FCO Cross Whitehall Prosperity Framework

FCO Cross Whitehall Prosperity Framework

The Fund’s primary objective is to promote inclusive economic growth and poverty reduction.

United Kingdom-London: Foreign economic-aid-related services

2017/S 143-294714

Contract notice

Services

Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses

Foreign and Commonwealth Office
King Charles Street
London
SW1A 2AH
United Kingdom
Contact person: Jon Brinsmead
Telephone: +44 02070085886
E-mail: jon.brinsmead@fco.gov.uk
NUTS code: UK
Internet address(es):Main address: www.gov.uk/fco

I.2)Joint procurement

The contract is awarded by a central purchasing body

I.3)Communication

The procurement documents are available for unrestricted and full direct access, free of charge, at: https://fco.bravosolution.co.uk
Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned address
Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted electronically via: https://fco.bravosolution.co.uk
Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted to the abovementioned address

I.4)Type of the contracting authority

Ministry or any other national or federal authority, including their regional or local subdivisions

I.5)Main activity

Other activity: foreign affairs

Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement

II.1.1)Title:

Cross Whitehall Prosperity Framework Agreement.

Reference number: CPG/1476/2017

II.1.2)Main CPV code

75211200

II.1.3)Type of contract

Services

II.1.4)Short description:

In September 2015, HMG announced the creation of a new 1 300 000 000 GBP, Cross-Whitehall Prosperity Fund. The Fund’s primary objective is to promote inclusive economic growth and poverty reduction, in accordance with Official Development Assistance rules and the International Development Act.

For further information on the Framework requirement see ‘Information About Lots’.

II.1.5)Estimated total value

Value excluding VAT: 800 000 000.00 GBP

II.1.6)Information about lots

This contract is divided into lots: yes
Tenders may be submitted for all lots
Maximum number of lots that may be awarded to one tenderer: 2
The contracting authority reserves the right to award contracts combining the following lots or groups of lots:

Lot A: Enabling Environment, Lot B: Specialist Sectors.

II.2)Description

II.2.1)Title:

Enabling Environment

Lot No: 1

II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)

75211200

II.2.3)Place of performance

NUTS code: UK
Main site or place of performance:

China. India, Brazil, Mexico, Columbia, various countries in SE Asia, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa and Turkey.

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

Main Description

The Framework Agreement will provide one of a number of instruments relevant to the delivery of HMG’s Prosperity funded activity. It will be the preferred platform for the engagement of commercial suppliers for Prosperity related work but due to the anticipated diversity of Cross-Whitehall Prosperity programmes the Framework Agreement may not provide a solution to the totality of Prosperity requirements or, on occasion, the most efficient procurement route to market. The services procured through the Framework Agreement shall therefore be on a non-exclusive basis and UK government departments reserve the right to procure the services of third parties using other procurement routes. Where available, the ability to procure via Direct Award will also be retained.

In September 2015, HMG announced the creation of a new 1 300 000 000 GBP, Cross-Whitehall Prosperity Fund. The Fund’s primary objective is to promote inclusive economic growth and poverty reduction, in accordance with Official Development Assistance rules and the International Development Act.

The Fund’s secondary objective is to create opportunities for international business including UK companies. The UK government wishes to identify and support programmes and projects which meet both the Fund’s primary and secondary objectives.

Lot A: Enabling Environment

Lot A consists of diverse skills organised into one ‘Enabling Environment’ Lot for business which incorporates Business Environment (incl. Anti Corruption), Finance and Trade. These Prosperity themes cover strategic policy and advisory services necessary to improve business confidence, open up markets, and facilitate trade and investment, working in close partnership with governments and business stakeholders. Each Potential Provider will need to evidence that they can work at a strategic level, often across a range of themes and contexts, and deliver on high value contracts, bringing genuinely global technical knowledge and perspectives to support economic development. Each will possess a strong track record of managing delivery, often within complex environments, and in collaboration with local partners.

Potential Providers must possess relevant thematic capabilities covering at least one of the following themes: Business Environment (including Anti-Corruption) Finance, and Trade. Target countries are likely to include China, India, Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, various countries in SE Asia, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa and Turkey. Potential Providers must demonstrate significant experience of delivering services in at least one of these thematic areas plus the ability to work across a range of countries. (Note: Potential Providers should note that the countries listed are not exclusive i.e. other countries which are not listed above may be involved in these programmes). Detailed requirements and evaluation criteria will be included within the ITT pack documents Attachment 6 (TOR) and Attachment 5 (Evaluation Criteria) respectively.

Potential Suppliers can bid for one or all of the Sub-Lots. Further instructions are provided in the procurement documentation.

II.2.5)Award criteria

Price is not the only award criterion and all criteria are stated only in the procurement documents

II.2.6)Estimated value

Value excluding VAT: 200 000 000.00 GBP

II.2.7)Duration of the contract, framework agreement or dynamic purchasing system

Duration in months: 24
This contract is subject to renewal: yes
Description of renewals:

Subject to further annual extension up to a maximum of 48 months in total.

II.2.10)Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: no

II.2.11)Information about options

Options: no
II.2.12)Information about electronic catalogues

II.2.13)Information about European Union funds

The procurement is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no
II.2.14)Additional information
II.2)Description

II.2.1)Title:

Specialist Sectors

Lot No: 2

II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)

32523000
32571000
32582000
65000000
66000000
66100000
66110000
66152000
71241000
71356000
71356200
72224000
75211200
76100000
79400000
79421000
80000000
85100000
90712400

II.2.3)Place of performance

NUTS code: UK
Main site or place of performance:

Africa, Asia, Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Mexico, South America and South East Asia.

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

Main Description

The Framework Agreement will provide one of a number of instruments relevant to the delivery of HMG’s Prosperity funded activity. It will be the preferred platform for the engagement of commercial suppliers for Prosperity related work but due to the anticipated diversity of Cross-Whitehall Prosperity programmes the Framework Agreement may not provide a solution to the totality of Prosperity requirements or, on occasion, the most efficient procurement route to market. The services procured through the Framework Agreement shall therefore be on a non-exclusive basis and UK government departments reserve the right to procure the services of third parties using other procurement routes. Where available, the ability to procure via Direct Award will also be retained.

In September 2015, HMG announced the creation of a new 1 300 000 000 GBP, Cross-Whitehall Prosperity Fund. The Fund’s primary objective is to promote inclusive economic growth and poverty reduction, in accordance with Official Development Assistance rules and the International Development Act.

The Fund’s secondary objective is to create opportunities for international business including UK companies. The UK government wishes to identify and support programmes and projects which meet both the Fund’s primary and secondary objectives.

Lot B: Specialist Sectors

Lot B requirements consist of more specialist sector requirements. Potential Providers will need to evidence that they can work at a strategic level, often across a range of themes and contexts, and deliver on high value contracts, bringing genuinely global technical knowledge and perspectives to support economic development. Each will possess a strong track record of managing programme delivery, often within complex environments, and in collaboration with local partners.

To facilitate inclusion within the Prosperity Framework Contract Lot B Potential Providers must possess relevant functional and thematic capabilities covering at least one of the following sectors: Infrastructure, Future Cities, Energy, inc low carbon, Digital, Health, Education, Generalists and in at least one of the following regions: Africa, Asia, Brazil, China India, Indonesia, Mexico, South America and South East Asia. (Note: Potential Providers should note that the countries listed are not exclusive i.e. other countries which are not listed above may be involved in these programmes). Detailed requirements and evaluation criteria will be included within the ITT pack documents Attachment 6 (TOR) and Attachment 5 (Evaluation Criteria) respectively.

II.2.5)Award criteria

Price is not the only award criterion and all criteria are stated only in the procurement documents

II.2.6)Estimated value

Value excluding VAT: 600 000.00 GBP

II.2.7)Duration of the contract, framework agreement or dynamic purchasing system

Duration in months: 24
This contract is subject to renewal: yes
Description of renewals:

Subject to further annual extensions up to a maximum of 48 months.

II.2.10)Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: no

II.2.11)Information about options

Options: no
II.2.12)Information about electronic catalogues

II.2.13)Information about European Union funds

The procurement is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no
II.2.14)Additional information

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions for participation
III.1.1)Suitability to pursue the professional activity, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers

III.1.2)Economic and financial standing

Selection criteria as stated in the procurement documents

III.1.3)Technical and professional ability

Selection criteria as stated in the procurement documents
III.1.5)Information about reserved contracts
III.2)Conditions related to the contract
III.2.1)Information about a particular profession
III.2.2)Contract performance conditions:
III.2.3)Information about staff responsible for the performance of the contract

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1)Description

IV.1.1)Type of procedure

Open procedure

IV.1.3)Information about a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system

The procurement involves the establishment of a framework agreement
Framework agreement with several operators
IV.1.4)Information about reduction of the number of solutions or tenders during negotiation or dialogue
IV.1.6)Information about electronic auction

IV.1.8)Information about the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)

The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: yes
IV.2)Administrative information

IV.2.1)Previous publication concerning this procedure

Notice number in the OJ S: 2016/S 212-386113

IV.2.2)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate

Date: 03/08/2017
Local time: 12:00
IV.2.3)Estimated date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates

IV.2.4)Languages in which tenders or requests to participate may be submitted:

English

IV.2.6)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender

Duration in months: 4 (from the date stated for receipt of tender)

IV.2.7)Conditions for opening of tenders

Date: 03/08/2017
Local time: 12:00

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence

This is a recurrent procurement: no
VI.2)Information about electronic workflows

VI.3)Additional information:

The FCO wish to discuss the design, content, requirements and management of the Cross Whitehall Prosperity Framework with potential providers at a Market Engagement event to be held at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on Thursday 27.7.2017.

Details of this event will be made available to Suppliers which register on the FCO’s e-Sourcing Procurement Portal (https://fco.bravosolution.co.uk).

The duration of the Framework Agreement will be a maximum of 4 years, with the first term being 2 years, with a further possible extension of 2 (two) 1-year periods.

FCO expressly reserves the right (i) not to award any contract as a result of the procurement process commenced by publication of this notice; and (ii) to make whatever changes it may see fit to the content and structure of the tendering competition; and in no circumstances will FCO be liable for any costs incurred by the Potential Providers. If FCO decides to enter into a Framework Agreement with the successful Supplier, this does not mean that there is any guarantee of subsequent contracts being awarded. Any expenditure, work or effort undertaken prior to contract award is accordingly a matter solely for the commercial judgment of Potential Providers.

Any orders placed under this Framework Agreement will form a separate contract under the scope of this Framework between the Supplier and the specific requesting other contracting authority(s). FCO and other contracting bodies utilising the Framework Agreement reserve the right to use any electronic portal during the life of the agreement.

FCO cannot guarantee to Suppliers any business through this Framework Agreement.

How to Express Interest in this Tender opportunity:

1. Register your company on the eSourcing portal (this is only required once) — Browse to the eSourcing Portal: https://fco.bravosolution.co.uk and click the link to register — Accept the terms and conditions and click ‘continue’ — Enter your correct business and user details — Note the username you chose and click ‘Save’ when complete — You will shortly receive an email with your unique password (please keep this secure).

2. Express an Interest in the tender — Login to the portal with the username/password — Click the ‘PQQs / ITTs Open To All Suppliers’ link. (These are Pre-Qualification Questionnaires or Invitations to Tender open to any registered supplier) — Click on the relevant PQQ/ ITT to access the content. — Click the ‘Express Interest’ button at the top of the page. — This will move the PQQ /ITT into your ‘My PQQs/ My ITTs’ page. (This is a secure area reserved for your projects only) — You can now access any attachments by clicking ‘Buyer Attachments’ in the ‘PQQ/ ITT Details’ box.

3. Responding to the tender — Click ‘My Response’ under ‘PQQ/ ITT Details’, you can choose to ‘Create Response’ or to ‘Decline to Respond’ (please give a reason if declining) — You can now use the ‘Messages’ function to communicate with the buyer and seek any clarification — Note the deadline for completion, then follow the onscreen instructions to complete the PQQ/ ITT — There may be a mixture of online & offline actions for you to perform (there is detailed online help available) You must then submit your reply using the ‘Submit Response’ button at the top of the page. If you require any further assistance please consult the online help, or contact the eTendering help desk.

The following customers, and any of their successors, are permitted to use this Framework Agreement:

Department for International Development

Department for International Trade

Home Office

Department of Health

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs

Department for Culture Media and Sports

Office for National Statistics

Ministry of Defence

HM Revenue and Customs

HM Treasury

Department for Education

Department for Work and Pensions

Department for Transport

Scottish Government

Welsh Government

VI.4)Procedures for review

VI.4.1)Review body

Foreign and Commonwealth Office
London
SW1A 2HH
United Kingdom
E-mail: prosperity.procurement@fco.gsi.gov.uk
VI.4.2)Body responsible for mediation procedures
VI.4.3)Review procedure
VI.4.4)Service from which information about the review procedure may be obtained

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:

25/07/2017

 

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