com. All responses will be uploaded to the Caribbean Export website.

Submissions can be made either electronically (no more than 9mb) to: cmcnair@carib-export.com copied to shudson@carib-export.com  or by hard copy to the address below by 19 May 2017 by the latest 4:30 pm EST. Please ensure that you are in receipt of an acknowledgement of delivery prior to the stated deadline.

The subject line of the electronic mail must read ″11th EDF – Expression of Interest – Consultancy Services for the Development of a Caribbean Investment Promotion Certification Initiative (CIPCI).″

Following the assessment of submissions, a short-list of not less than three (3), and not more than six (6) applicants, will be provided with full terms of reference and invited to submit technical and financial 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. It will not be bound to assign any reason for not short-listing any applicant and will not defray any costs incurred by any applicant in the preparation and submission of Expressions of Interest.