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Consulting Services to Undertake an Assessment of the Potential of Recent Developments

THE WORLD BANK GROUP has floated a tender for Consulting Services to Undertake an Assessment of the Potential of Recent Developments in the Inland Water Transport Sector.The project location is USA and the tender is closing on 20 Jun 2019. The tender notice number is 1263040, while the TOT Ref Number is 33496399. Bidders can have further information about the tender and can request the complete tender document by registering on the site.

Procurement Summary

Country : USA

Summary : Consulting Services to Undertake an Assessment of the Potential of Recent Developments in the Inland Water Transport Sector

Deadline : 20 Jun 2019

Purchaser's Detail

Purchaser : THE WORLD BANK GROUP
1818 H Street, NW Washington, DC 20433 Tel : (202) 473-1000
USA

Other Information

TOT Ref No. : 33496399

Document Ref. No. : 1263040

Competition : ICB

Financier : World Bank (WB)

Tender Details

Expression of Interest are invited for Consulting Services to Undertake an Assessment of the Potential of Recent Developments in the Inland Water Transport Sector in India and Bangladesh for Nepal. The consultant will be a firm. Assignment Description One of the main problems facing Nepal is the high trade and transport costs for international trade. The Logistics Performance Index (LPI) score for Nepal is 2.51 (2018), ranking the country at 114th, in contrast to other South Asian countries like India (44th), Bangladesh (100th) and Sri Lanka (94th). The increasing demand for imported goods has led to the Import-GDP ratio to rise from 26 per cent in 2008 to 38 per cent in 2017 while the corresponding export GDP ratio declined (decreased to 2.8 per cent 2017 from 7.3 per cent in 2008). The nature of the physical terrain, the land-locked nature, a poor quality and congested transport network, and limited trade facilitation have resulted in high trade and transport costs making cross-border trade expensive. Every year spending on logistics and transports inside and outside Nepal for traded cargoes is estimated to increase by around 20 per cent. The recent developments on the inland waterway sector in India and Bangladesh may offer an opportunity for Nepal to reduce the costs of international trade. Nepal and India have agreed to formally explore the potential of the inland waterway sector to improve trans-boundary connectivity. The Prime Ministers of India and Nepal recently met in April 2018 and discussed the untapped potential of inland waterways which could contribute towards overall economic development of the region. The countries decided to explore and develop the inland waterway transport system for the movement of cargo, within the framework of trade and transit arrangements, providing additional access to sea for Nepal. Accordingly, the Government of Nepal (GON) requested the World Bank to assist in assessing the potential of the inland waterway sector. The World Bank is currently supporting India in the development of National Waterway 1 (Ganga-Bhagirathi-Hoogly river system) and the river Brahmaputra for improving and modernizing inland water transport and is also supporting the Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) on the development of the IWT sector in Bangladesh. Nepal has requested the World Bank to both share experience in the sector, and contribute to the definition of a Road Map, which can then provide basis for the GoN to assess the next steps required in evaluating the inland waterway potential. The primary objective of this assignment is to undertake a regional study, at a pre-feasibility level of analysis, that would seek to ascertain whether the current and proposed developments in the IWT sector in India and Bangladesh offers potential benefits to Nepal, with or without additional actions/investments, to realize a significant reduction in the cost of international trade. The following represent the secondary objectives for the assignment: to review and summarize the pertinent developments, current and planned, in the IWT sector in India and Bangladesh for all prospective routes for Nepalese consignments; to collate and present the current volumes, by commodity group, for all Nepalese consignments, together with projections of future growth scenarios (optimistic, normal, pessimistic) for a defined forecasting period; to provide reliable cost and time estimates for the movement of consignments, by commodity groups, for imports and exports, for Nepalese cargoes currently, by all currently used routes; to assess the cost and time for the movement of cargoes to/from Kolkata/Haldia using NW1 in India up to Shhibgunj and Kalughat terminal then after using multimodal transport movement of cargoes up to Biratnagar and Birjunj respectively; To assess the potential viability of using the IWT sector via India and Bangladesh, by river section up to Koshi Barrage and Gandak Barrage in Nepal side, for transit consignments to and from Nepal; To assess the potential viability of using the IWT sector via India and Bangladesh, by river section, for transit consignments (both EXIM and 3rd Country EXIM) to and from Nepal; To identify necessary interventions, by section, to facilitate the mode switch by section, if shown to be viable, in terms of physical infrastructure, dredging, landing, storage and handling facilities, and vessel services, scheduling, type and number, landing facilities, determining unit prices and costs from other projects in similar conditions; to determine the economic and financial viability of the proposed investments for each river section, reporting the switching values for the key economic and financial criteria; to undertake appropriate formal risk and sensitivity analysis of the proposed investments; and to provide an indication as to the potential contribution of the private and public sector in the financing, implementation and operational stages. Qualification Criteria · 1. Provide information showing that they are qualified in the field of the assignment. · 2. Provide information on the technical and managerial capabilities of the firm. · 3. Provide information on their core business and years in business. · 4. Provide information on the qualifications of the specific key staff that will be proposed for the assignment should the firm be shortlisted. * - Mandatory Shortlisted consultants will be invited to respond to a Request for Proposal. Contract awards will be made in accordance with the World Bank Group Procurement Policies and Procedures.

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