REQUEST FOR EXPRESS OF INTEREST (INDIVIDUAL CONSULTANTS)
LAO PEOPLE’S DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC
MINISTRY OF INDUSTRY AND COMMERCE
National Implementation Unit
Small and Medium Enterprise Access to Finance Project
Credit No. 5471-LA, Grant No. H958-LA
Assignment Title: Selection of IT Consulting Firm for DOSMEP’s Website Design and Network Upgrade
Reference No. CQS-02/SMEA2F/CS-34
The Government of Lao PDR has received funding from the World Bank Group for the Small and Medium Enterprises Access to Finance Project (US$20 million). The objective of the Project is to provide long-term funding sources for commercial banks to provide long-term credit to small and medium enterprises (SMEs). The Project includes two components: (i) A Line of Credit (LOC) channeled through Participating Financial Intermediaries (PFIs) for on-lending to SMEs; and (ii) Technical Assistance (TA) for DOSMEP, PFIs and SMEs. The implementation of the project is coordinated by the Department of Planning and Cooperation through the National Implementation Unit (NIU) in its capacity as main coordination and supervision body for the implementation of the Lao Trade and Private Sector Development Program, and the Department of SME Promotion (DoSMEP) is responsible for the technical implementation of project components, and for day-to-day execution of activities as stated in work plans.
The NIU is looking for an experienced firm specialized in IT and Website Development and Maintenance, for short a term assignment to: (i) to redesign, and develop DOSMEP's Website and upgrade the computer network in order to create effective E-materials/tools, information and business advisory providers access to SMEs, (ii) to train staff on maintenance of computer network, Website and servers for the relevant MOIC and DOSMEP Departments, (iii) To maintain the website and network (at least twice a month over a one year period) after completing the Website development and Computer Network upgrading. Key objective of this assessment will be for supporting the implementation of the SMEs Access to Finance Project. In addition, in the future the intention is to provide support to all SMEs by providing access to the website that will contain Development manuals/modules and Access to Credit facilities tools and guidelines. The Web Site will also contain the lists of BDS Consultants/companies so that the SMEs will have easy access to their services as and when required.
The NIU now invites eligible consulting firms or institutions (“Consultants”) to indicate their interest in providing the Services. Interested Consultants should provide information demonstrating that they have the required qualifications and relevant experience to perform the Services. The shortlisting criteria are:
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 revised June, 2014 (“Consultant Guidelines”), setting forth the World Bank’s policy on conflict of interest.
A Consultant will be selected in accordance with the Selection Based on Consultant’s Qualifications (CQS) set out in the Consultant Guidelines. Further information can be obtained at the address below during office hours (09:00 to 17:00 hours).
Expressions of interest must be delivered in a written form to the address below (in person, or by mail, or by fax, or by e-mail) by July 24, 2018, 16:00 o’clock.
Attn: Mr. Phouvieng Phongsa, NIU Program Director
CC: Mr. Oudorn Phanekham, Procurement Officer
Ministry of Industry and Commerce, National Implementation Unit (NIU)
Ban Phonxay, Xaysettha District, Vientiane Capital, Lao PDR
Tel: +856 (21) 41 39 16 – 45 39 82; Fax: +856 (21) 41 39 16,
As a member of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the Lao People’s Democratic Republic joined the Single Market of the ASEAN Economic Com-munity (AEC) as of 2015. The single market comprises amongst others the free flow of goods, services and investments in Southeast Asia. It is highly relevant for the development of the country. In 2013, trade with ASEAN Member States accounted for more than half of Laos’ total foreign trade. The AEC offers Laos many different opportunities. Measured by the size of the population (6.6 million) and purchasing power (annual per capita income of US-$ 1.700), Laos is a relatively small country. Improved access to sales markets in neighboring countries will enable companies to produce larger quantities, which cuts average production costs.