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Public-Private Partnership Project in the Transport Sector

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Country:Kazakhstan
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Funding sources:Japan-Europe Co-operation Fund
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Contract type:Consultancy Services
Notice type:Invitations for expressions of interest (CSU)
Issue date: 03 Dec 2012
Closing date: 24 Dec 2012
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Public-Private Partnership Project in the Transport Sector

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD or the Bank) jointly with International Finance Corporate (IFC) is planning to assist the Ministry of Transport and Communications (MOTC) and the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade (MEDT) of the Republic of Kazakhstan with the preparation of a single road concession project for the Almaty Ring Road (BAKAD or the Pilot Concession). There is a need for consultancy services to assist MOTC, MEDT and the PPP Unit (hereinafter Beneficiaries or the Stakeholders) with the structuring and subsequent tendering and negotiation of the Pilot Concession (the assignment).

IFC and EBRD have agreed to cooperate and assist the Government of Kazakhstan with structuring of the Pilot Concession and are spliting their respective roles as follows:

- EBRD is seeking to engage international experts (the EBRD Consultant) to provide the Government with legal, environmental and financial expertise and advisory services during transaction structuring and tendering of the Pilot Concession up until financial close.
- IFC will act as a financial adviser to the Government and will also carry out technical and environmental due diligence through the engagement and supervision of consultants (the IFC Consultant).
- IFC and EBRD and their respective consultants will be cooperating and taking critical decisions on the transaction structure, risk allocation, required measures of state support and possible amendments to the legislation jointly, ie on the basis of discussions and seeking consensus whenever possible.

The overall objective of the assignment is to provide the Beneficiaries with assistance in the structuring of a feasible concession and subsequent transaction advisory services for the tendering and contracting up to the stage of signing of a concession agreement and financial close of the Pilot Concession.

Specifically, it is intended that the Consultant, acting on behalf of EBRD, and working jointly with IFC and its Consultant will prepare the concession in accordance with best international practice which will: (i) attract competitive bids from reputable private road operators; (ii) provide 'value for money' and 'affordability' to road users and the Beneficiaries; (iii) provide optimal private sector financing with a fair and optimal risk-sharing balance between private business and government; (iv) meet the financing criteria of international financial institutions to ensure successful financial close.

The assignment will be implemented in two phases:

Phase I: Structuring of the Pilot Concession in accordance with best international practice and suitable for the circumstances in Kazakhstan, and assistance to the MOTC to obtain the necessary approvals by authorized state bodies. Phase I will include preparation of the value for money analysis, financial model audit and the environmental and social assessment. Phase I will also include the comprehensive review of the legal framework and preparation of draft tender documents and assistance with pre-qualification of potential concessionaires.

Phase II: Assistance to the Beneficiaries in tendering, negotiating and signing of a concession contract. The procurement of the concessionaire will be carried out in an open international tender following best international practice.


Assignment Start Date and Duration: The assignment is expected to start in February 2013 and last for 18 months.

Cost Estimate for the Assignment: up to a maximum of EUR 907,388; Exclusive of VAT.

The consultant must determine whether any VAT would be chargeable on the services and the basis for that determination, without taking into consideration the Bank's special status as an IFI and state this to the Bank in their response to the Invitation for Expressions of Interest. To the extent that a consultant incurs input VAT on goods and services purchased in connection with the provision of services (eg VAT on airline ticket) which is not otherwise recoverable by the consultant from the local tax authority, the gross cost to the consultant of such expenses shall be treated as a reimbursable expense.

Funding Source: Japan-Europe Co-operation Fund

Eligibility: There are no eligibility restrictions

Consultant Profile: The consultant will be a firm (or a consortium of firms) with the following experience and expertise:
- successful track record in structuring major road concession projects and in providing legal and transaction advice to government agencies for the execution of such projects;
- strong legal and financial expertise in the field of concessions and PPPs, as well as environmental and social expertise;
- strong local knowledge, including familiarity with the Kazakh concession and other relevant legislation.
- experience of working in transition countries, in particular in the CIS, experience from working in the Republic of Kazakhstan will be a significant advantage.


Submission Requirements: Interested firms are hereby invited to submit expressions of interest.
In order to determine the capability and experience of consulting firms seeking to be shortlisted, the information submitted should include the following:
- company profile, organisation and staffing;
- details of experience or similar assignments undertaken in the previous five years, including their locations;
- CVs of staff who could be available to work on the assignment.
The above information should not exceed 25 pages excluding CVs.

Expressions of interest should be submitted in English through e-Selection and be accompanied by a contact sheet: http://www.ebrd.com/pages/workingwithus/procurement/notices/csu/contact_sheet.doc

EBRD's contact person:
Tel: +44 20 7338 6363
Fax: +44 207 338 7451
Email: levitska@ebrd.com


Note: Following this Invitation for Expression of Interest, a shortlist of qualified firms will be formally invited to submit proposals. Shortlisting, selection and contracting will be subject to the availability of funding.

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