Request for Proposals for Consultancy to Provide Technical Assistance for the set up of “Terimbere” SME Financing Readiness Village.

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PROCUREMENT REFERENCE NUMBER: AFR/RFP- TERIMBERE SME /JANUARY/2023

Dear Prospective bidder:

Access to Finance Rwanda (AFR) is a Rwandan not for Profit organization, established in March 2010 by the governments of the United Kingdom (UK) and Rwanda and with support from the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO). Existing funders of AFR include Sweden, MasterCard Foundation and Jersey Overseas Aid (JoA).

AFR’s strategic focus is stimulating the financial sector development by partnering with financial institutions and other stakeholders to increase access to and use of quality financial services. We identify and address constraints that prevent the financial market from reaching Rwanda’s low-income population and support Rwanda’s economic growth and promote innovations and learning that result in sustainable change in the financial sector. Improving access to financial services for the rural poor, women, youth and SMEs is a particular focus.

AFR is guided by the Market System’s Development (MSD) approach recognising that efforts to increase financial inclusion and financial sector development have to be market led and profitable for sustainability. AFR supports the Government of Rwanda’s development objectives by aligning all its interventions to the national policy frameworks including the Financial Sector Development Strategic Plan 2018-2024, and the National Strategy for Transformation (NST) 2017-2024.

Proposals should be directly responsive to all items, terms, conditions, specifications, and other documents referred to in this RFP.

  • Requests for clarifications to the contract may be submitted until Tuesday, 7th February 2023
  • Interested parties should submit their proposals no later than Wednesday  15th February 2023

Responding bidders are advised that this solicitation does not in any way obligate AFR to make a contract award or compensate the responding firms for any costs associated with the preparation and submission of their proposals. Additionally, AFR may award a contract without conducting negotiations; all proposals should be submitted initially using your most favourable terms. AFR reserves the right to award any resultant contract to other than the offeror submitting the lowest price proposal based on technical excellence, schedule superiority or client request.

All communications regarding this RFP should be addressed via email:procurement02@afr.rw

Below is the planned procurement schedule (subject to changes):

Activity Date
a)        Advert issued Tuesday, 24th January 2023
b)       Request for clarifications Tuesday, 7th February 2023
c)        Proposal closing date Wednesday, 15th February 2023
d)       Evaluation process Monday, 27th February 2023
e)        Notification to bidders Thursday, 9th March 2023
f)          Contract Signature Wednesday, 15th March 2023

Cordially,

Jean Bosco Iyacu
Chief Executive Officer

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