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Luxembourg-Luxembourg: EIB - Technical Assistance to support the implementation of the ‘’Armenia Apex Loan for SMEs’’ project

2015/S 111-200627

SERVICE PROCUREMENT NOTICE

Location: Armenia

 1.Reference code

2015/S 086-154243, TA2015015 AM EST
 2.Procedure

International restricted tender
 3.Programme

Eastern Partnership Technical Assistance Trust Fund
 4.Financing

Eastern Partnership Technical Assistance Trust Fund
 5.Contracting Authority

European Investment Bank, 98-100, boulevard Konrad Adenauer, L-2950, Luxembourg, Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, http://www.eib.org/about/procurement/calls-technical-assistance/ta2015015.htm


CONTRACT SPECIFICATION

6.Nature of contract
Fee-based
7.Contract description
The overall objective of this Technical Assistance (TA) operation is to support the expansion of sustainable lending to SMEs particularly in the agricultural and tourism sectors in Armenia, thus contributing to the broadening and deepening of the financial sector, supporting SMEs and promoting the development of the private sector as well as creating and securing employment and income in rural areas in Armenia.
8.Number and titles of lots
Not applicable.
9.Maximum budget
EUR 500 000
10.Scope for additional services
The Contracting Authority may, at its own discretion and subject to the availability of funding, extend the scope and duration of the project to cover complementary and/or additional services.
In case of complementary services, the extension shall be up to a maximum not exceeding 50% of the initial contract value. In case of additional services, such extension shall be up to a maximum not exceeding the length and value of the initial contract.
Any extension of the contract would be subject to satisfactory performance by the Contractor.


CONDITIONS OF PARTICIPATION

11.Eligibility
Participation is open to all interested legal and natural persons - participating either individually or in a grouping (consortium) of candidates, without nationality restrictions. Participation is also open to international organisations.
12.Candidature
All eligible natural and legal persons (as per item 11 above) or groupings of such persons (consortia) may apply.
A consortium may be a permanent, legally-established grouping, or a grouping which has been constituted informally for a specific tender procedure. All members of a consortium (ie., the leader and all other members) are jointly and severally liable to the Contracting Authority.
The participation of an ineligible natural or legal person (as per item 11) will result in the automatic exclusion of that person. In particular, if that ineligible person belongs to a consortium, the whole consortium will be excluded.
13.Number of applications
No more than one application can be submitted by a natural or legal person whatever the form of participation (as an individual legal entity or as leader or member of a consortium submitting an application). In the event that a natural or legal person submits more than one application, all applications in which that person has participated will be excluded.
14.Shortlist alliances prohibited
Any tenders received from tenderers comprising firms other than those mentioned in the short-listed application forms will be excluded from this restricted tender procedure. Short-listed candidates may not form alliances or subcontract to each other for the contract in question.
15.Grounds for exclusion
As part of the application form, candidates must submit a signed declaration, included in the standard application form, to the effect that they are not in any of the exclusion situations listed in Section 2.3.3 of the Practical Guide to contract procedures for EC external actions.
16.Sub-contracting
Subcontracting is not allowed.
17.Number of candidates to be short-listed
On the basis of the applications received, between 4 and 8 candidates will be invited to submit detailed tenders for this contract. If the number of eligible candidates meeting the selection criteria is less than the minimum of 4, the Contracting Authority may invite the candidates who satisfy the criteria to submit a tender.


PROVISIONAL TIMETABLE

18.Provisional date of invitation to tender
July 2015
19.Provisional commencement date of the contract
November 2015
20.Initial period of implementation of tasks and possible extension of the contract
The initial period of execution of the contract shall be of nine (9) months. This period may be extended, with the prior approval of the Contracting Authority. See also item 10 above.


SELECTION AND AWARD CRITERIA

21.Selection criteria
The following selection criteria will be applied to candidates. In the case of applications submitted by a consortium, these selection criteria will be applied to the consortium as a whole:
1) Economic and financial capacity of candidate (based on item 3 of the application form). In case of applicant being a public body, equivalent information should be provided.
(a) The annual turnover (if the candidate is an individual company) or the average annual turnover (if the candidate is a consortium) of the candidate must be of at least EUR 1,000,000 for each of the last three years (2014, 2013 & 2012) for which accounts have been closed. Note to candidates: In the application form, please make sure to include the actual year for which the data is provided
(b) The average of cash and cash equivalents at the beginning and at the end of year of the last three years (2014, 2013 & 2012) for which accounts have been closed are positive.
2) Professional capacity of candidate (based on items 4 and 5 of the application form)
(a) The number of the permanent staff of the candidate (individual company or consortium overall) currently working in fields related to this contract (as they are described in item 7 – “Contract Description” above), must be at least 5 for each of the last three years (2014, 2013 & 2012). Note to candidates: In the application form, please make sure to include the actual year for which the data is provided
(b) For each of the last three years (2014, 2013 & 2012), at least 50% of the overall number of staff of the candidate (individual company or consortium overall) is permanent. Note to candidates: In the application form, please make sure to include the actual year for which the data is provided.
3) Technical capacity of candidate (based on items 5 and 6 of the application form)
Legal persons:
The candidate (individual company or consortium altogether) has successfully completed, during the last 5 years (commencement date from January 2010 up to the deadline for the receipt of applications indicated under item 23 below), at least 2 projects of a minimum value of EUR 500,000 equivalent for each project, with activities on the capacity building and strengthening of financial intermediaries (banks and non-bank credit institutions) and of SMEs in agriculture/rural sectors and are similar to those described under item 7 – “Contract description” above, and should demonstrate that it had a participation of minimum 60% in each of the project(s) brought as reference. Note to candidates: the referenced projects / service contracts must have been completed (i.e. final payment made by the Client) at any time during the mentioned period and up to the deadline for the submission of applications. The candidate may refer to a part of an assignment which has not yet competed, but only in so far as that part is successfully completed and its date of completion and the candidate’s contribution may be clearly identified and proven through adequate documentary evidence (such as certificates from the client). Where the projects referenced have been implemented by consortia comprising two or more of the members now associated as a consortium for this tender procedure, their respective percentages shall be added together, in order for the application to be assessed on the basis of the consortium as a whole.
An economic operator may, where appropriate and for a particular contract, rely on the capacities of other entities, regardless of the legal nature of the links which it has with them. It must in that case prove to the Contracting Authority that it will have at its disposal the resources necessary for performance of the contract, for example by producing an undertaking on the part of those entities to place those resources at its disposal. Such entities, for instance the parent company of the economic operator, must respect the same rules of eligibility and notably that of nationality, as the economic operator.
If more than 8 eligible candidates meet the above selection criteria, the relative strengths and weaknesses of the applications of these candidates must be reexamined to identify the eight best applications for the tender procedure. The only factors which will be taken into consideration during this re-examination are, in order of precedence:
(1) The number of projects brought as references which comply with the requirements of criterion 3(a) above;
(2) The cumulated value of projects brought as reference which comply with the requirements of criterion 3(a) above and
(2) The number of projects brought as references implemented in the Caucasus region which comply with the requirements of criterion 3(b) above and 3(c) above.
22.Award criteria
Best value for money.


APPLICATION

23.Deadline for receipt of applications
The applications must be received by the Contracting Authority no later than 17:00 hrs. CET on 13 July 2015
Any application received after this deadline will not be considered.
24.Application format and details to be provided

Applications must be submitted using the standard application form (available at the following EIB web page: http://www.eib.org/projects/regions/med/instruments/technical-assistance/procurement/index.htm), whose format and instructions must be strictly observed.

Any additional documentation (brochure, letter, etc.) sent with an application will not be taken into consideration.
25.How applications may be submitted
Applications must be submitted in English exclusively to the Contracting Authority:
• EITHER by recorded delivery (official postal service) to :
European Investment Bank (EIB), Mr Stefan Kerpen, Head of Consultant Procurement and Contract Management Unit, SG/AS/ Consultant Procurement and Contract Management Unit (CPCM), 100 boulevard Konrad Adenauer, L-2950 Luxembourg
• OR hand delivered (including courier services) to:
European Investment Bank (EIB), Mr Stefan Kerpen, Head of Consultant Procurement and Contract Management Unit (CPCM), SG/AS/ Consultant Procurement and Contract Management Unit (CPCM), 100 boulevard Konrad Adenauer, L-2950 Luxembourg
The Contract title and the Reference code (see item 1 above) must be clearly marked on the envelope containing the application and must always be mentioned in all subsequent correspondence with the Contracting Authority.
Applications submitted by any other means will not be considered.
26.Alteration or withdrawal of applications
Candidates may alter or withdraw their applications by written notification prior to the deadline for submission of applications. No application may be altered after this deadline.
Any such notification of alteration or withdrawal shall be prepared and submitted in accordance with Item 25. The outer envelope (and the relevant inner envelope if used) must be marked 'Alteration' or 'Withdrawal' as appropriate.
27.Operational language
All written communications for this tender procedure and contract must be in English.
28.Additional information
“None”
29.Date of publication of contract forecast
05 May 2015
30.Legal basis
The European Investment Bank Board of Directors’ decision of 14 July 2010 on the establishment of a multi-purpose and multi-sectoral fund, the Eastern Partnership Technical Assistance Trust Fund (EPTATF).