The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) has received financing from the International Development Association (IDA) in form of a Grant towards the Implementation of Great Lakes Trade Facilitation Project (GLTFP) and intends to apply a portion of the proceeds of this Grant towards the cost of consulting services for the “Analytical study on extending the Simplified Trade Regime (STR) to Small-Scale trade in services at project borders”.
The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) is a regional integration grouping of 21 African States which have agreed to promote regional integration through trade development and transport facilitation.
The Great Lakes Trade Facilitation Project (GLTFP) is a 5-year project implemented by the governments of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the Republic of Rwanda, the Republic of Uganda, and the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA). The overall Project Development Objective of GLTFP is to “facilitate cross-border trade by increasing the capacity for commerce and reducing the costs faced by traders, especially small-scale and women traders, at targeted locations in the borderlands.” One of the core activities is extending the Simplified Trade Regime (STR) from the present scope which is focused on tradable goods to services at the project borders.
The COMESA-GLTFP now invites eligible consulting firms ( Consultants) to indicate their interest in providing the required services. Interested consultants must provide information demonstrating that they have the required qualification and relevant experience to perform the service .
The overall objective of this service is to assess the feasibility of expanding the current scope of STR from the current status of just physical goods to also cover small-scale trade in services at the GLTFP borders and to recommend an appropriate strategy/framework for the extension.
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