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Digitalisation of Caribbean Music and Capacity Building Initiative Project

GOVERNMENT OF BARBADOS DIGITALISATION OF CARIBBEAN MUSIC AND CAPACITY BUILDING INITIATIVE PROJECT CONSULTANCY SERVICES FOR FEASABILITY STUDY AND ACTION PLAN REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST

The Barbados Investment and Development Corporation (BIDC) has received financing from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) in an amount equivalent to US $149,950 towards the cost of a Digitalisation of Caribbean Music and Capacity Building Initiative Project and intends to apply a portion of the proceeds of this financing to eligible payments under a contract for which this invitation is issued.  Payments by CDB will be made only at the request of the BIDC and upon approval by CDB, and will be subject in all respects to the terms and conditions of the Financing Agreement. The Financing Agreement prohibits withdrawal from the financing account for the purpose of any payment to persons or entities, or for any import of goods, if such payment or import, to the knowledge of CDB, is prohibited by a decision of the United Nations Security Council taken under Chapter VII of the Charter of the United Nations. No party other than the BIDC shall derive any rights from the Financing Agreement or have any claim to the proceeds of the Financing.

The BIDC, the Executing Agency, now wishes to procure consultancy services for the Digitalisation of Caribbean Music and Capacity Building Initiative Project.

The objective of the consultancy is to assess the feasibility of and make recommendations for the implementation of an appropriate digital platform, that can enhance the sales, marketing and distribution of Caribbean music and the training of stakeholders (with a particular focus on engaging women/female artists) in the music industry on the requirements for its successful implementation. The duration of the assignment is expected to be for a period of six (6) months.

The BIDC now invites interested eligible consulting firms to submit Expressions of Interest for the provision of these consultancy services.

Consultants shall be eligible to participate if:
(a) in the case of a body corporate, it is legally incorporated or otherwise organised in an eligible country, has its principal place of business in an eligible country and is more than 50 per cent beneficially owned by citizen(s) and/or bona fide resident(s) of eligible country(ies) or by a body(ies) corporate meeting these requirements;

(b) in the case of unincorporated firms, the persons are citizens or bona fide residents of an eligible country; and

(c) in all cases, the consultant has no arrangement and undertakes not to make any arrangements, whereby any substantial part of the net profits or other tangible benefits of the contract will accrue or be paid to a person not a citizen or bona fide resident of an eligible country.

Eligible countries are member countries of CDB

The attention of interested Consultants is drawn to paragraph 1.9 of CDB’s Guidelines for the Selection and Engagement of Consultants (2011), setting forth CDB’s policy on conflict of interest.

In the assessment of submissions, consideration will be given to technical competence, qualifications and experience, local and regional experience on similar assignments, financial capability and existing commitments. All information must be submitted in English. Further information may be obtained from the first address below between 8:00am and 4:00pm hours Monday to Friday.

Expressions of Interest must be received in hard copy or by electronic message at the first address below no later than 4:00pm hours on Monday, October 254th, 2016 and one hard copy must be sent simultaneously to CDB at the second address below. The sealed envelope containing each submission should include the name and address of the applicant and shall be clearly marked “Expression of Interest – Consultancy Services for feasibility study and action plan

Following the assessment of submissions, a short-list of not less than three and not more than six applicants will be provided with full terms of reference and invited to submit technical and financial proposals to undertake the assignment. The BIDC reserves the right to accept or reject late applications or to cancel the present invitation partially or in its entirety. It will not be bound to assign any reason for not short-listing any applicant and will not defray any costs incurred by any applicant in the preparation and submission of Expressions of Interest.

Address 1
Barbados Investment and Development Corporation
Princess Alice Highway
Bridgetown
Barbados, W. I.
Email: mdiagne@bidc.org
Tel: +1246-427 5350

Address 2
Caribbean Development Bank
Wildey
St. Michael
Barbados, W. I.
Email: hardinl@caribank.org
Tel: +1246-431 1600

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