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Expression of Interest (EOI) for Providing Inspection Services

08 Apr, 2021

Ministry of Commerce & Industry Federal Republic of Somalia Expression of Interest (EOI) for Providing Inspection Services

The Federal Government of Somalia recognizes the importance of trade and industrialization for socio-economic growth; and thus launched the Quality Control & Standardizations law and other regulatory framework related to trade and industry of which the Ministry of Commerce and Industry is mandated to do. The Federal Government of Somalia has also crafted a National Development Plan and priorities for economic recovery and sustainable development; and committed to engage international, national and sub-national stakeholders. Trade, Commerce and industries remain critical to the relative stability and gains shown by Somalia’s economy. These sectors also remain the engine of the growth of Somalia’s private sector, establishing relative favorable business environments that have facilitated investment in several sectors including agriculture, livestock, telecommunications, and remittances.

However, the country faces many barriers that prevent it from benefiting fully from the world trading system. Internal barriers, e.g. inadequate knowledge and limited accessibility to information on export opportunities, excessive red tape, inadequate financing, poor quality infrastructure, all pose major obstacles to Somalia’s trade expansion and diversification efforts. Such quantifiable supply-side constraints substantively add to operational costs and undermine trade development and export competitiveness in Somalia. MoCI has re-established the Somali Bureau of Standards (SOBS) last year and currently, SOBS is about to stand on its feet and established most of the crucial bylaws that are mandatory for effective Quality Infrastructure for Somalia. There is a strong perception that market demand for conformity services, particularly with regards to testing and calibration services for the private sector, is higher than currently available. However, exporters from Somalia are currently hampered by the lack of internationally accredited testing facilities for certification of products for export.

Fortunate, in this month SOBS’ Board of Directors adopted ISO/IEC 17020, ISO/ IEC 17025 & ISO 17065 to regulate the CBCA program and local products certification systems. Moreover, also the Board approved the CONSIGNMENT BASED CONFORMITY ASSESSMENT (CBCA) & CONFORMITY ASSESSMENT SERVICES (TESTING, INSPECTION AND CERTIFICATION) programs, the procedures for commissioning accredited, reputable International & Local inspection bodies by applying National Standards and Regional, International Standards, Technical Regulations on behalf of Federal Government of Somalia.

In the view of the above, the Ministry of Commerce & Industry (MoCI) & OPM now invites eligible inspection companies to indicate their interest in providing the Services. Interested Companies should proof that they:

• Can provide an information demonstrating that they have the required qualifications and relevant experience to perform the services to offer inspection of all items being imported and exported into/out of Somalia.

• Has/have the required professional skills, personnel and technical resources to provide the services requested by the client.

Specifically • Can carry out all the inspection services for Petroleum products, machinery, all edibles for human consumption. Construction materials, Electronic equipment, white goods, textiles, Medicines, and automobile vehicles.

Companies may associate with other firms to enhance their qualification but should indicate clearly whether the association is in the form of a joint venture and/or a sub-contractor. In case of a joint venture, all the partners in the joint venture shall be jointly and severally liable for the entire contract, if selected.

The bidders are expected to examine all instructions, forms, terms, project requirements and other details in the ToR documents. The EOI for this assignment can be found at the following website: www.moci.gov.so and www.opm.gov.so and the full ToR of the assignment can be provided upon submission of application by e-mail to info@moci.gov.so

Once received the ToR, the Final Technical Proposal should be sent to info@moci.gov.so latest on 21st, April 2021 at 11:00 AM (Mogadishu Time). Waxa la ogeysiinayaa Shirkadaha Maxalliga ah iyo kuwa Caalamiga ah ee ku takhasusay Tayo-Dhawrka iyo Jaangoynta inay soo dalbadaan fursaddan Qandaraas ee ay soo xayaysiiyeen Wasaaradda Ganacsiga iyo Xafiiska Raysul Wasaaraha XFS.

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