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TECHNICAL PROPOSALSEED provides technical assistance, capacity building and training to business development services (BDS), One Stop Shops (OSSs) and financial service providers in order to support the growth and expansion of MSMEs in Egypt. Stakeholders and counterparts include public sector reform champions, incubators and accelerators, BDS providers, mentors, business associations, general and industry specific chambers and councils, investors, banks and non-bank financial institutions, schools and universities, public organizations, MSMEs and Entrepreneurs. SEED also collaborates closely with development agencies (donors) and their implementing partners to take full advantage of synergistic opportunities in achieving results. Special focus is given to disadvantaged areas and population groups such as Women and Youth. Youth is defined for the purpose of this activity as individuals who are between ages of 15 and 29 years old.

SEED Enabling Business Environment efforts are focused on increasing Government of Egypt (GOE) capacity to understand and respond to business environment constraints for Entrepreneurs, for MSME access to finance and integrating MSMEs into value chains. Moreover, support relevant GOE entities in fulfilling its expected mandate and improve coordination among GOE entities working on Entrepreneurship and MSME issues, including MSMEDA, the Ministry of Investment, and The General Authority for Investment (GAFI). Build the capacity of sector/industry associations to advocate for necessary policy changes in their value chains through: (1) conducting policy research and formulating positions, (2) drafting white papers and reports, and (3) convene public-private dialogues and Regulatory Impact Assessment (RIA).

D’s SEED Project aims to increase and/or replicate 12 One Stop Shops (OSS) Centers during the project’s lifetime to support companies (including SMEs) with official registration documentation such as the issuance of commercial registers, tax cards and employees’ social insurance to name a few. This comes in continuation to USAID Egyptian Competitiveness Program ECP establishment of Tamayouz Center OSS in Cairo, Alexandria and Sohag.

This RFQ covers the potential support to the OSS Centers Federation of Egyptian Industries (FEI), Mansoura, Assuit and Tahta by providing them with the needed Queuing Systems to enhance the Federation of Egyptian Industries (FEI), Mansoura, Assuit and Tahta OSS Chambers Centers. Stakeholders and beneficiaries will include IDA, FEI, GAGs, EOS as well as many MSMEs applying for a governmental tender to make use of Law # 5 differential incentive. These entities will easily be able to apply for obtaining this certificate online. The same applies for the exporting promotion fund using the IDA certificate the “Local Components Percentage Certificate”.

Cost:                                                                                 50Commodities quality / Technical Specifications:           20%

Delivery timeframe:                                                        20%

Company profile:                                                             10%

A compliant offer is one that is in conformity with all of the terms, conditions, and technical requirements of the RFQ without material modifications. A material modification is one that affects the price, quantity, quality, delivery date of the requirement, or that limits in any way the responsibilities, duties, or liabilities of the Offerors, or any rights of the Contracting Agency. SEED may waive any minor informality in a quotation, which does not constitute a material modification and will reject any proposal that is not in compliance.

SEED anticipates awarding a Firm Fixed Price Purchase Order in response to this RFQ. Award for the goods sought by way of this RFQ may be made to more than one successful Offeror. The successful Offeror(s) will be notified by email as soon as SEED’s recommendation has been formally approved.

SEED reserves the right to reject the offers from any firm if, in SEED’s judgment, the quotation is not responsive to the RFQ. SEED also reserves the right to delete any item or to reject all offers and make no award if, at SEED’S sole discretion, SEED determines that the offers submitted do not satisfy the needs of the project.

 

Payments will be made in Egyptian Pounds (EGP). All commodities and services supplied under this procurement shall be subject to inspection at the request of the Purchaser. No advance payment is authorized. Awardee’s invoices must indicate the following information:

Firm’s name and address, invoice number and date, as well as the date performance was completed.

Complete account and bank’s SWIFT information if electronic funds transfer payment is preferred

RFQ number.


In order to do business with USG agencies, including USAID SEED project, Vendors that have received or are being considered for receiving single or combined awards valued at over $30k must have DUNS and NCAGE numbers and they must be registered with SAM. This registration must occur before Vendors submit tenders in response to USAID SEED RFPs, and before any PO or BPA is executed.

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The Data Universal Numbering System, abbreviated as DUNS or D-U-N-S, is a proprietary system developed and regulated by Dun & Bradstreet (D&B) that assigns a unique numeric identifier, referred to as a “DUNS number” to a single business entity. It was introduced in 1963 to support D&B’s credit reporting practice. It is standard worldwide. DUNS users include the European Commission, the United Nations, and the United States government. More than 50 global industry and trade associations recognize, recommend, or require DUNS. The DUNS database contains over 300 million entries for businesses throughout the world.

The DUNS number is a nine-digit number, issued by D&B, assigned to each business location in the D&B database, having a unique, separate, and distinct operation for the purpose of identifying them.

Please register for a DUNS number at https://fedgov.dnb.com/webforThe Commercial and Government Entity Code, or CAGE Code, is a unique, five-character identifier assigned to suppliers to various government or defense agencies, as well as to government agencies themselves and various organizations. CAGE codes provide a standardized method of identifying a given facility at a specific location (supply chain tracking). CAGE Codes are used internationally as part of the NATO Codification System (NCS), where they are sometimes called NCAGE Codes.

The System for Award Management (SAM) is an official USG website. There is no cost to use SAM. You must have an active registration in SAM to do business with the US Federal Government, including projects like USAID that it finances.

You must have a DUNS number and an NCAGE identifier before registering in SAM.

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A – TECHNICAL PROPOSAL

USAID’s Strengthening Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development (SEED) project, implemented by AECOM International Development, is part of the United States – Government of Egypt Trade and Investment Promotion in Egypt (TIPE) bilateral agreement. SEED is a three-year project, with an option year, which ends in April 2020. The project focuses on strengthening the development of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) and Entrepreneurship. More specifically, SEED’s main purpose is to increase employment and income of MSMEs and Entrepreneurs, especially those owned by Women and Youth in disadvantaged areas, by: (1) Stimulating Entrepreneurship and Innovation, (2) Enhancing formalization of Private Enterprises, (3) Improving Financial and Non-Financial services to MSMEs, (4) Integrating MSMEs and Entrepreneurs in progressive value chains, and (5) Addressing enabling environment policy reform initiatives to facilitate MSME development that is aligned to the Government of Egypt’s (GOE) socio-economic strategy.

SEED provides technical assistance, capacity building and training to business development services (BDS), One Stop Shops (OSSs) and financial service providers in order to support the growth and expansion of MSMEs in Egypt. Stakeholders and counterparts include public sector reform champions, incubators and accelerators, BDS providers, mentors, business associations, general and industry specific chambers and councils, investors, banks and non-bank financial institutions, schools and universities, public organizations, MSMEs and Entrepreneurs. SEED also collaborates closely with development agencies (donors) and their implementing partners to take full advantage of synergistic opportunities in achieving results. Special focus is given to disadvantaged areas and population groups such as Women and Youth. Youth is defined for the purpose of this activity as individuals who are between ages of 15 and 29 years old.

SEED also offers technical support to help business associations, chambers, and other representative groups that help establish MSMEs linkages into value chains and improve the enabling environment for MSME development. SEED will also focus on improving access to essential financing, information and technology; reducing bureaucratic procedures; creating commercially viable business linkages with MSMEs; addressing policies that impact ease of establishing and running a business; and expanding and improving public one-stop shops responsible for business registration and running a business; and expanding and improving public one-stop shops responsible for business registration and licensing. In summary, SEED helps entrepreneurship promotion and MSME support, (“mezzanine”) organizations develop sustainable solutions for enhancing Egypt’s competitiveness and innovation.

2 – SCOPE OF WORK (SOW)

SEED expects the proposals must include the following:

A- Corporate Profile: A brief narrative on the company that details its history and its establishment year. B – Staff Biographies: Detailed biographies and qualifications of proposed staff and their roles in the project. C- Company Portfolio: A brief listing on the company’s most-notable systems/projects that were developed previously similar to the requested under this RFP. The listing should include the most prominent clients and partners (especially the entities relevant to the scope mentioned in this RFP), in addition to the description of the responsibilities and the work done by each entity. D – Detailed Timeline: Offerors shall submit a proposed timeline for all milestones and be within the period of performance stated in this RFP. E – Completed, Signed and Stamped Scope of Work (SOW); F – Budget: Offerors will submit their Cost and Technical Proposals separately. The cost proposal shall include a budget with detailed line items.

2 – Eligibility of Firms – Source/Nationality: The authorized geographic code for the source of goods and services and for the nationality of our suppliers under this subcontract is 937. A full discussion of the source/nationality requirements maybe found at 22CFR228. Offerors whose proposals fail to meet the nationality requirements will be considered non-responsive. In addition to the above, and to comply with the Egyptian local laws, AECOM will withhold a certain percentage based on gross payment made to the subcontractor and transfer that amount, on behalf of the subcontractor, to the relevant local authorities. A copy of valid license or registration in Egypt is required ll price quotations shall be in Egyptian Pounds (EGP) excluding all local taxes but inclusive of transportation, communications, duties, facilitation fees, licenses and other costs of doing business. Local taxes must be stated separately. Payment for any resulting award(s) will be made in Egyptian Pounds (EGP). In case of any discrepancy between a unit price and a total price, the unit price will be taken as correct and the total price adjusted accordingly.

7 – PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE

All deliverables shall be completed by April 30, 2019 as maximum.

8 – VALIDITY OF PROPOSALS

Offers including prices shall remain valid for a minimum of sixty (60) days following the RFQ closing date. Offers specifying a shorter validity period will be considered non-responsive and will be rejected.

Award shall only be made to “responsible” prospective subcontractors. To enable AECOM to make this determination, the Offeror must briefly describe in the Attachment Section of the Offer that it: 1. is able to comply with the required or proposed delivery or performance schedule, taking into consideration all existing commercial and governmental business commitments; 2. has a satisfactory performance record; 3. has a satisfactory record of integrity and business ethics; 4. has the necessary technical capacity, equipment and facilities or the ability or obtain them; and 5. is otherwise qualified and eligible to receive an award under applicable laws and regulations

10 – LATE OFFERS

Offers have the right to withdraw, modify or correct its offer after such time as it has been delivered to AECOM at the addresses stated above and provided that the request is made before the RFP closing date.

12 – DISPOSITION OF PROPOSALS

Offers submitted in response to this RFQ will not be returned. Reasonable efforts will be made to ensure confidentiality of offers received from all Offerors. This RFQ does not seek information of a highly proprietary nature but if such information is included in the Offeror’s quotation, the Offeror must alert AECOM and must annotate the material by marking it “Confidential and Proprietary” so that these sections can be treated appropriately.

Regardless of the method used in the submission of proposal, the Technical Proposal and Cost Proposal must be kept separate from each other. Technical proposals must not make reference to cost or pricing data in order that the technical evaluation may be made strictly on the basis of technical merit.

1Any question raised regarding this solicitation shall be received no later than the deadline date for receipt of questions/clarifications, indicated on the cover page of this RFP. All questions must be in writing emailed to the email addresses specified on the cover page of this RFP. No questions/clarifications will be entertained should they be received by means other than the aforementioned email addresses. The RFP number shall be stated in the subject line of the email. Responses to questions received will be complied and emailed to all potential Offerors.

15 – SUBMISSION OF PROPOSAL

(a) Proposals must be submitted in an electronic format as an email attachment, sent to the email address specified above, no later than the date and time specified above. (b) The email should state in the subject the RFP number. (c) The file attachments should be in a format that can be opened by one of the following applications: PDF, MSWord, MS Excel, and MS PowerPoint. The submission of attachments in any other format may result in disqualifying the offer. (d) Please note that AECOM email server has a limitation of 10MB for the total attachments per single email. It is strongly recommended that the size of ALL attachments per a single email are less than 10MB. (e) The technical proposal and the cost (business) proposal shall be submitted in one email containing clearly identifiable attachments. The first should be name technical and the second is names cost/business. If the submission will be through several emails, then the emails should be sequentially numbered indicating the total number of emails that will be submitted.

As stated earlier, the cost proposal shall be submitted separately from the technical proposal. The budget will present the cost of performing the work specified in this solicitation. At a minimum, the cost proposal will include the following information: (a) a budget summary, (b) a detailed cost breakdown of the proposed budget to the maximum extent practical, (c) a detailed and comprehensive budget narrative. The budget narrative should clearly identify the basis of all costs, such as market surveys, price quotations, current salaries, historical experience etc. (d) contractor employee biographical data sheet, for each individual proposed in the proposal. The form to be duly signed by the individual and the Offeror.

A compliant offer is one that complies with all of the terms, conditions and technical requirements of the RFP without material modifications. A material modification is one that affects the price, quantity, quality, delivery date of the requirement, or which limits in any way the responsibilities, duties, or liabilities of the Offerors, or any rights of the Contracting Agency. SEED may waive any minor informality in an offer, which does not constitute a material modification, and will reject any offer that does not comply with the requirements of this RFP.

Evaluation of cost proposals will consider, but not limited to, the following: (1) Cost realism and completeness of cost proposal and supporting documentation, (2) Overall cost control evidenced by proposal (such as avoidance of excessive salaries, excessive cost of management oversight and other costs in excess of reasonable requirements), (3) Total resource allocation for programmatic interventions, (4) Amount of proposed fee, if any, (5) Cost efficiency of proposed other direct costs (ODCs).

Awards for the entire activity may be made to more than one successful Offeror. The successful Offeror(s) will be notified, in writing, as soon as SEED’s recommendation has been formally approved. Award(s) will be either in the form of a regular Purchase Order (PO) or a Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA). In the case of issuing a BPA, or multiple BPAs, the Project will issue Work Orders to the awarded Service Provider – on an as-needed basis – at the pricing levels established in the BPA. If there are multiple BPA-holders as result of this RFP, the work order will be issued to the BPA-holder that represents the best value for that specific order, based on price and delivery time. Any BPA issued as a result of this RFP will have a minimum duration of at least six months. The Service Provider shall furnish the equipment/services described in any Work Orders issued by the Project under the BPA. The USAID SEED Project is only obligated to pay for the equipment/services to the extent work orders are issued under any BPA resulting from this RFP. SEED reserves the right to reject the proposal from any firm if, in SEED’s judgement, the proposal is not responsive, and to delete any item or to reject all proposals and made no award if, at SEED’s soles discretion, SEED determines that the proposals submitted do not satisfy the needs of the project.

In order to do business with USG agencies, including USAID SEED project, Vendors that have received or are being considered for receiving single or combined awards valued at over $30k must have DUNS and NCAGE numbers and they must be registered with SAM. This registration must occur before Vendors submit tenders in response to USAID SEED RFPs, and before any PO or BPA is executed. The following steps therefore need to be taken by the Vendor:

The Data Universal Numbering System, abbreviated as DUNS or D-U-N-S, is a proprietary system developed and regulated by Dun & Bradstreet (D&B) that assigns a unique numeric identifier, referred to as a “DUNS number” to a single business entity. It was introduced in 1963 to support D&B’s credit reporting practice. It is standard worldwide. DUNS users include the European Commission, the United Nations, and the United States government. More than 50 global industry and trade associations recognize, recommend, or require DUNS. The DUNS database contains over 300 million entries for businesses throughout the world.

Please register for a DUNS number at https://fedgov.dnb.com/webform

The Commercial and Government Entity Code, or CAGE Code, is a unique, five-character identifier assigned to suppliers to various government or defense agencies, as well as to government agencies themselves and various organizations. CAGE codes provide a standardized method of identifying a given facility at a specific location (supply chain tracking). CAGE Codes are used internationally as part of the NATO Codification System (NCS), where they are sometimes called NCAGE Codes.

REGISTER WITH THE SYSTEM FOR AWARD MANAGEMENT (SAM):

The System for Award Management (SAM) is an official USG website. There is no cost to use SAM. You must have an active registration in SAM to do business with the US Federal Government, including projects like USAID that it finances.

 

Please register with SAM at www.sam.gov

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