April 11th, 2024

Tender Invitation - Consultancy Services to Conduct a Baseline Study for the Project Digitalisation for East African Trade and Integration (DIGEAT) (GIZ)

The Common Market is the East African Community's (EAC) second significant regional integration pillar, enforced since 2010 following the EAC Treaty. This milestone follows the Customs Union, which was established in January 2010. Despite market access commitments within professional service markets, the absence of recognition for foreign qualifications and experience remains a central obstacle to trading in professional services. This limitation hampers the unrestricted mobility of professionals across borders, whether as individuals or professional firms.

The Mutual Recognition Agreements (MRAs) signed by the four countries - Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, and the United Republic of Tanzania - represent a significant stride towards addressing the abovementioned challenge. Following a prolonged period of dormancy, additional countries, such as South Sudan is now joining while efforts are underway to establish Competent Authorities in other EAC Partner States. These MRAs encompass various professions in the countries mentioned above, including accountants, architects, engineers, and veterinarians.

German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) through Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) Tanzania has signed an agreement with the EAC Secretariat to implement together a project called "Digitalisation of East African Trade and Integration (DIGEAT)". The project's main objective is to simplify cross-border access to labour markets in the EAC partner states for engineers.

DIGEAT stands at the forefront of revolutionising the digital implementation of MRAs. This pioneering effort calls for an in-depth study to identify any current obstacles hindering the recognition of engineers and to measure the readiness of EAC partner states that have signed MRAs for full-scale implementation. This thorough analysis covers various factors, including Competent Authorities governance structures, registration procedures, and adherence to national legislation. Furthermore, it involves benchmarking against national/regional standards, evaluating associated legal frameworks, considering labour economics, and assessing digital readiness. By delving into these critical areas, DIGEAT aims to ensure a seamless transition towards digital operationalisation while setting a precedent for efficient and effective implementation of MRAs across various sectors and regions.

Henceforth, GIZ Tanzania/EAC cordially invites qualified consultancy firms to submit tenders for this consultancy. Prospective consultants should possess a robust network and exhibit the requisite resources to complete the assigned task successfully.

Interested candidates can access the tender documents by clicking here.

Submission of offer:

Please submit technical and financial proposal by email to tz_quotation@giz.de latest by 21st April 2024.

We will answer your request during office hours from 8:00 to 15:00 hours local time, Monday to Friday, except public holidays.

Late Bids, Partial Bids, Bids not received shall not be accepted for evaluation irrespective of the circumstances.

GIZ is not obliged to follow any condition in nominating the supplier and has the right to accept or reject any or all bids.