Lao People’s Democratic Republic
Ministry of Industry and Commerce
Second Trade Development Facility
Project ID No: P130512
REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST
National Webmaster for Lao Service Portal (LSP) and Lao Trade Portal (LTP)
The Second Trade Development Facility (TDF-2) is a multi-donor program financed by Australia, the European Union, Germany, Ireland, USAID and the World Bank focusing on improving trade and private sector development in Lao PDR. The development objective of the TDF-2, which is implemented by the Ministry of Industry and Commerce, is to support the implementation of government’s trade and integration priorities outlined in the 2012 Diagnostic Trade Integration Study (DTIS) Roadmap, and in particular to contribute to improved competitiveness and diversification, focusing outside the natural resource sectors. TDF-2 has three main components:
(a) trade facilitation, trade policy and regulations;
(b) diversification and competitiveness; and,
(c) mainstreaming aid for trade.
The appraised value of the project is US$ 16.5 million, with implementation to take place over a period of five and a half years, starting in April 2013. Technical responsibility for implementation of the Trade Development Facility lies with the National Implementation Unit (NIU), based within the Department of Planning and Cooperation of the Ministry of Industry and Commerce.
Under the first component of TDF-2, support has been provided to the development of a “Lao Service Portal” (LSP). This online tool offers access to laws and regulations relevant to the business environment in Lao PDR, in particular to the services industries. Laws and regulations on services sectors in Lao PDR are generally dispersed throughout different government agencies and not easily accessible. Lack of information on existing laws and regulations limits policy making capacity, affects the ability of government officials to adequately represent Lao PDR’s interests in international negotiations, and impairs the investment environment. The establishment of the Lao Services Portal, launched in August 2017, is improving access to the legal and regulatory framework applicable to services industries. The establishment of this online information tool complements the existing Lao Trade Portal, which offers information on trade in goods.
The LSP provides, among other things, comprehensive information on the regulatory framework governing the establishment and operation of a services company, or the provision of services trade and investment in services, including measures relating to licensing, operation of foreign companies, restrictions over foreign transactions, etc, which may affect the establishment and operation of foreign services providers in Lao PDR, or their ability to export services abroad through cross border means or through the movement of natural persons.
Development took place in the period 2015-17 and the website was launched in August 2017. Day-to-day management and maintenance of the website is essential in order to ensure that the information published in the LSP is always accurate and relevant to the trading community. DFTP has therefore formed a team of qualified individuals to support the management of the portal on an on-going basis. The Lao Trade Portal has been operational for a couple of years and assists traders to find all the information regarding import goods into Laos and export goods from Laos, including information related to import/export process, regulations for specific products, relevant laws and other useful information.
Now, under the Trade Facilitation component of TDF-2, the National Implementation Unit is seeking an individual consultant to act as the “Webmaster” for both portals, a key role within mentioned:
The indicative estimated input for the position of Web Master is 12 person-months on a full time basis, with a possibility for extension based on performance. The full detailed ToR is available at the NIU’s website: http://t4dlaos.org/index.php/en/work-with-us/vacancies
2. Qualifications and Experience
The Consultant will be selected in accordance with the World Bank’s Guidelines “Selection and Employment of Consultants”, Individual Consultants (IC) selection method. The attention of interested Consultants is drawn to paragraph 1.9 of the World Bank’s Guidelines: Selection and Employment of Consultants under IBRD Loans and IDA Credits & Grants by World Bank Borrowers, January 2011 and revised June, 2014 (“Consultant Guidelines”), setting forth the World Bank’s policy on conflict of interest. In order to apply for the position, the candidates shall request the Application Form from the NIU, which can be sent via e-mail.
The NIU now invites interested applicants to provide information indicating that you are qualified to perform the services (application form, curriculum vitae with expressions of interest and references). Interested Applicants may obtain further information at the address below. Expressions of interest must be delivered to the address below or no later than November 20, 2017, 16:00 o’clock (submissions via email are also acceptable). Only Short-listed candidates will be contacted.
Attn: Mr. Phouvieng Phongsa, NIU Programme Director
CC: Ms. Vanlaty Siphom, Procurement Officer
Ministry of Industry and Commerce, Department of Planning and Cooperation,
National Implementation Unit (NIU)
Ban Phonxay, Xaysettha District, Vientiane Capital, Lao PDR
Tel: +856 (21) 41 39 16; Fax: +856 (21) 41 39 16,
The NIU is the anchor unit within the Ministry of Industry and Commerce for a sector wide approach on trade in the Lao PDR and is responsible for coordinating trade-related assistance to the country. Based in the Foreign Aid Division of the Planning and Cooperation Departmant, the NIU has been implementing the Trade Development Facility (TDF) multi-donor trust Fund. The TDF supports the Lao Government’s National Socio-economic Development Plan (NSEDP) in its aims to reduce poverty and sustain economic development by facilitating trade and cross-border movement of goods, and by increasing capacity of the Government to undertake specific tasks related to regional and global economic integration.