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 RFP Number:               ATIC-2020-001

Issuance Date:              13.01.2021

 Deadline for Offers:      30.01.2021

 Description:                 ATIC Strategic Plan Development

 For:                              National Association of ICT Companies

 Issued By:                    National Association of ICT Companies (ATIC)

 Point of Contact:           [email protected], Marina Bzovii, Executive Director

Section 1: Introduction and Instructions to Offerors                                           

1.1       Introduction

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF

ICT COMPANIES FROM MOLDOVA

 PRESENTATION

 WHO WE ARE?

National Association of ICT Companies from Moldova (“ATIC”) is the business Organization uniting more than 60 companies.  Umbrella Organization gathering over 7000 employees, representing more than 60% of Moldova’s ICT sector market value.

Being established in 2006, ATIC is the action leading association and the voice of the Moldovan ICT industry that promotes the development of the ICT sector in Republic of Moldova through viable partnerships between companies, similar organizations, government, state institutions and international organizations. The association was founded to represent the industry on different policy and legislative issues and to facilitate the exchange of best-practices between members. ATIC mission is to protect and promote the Association members’ interests as well as facilitate a more favorable ICT business climate.

VISION

The ICT sector will become an enabler of the Moldovan economy and ATIC will actively contribute into the process of making Moldovan ICT sector the growth engine focused on principles of fair competition, transparency, free and open market in line with international regulations, by creating a better business, educational and social environment for the ICT players of Moldova. ATIC will actively promote the interests of its members by getting involved into the spheres of regulation, education, capacity building, competitiveness enhancement to have ICT lead the industry and become a part of any system and process to ensure its development.

MISSION OF THE ASSOCIATION

Moldovan Association of ICT Companies promotes the development of the ICT sector in the Republic of Moldova through viable partnerships between companies, similar organizations, universities, state institutions, international organizations in order to enhance the development of the sector and members capacities, enlarge the market, improve the ICT workforce capacities, protect current investments in the country and participate in the decision making and regulatory process on the national and international level. ATIC will actively promote the interests of the members, by helping delivering the benefits of the ICT sector, while meeting the legitimate concerns of the members.

PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE

With an experience of 12 years, ATIC is committed to raise the competitiveness of the ICT sector through a large range of interventions and initiatives. The association aims at developing the human capital for ICT, supporting the tech entrepreneurship and development of innovative products and services, strengthening the market and promoting the local IT services and products.

ATIC has previous experience in working on human capital development initiatives with such projects as ”Aleg Cariera IT”, interventions to the Vocational ICT Education implemented through direct grants from Austrian Development Cooperation, Moldova ICT Summit Initiatives, The Tekwill[1] project with a focus on entrepreneurship, innovation and education with funds from USAID and Sweden, Robotics and ICT program for young people funded by USAID and Sweden, Smart Classroom program from KOICA resources. All the programs have been implemented in close cooperation with government agencies, private sector, and academia and donor community.

The development of the first ICT Excellence Center in Moldova was started in September 2015, under a USAID project, together with a number of strategic partners. It aims to improve Moldova’s global competitiveness and its business and investment environment. Innovative, high-value technology products and businesses are essential for development of the knowledge-based economy. Science, innovation and technology are the key drivers of the sustainable growth and competitiveness.

Tekwill is created with the support of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Government of Sweden through Sida/Swedish International Development Agency in the framework of the project "Development of Moldova ICT Excellence Center" implemented by ATIC in partnership with Technical University of Moldova.

Tekwill was inaugurated on March 15, 2017. During the 3 years of implementation (as the project was fully operational even before the official launch of the Tekwill center), Tekwill project completed or supported 188 educational initiatives, and 301 entrepreneurship initiatives, transforming Tekwill into one of the most successful initiatives in tech in Moldova and in the region. It has helped over 350 teams to reach better business, create opportunities and seek investment. Altogether it trained and oriented over 35,000 people.

The goal of the project is to establish and operate a fully functional and sustainable ICT Excellence Center in Moldova. The activity will establish and manage a physical facility for the Center, provide for appropriate equipment and staff, and organize trainings and services to students and IT sector workers related to information and communications technology (ICT). Over 1,000 beneficiaries are expected to receive relevant training per year. As a result of the project, the skills of the Moldovan workforce and the ICT industry in Moldova will be improved. The overarching goal of Tekwill is to ensure maximum impact on Moldova’s economy though enhancing the educational capacity and research potential of the higher education institutions in line with industry needs; hence achieving quantitative and qualitative increase in qualified IT professionals and ICT skills and nurturing successful technology startups based on modern ecosystem and world class sales and marketing force. The project will contribute to growing competitiveness of the ICT industry and of other economic sectors, overall, given the enabling role of technologies in economic and societal development.

Since 2014, ATIC has actively promoted women in tech, by launching the annual “Women in ICT” event and supporting a series of initiatives to encourage young women and girls to pursue a career in tech, such as Technovation Challenge, Rails Girls, GirlsGoIT.

Empowering Women in Tech project supported by UN Women aims at mainstream a gender perspective and promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women through information and communication technologies.

Among the main objectives are Mainstreaming gender equality and the empowerment of women through information and communication technologies (ICTs); building awareness that ICTs are tools that enable gender equality and women's empowerment, and are integral to the creation of societies in which both women and men can substantively contribute and participate.

The Youth Maker Club project has the goal to create a supportive, collaborative platform where VET students can proactively investigate, strengthen and enrich their technical skills necessary to perform specific tasks and solve real-life problem.

The project will create a nurturing learning environment that will provide a series of diversified activities, including fun ones that require hands-on application of science, technology and crafts (including mechanics, electricity, electronics). Beyond the technical skills, students will be able to strengthen essential soft skills like problem solving, communication skills, critical thinking, basic digital skills and working in teams.

1.3       Questions and Requests for Clarifications

Questions regarding the technical or administrative requirements of this RFP may be submitted no later than January 15, 18:00 local Chisinau time by email to [email protected]. Questions must be submitted in writing; phone calls will not be accepted. Questions and requests for clarification—and the responses thereto—that ATIC believes may be of interest to other offerors will be circulated to all RFP recipients who have indicated an interest in bidding.

Only the written answers issued by ATIC will be considered official and carry weight in the RFP process and subsequent evaluation. Any verbal information received from employees of ATIC or any other entity should not be considered as an official response to any questions regarding this RFP.

1.4       Offer Deadline

Offerors shall submit their proposal offers until January 30,2021 via e-mail to [email protected]

Offerors shall submit their offers in hard-copy and/or electronically.

Hard-copy offers must be received no later than January 30,2021 at the following address: 

Str. Studentilor 9/11, MD-2068

Offerors are responsible for ensuring that their offers are received in accordance with the instructions stated herein. Late offers may be considered at the discretion of ATIC. 

1.5       Protocol for Submission of Offers

  1. Hard Copy Submissions:

Each offeror must submit its proposal in two separate packages:  the Technical Proposal and the Cost Proposal.  The following number of copies is required in each submission:

  1. Technical and Cost Proposal:  Three (3) original hardcopies and one (1) electronic copy on CD of the technical proposal, per the instructions below.
  2. All offers and related documents must be enclosed in sealed envelopes with the name and address of the offeror and the RFP number (“RFP No. ATIC-2021-001”) clearly marked on the outside.  The Technical Proposal and the Cost Proposal must be submitted together.   If multiple envelopes must be submitted due to the size of a proposal, offerors must ensure that each envelope is sealed and clearly marked with the information described above.

1.6.      Technical and Cost Proposal

1.6.1    Technical Proposal

The Technical Proposal should describe in detail the offeror’s proposed plan for providing the services described in the scope of work found in Annex 1. It should demonstrate a clear understanding of the work to be undertaken and the responsibilities of all parties involved. The plan should include details on services, personnel, and subcontractors that the offeror will make available to carry out the required activities. The plan should also provide details on the anticipated delivery schedule, including an estimated completion date.

At a minimum, the Technical Proposal must contain the following required completed documents:

  1. Letter of Transmittal (see Section 3)
  2. Offeror’s Summary Sheet (see Section 4)
  3. Completed/Signed Certifications (see Section 5).
  4. Bank Account Award Certificate - copy - issued by the bank holding the account;
  5. Certificate of regular payment of taxes - copy - or certificate issued by the Tax Inspectorate on double taxation records;
  6. Past Performance Information (see Section 2.4)-minimum 3 previous track record information
  7. Concept description, including detailed schedule activities, methodology and end results
  8. Staffing capacity to undertake the current project
  9. Copy of official registration or business license
  10. 11.     Copy of relevant documentation demonstrating the authorization and quality to offer consultancy services

Subcontracting arrangements:  If the execution of work to be performed by the offeror requires the hiring of subcontractors, the proposal must clearly identify the subcontractor(s), contact information of subcontractor(s), and the work they will perform.  ATIC will not refuse a proposal based upon the use of subcontractors; however, ATIC retains the right to approve or reject the specific subcontractors selected.

All electronic copies of documents in the Technical Proposal must be in PDF, Microsoft Word or Microsoft Excel format.  

The information contained in the Technical Proposal should not contain any cost- or price-related information.

1.6.2    Cost Proposal

Taking into consideration the complexity of the work, the cost proposal is used to determine which proposals represent the best value and serves as a basis of negotiation before award of a subcontract.

It should offer a clear understanding upon the amount of work, different types of activities (if applicable), but offer a fixed price for the assignement taking into account all details.

In case the Offeror’s cost proposal exceeds the equivalent of USD 50.000, the Offeror shall provide a bank guarantee in amount of 10% per model in annex No.3 below. The bank guarantee must be annexed to Cost Proposal.

The cost proposal shall also include a budget narrative that explains the basis for the estimate of every cost element or line item. Supporting information must be provided in sufficient detail to allow for a complete analysis of each cost element or line item. ATIC reserves the right to request additional cost information if the evaluation committee has concerns of the reasonableness, realism, or completeness of an offeror’s proposed cost.

The agreement under which this procurement is financed does not permit the financing of any taxes, VAT, tariffs, duties, or other levies imposed by any laws in effect in the Cooperating Country. No such Cooperating Country taxes, charges, tariffs, duties or levies will be paid under an order resulting from this RFP.

1.7       Validity Period

Offers must remain valid for at least 120 calendar days after the offer deadline.

1.8       Eligibility of Offerors

By submitting an offer in response to this RFP, the offeror certifies that it and its principal officers are not debarred, suspended, or otherwise considered ineligible for an award. ATIC will not award a contract to any firm that is debarred, suspended, or considered to be ineligible.

1.9       Evaluation and Basis for Award

An award will be made to the offeror whose proposal is determined to be responsive to this solicitation document, meets the eligibility criteria stated in this RFP, meets the technical, management/personnel, and corporate capability requirements, and is determined to represent the best value to ATIC. Best value will be decided using the trade-off process.

This RFP will use the trade-off process to determine best value. That means that each proposal will be evaluated and scored against the evaluation criteria which are stated in the table below. Cost proposals are not assigned points, but for overall evaluation purposes of this RFP, technical evaluation factors other than cost, when combined, are considered approximately equal to cost factors. If technical scores are determined to be equal or nearly equal, cost will become the determining factor.

In evaluating proposals, ATIC will use the following evaluation criteria:

Evaluation Criteria

Evaluation Sub-criteria

Evaluation Sub-criteria

 

Technical offer (approach)

20 points

 

Personnel Qualifications

20 points

 

Past performance information

20 points

 

Overall cost proposal provided

40 points

Total Points – Technical and Cost Approach                                  100 points

This RFP utilizes the trade-off process. ATIC will award a subcontract to the offeror whose proposal represents the best value to ATIC. ATIC may award to a higher priced offeror if a determination is made that the higher technical evaluation of that offeror merits the additional cost/price.

1.11     Negotiations

Best and final price quotations are requested from all offerors. It is anticipated that awards will be made solely on the basis of these original quotations. However, ATIC reserves the right to conduct negotiations and/or request clarifications prior to awarding a subcontract.

1.12     Terms and Conditions of Subcontract

This is a Request for Proposals only. Issuance of this RFP does not in any way obligate ATIC to award a subcontract, nor does it commit ATIC to pay for costs incurred in the preparation and submission of a proposal.

This solicitation is subject to the Draft Order Terms and Conditions detailed in Section 2. Any resultant award will be governed by these terms and conditions. ATIC reserves the right to make revisions to the content, order, and numbering of the provisions in the actual subcontract document prior to execution by ATIC and the selected awardee. Issuance of a subcontract award is subject to availability of sufficient funds.

Section 2. Background, Scope of Work, Deliverables and Deliverable Schedule

2.1      Strategy Scope of Work

As specified in Annex 1, ATIC is looking to subcontract one responsible company to support developing ATIC Strategy for 2021-2025 as stated in Annex 1 (Detailed Scope of Work.).

Section 3. Payment and Financial Obligations

3.1 Subcontract Price

 The Subcontractor shall complete all the services required under this subcontract for the fixed price of             TBD                 . This price shall include all licenses, permits, administration costs, labor costs, travel costs, translation costs, materials, overhead, profit, and all other costs.

The Subcontractor will be paid the installment amounts listed under the column named “Payment Amount” only upon successful completion and acceptance by ATIC of the Strategy Document.

3.2 Payment Terms

ATIC will pay the total agreed price through a series of installment payments after Subcontractor’s completion of the corresponding deliverables and ATIC’ acceptance thereof. The Subcontractor may submit invoices for deliverables that have been accepted and approved by the authorized ATIC representative. ATIC will pay the Subcontractor’s invoice within fifteen (15) days after the following conditions have been fulfilled:

  1. the Subcontractor has delivered a proper invoice

Payment will be made in MDL or USD based on the location of the company providing services, paid via wire transfer to the account specified in the Subcontractor’s invoice. Payment of unpaid balances will be made upon completion and final acceptance of all works and deliverables by ATIC. Any invoices for services rendered and deliverables submitted—but not accepted by ATIC—will not be paid until the Subcontractor makes sufficient revisions to the deliverables such that ATIC may approve the deliverables and thus the invoice.

3.3 Invoice Requirements

The Subcontractor shall present an invoice to ATIC only for services that have been accepted by ATIC. The invoice must be an original invoice, submitted to:

ATIC

Attention: Accountant Office

National Association of ICT Companies

To constitute a proper invoice, the Subcontractor’s invoice must include the following information and/or attached documentation. This information will assist ATIC in making timely payments to the Subcontractor:

  1. Subcontractor legal name, subcontract number, invoice date, and invoice number.
  2. Deliverable(s) number, description of approved deliverable(s), and corresponding value.
  3. Bank account information to which payment shall be sent: Name of the Bank, Swift, IBAN, Address of the bank.

3.4 Cooperating Country Fees, Taxes, and Duties

This subcontract is entered into by ATIC.

As such, this subcontract is free and exempt from any taxes, VAT, tariffs, duties, or other levies imposed by the laws in effect in Republic of Moldova. 

The Subcontractor is responsible for payment of all applicable taxes, as prescribed under the applicable laws, associated with wages/salaries/compensation for services rendered by individuals employed by the Subcontractor and who are directed to work as required under this Subcontract.  The Subcontractor is liable for payment of all applicable taxes associated with revenues (profit), and other such taxes, fees, or dues for which Subcontractor is normally responsible as a result of operating its business.

3.5 Set-Off Clause

ATIC reserves the right of set-off against amounts payable to Subcontractor under this subcontract or any other agreement in the amount of any claim or refunds ATIC may have against the Subcontractor.

  1. Anti-Kickback

(a)        Definitions.

  • Kickback, as used herein, means any money, fee, commission, credit, gift, gratuity, thing of value, or compensation of any kind, which is provided, directly or indirectly, to ATIC, the ICTEC project office or any of its employees, the Subcontractor or Subcontractor employees, or vendors in any way related to the performance or subsequent activities of this subcontract, for the purpose of improperly obtaining or rewarding favorable treatment in connection with this subcontract.
  • Person, as used in this article, means a corporation, partnership, business association of any kind, trust, joint-stock company, or individual.
  • Subcontractor employee, as used in this article, means any officer, partner, employee, or agent of the Subcontractor.  

(b)        The Subcontractor and its employees, whether directly or indirectly engaged in the performance of this subcontract, agree to abide by the terms of The United States Anti-Kickback Act of 1986, which prohibits any person from providing or attempting to provide any kickback; soliciting, accepting, or attempting to accept any kickback; or including, directly or indirectly, the amount of any kickback in the contract price charged by the Subcontractor to ATIC.

When the Subcontractor has reasonable grounds to believe that a violation described in paragraph (b) of this provision may have occurred, the Subcontractor shall promptly report in writing the possible violation. Such reports shall be made to ATIC, who shall forward the report to the USAID Inspector General for investigation, as required.

The Subcontractor agrees to cooperate fully with any United States Government agency investigating a possible violation described in paragraph (b) of this article.

ATIC may offset the amount of the kickback against any monies owed by ATIC under this fixed price subcontract or order the monies withheld from future payments due the Subcontractor.

The Subcontractor agrees to include the substance of this article in any contract it may issue under this subcontract.

  1. Intellectual Property Rights

The ownership of all copyright and other intellectual property rights in respect of any data compilations, research, spreadsheets, graphs, reports, diagrams, designs, work products, software, or any other documents, developed in connection with this subcontract will exclusively vest in or remain with ATIC, which shall have all proprietary rights therein, notwithstanding that the Subcontractor or its employees may be the author of the intellectual property. All documents relating to the intellectual property or otherwise connected with this fixed price subcontract, the services, or duties must be returned or delivered to ATIC at the time of the expiration or termination of the subcontract. The Subcontractor agrees not to publish or make use of any of the intellectual property, or documents relating thereto, without the prior written approval of ATIC and proper attribution.

  1. Modifications

Modifications to the terms and conditions of this subcontract, including any modification to the scope of work, may only be made by written agreement between authorized personnel of both Parties as stipulated in Article 16 of this subcontract. Each Party shall give due notice and consideration to any proposals for modification made by the other Party.

  1. Changes

ATIC may at any time, by written order, and without notice to the sureties, if any, make changes within the general scope of this subcontract in the services to be performed.

If any such change(s) causes an increase or a decrease in the cost, or the time required for the performance, or any part of the work under the subcontract, an equitable adjustment shall be made in the subcontract price or delivery schedule, or both, and the subcontract shall be modified in writing accordingly. Any claim by the Subcontractor for adjustment under this subcontract must be asserted within 30 (thirty) days from the date of receipt by the Subcontractor of the modification or change.

  1. Assignment and Delegation

This subcontract may not be assigned or delegated, in whole or in part, by the Subcontractor without the written consent of ATIC. Absent such written consent, any assignment is void.

  1. Termination

ATIC reserves the unilateral right to terminate this fixed price subcontract at any time, paying for all deliverables completed at the time of termination and a pro-rata share of any deliverable in progress based on ATIC internal procedures.

In the event that the Subcontractor fails to make progress so as to endanger performance of this fixed price subcontract, or is unable to fulfill the terms of this fixed price subcontract by the completion date, the Subcontractor shall notify ATIC forthwith and ATIC shall have the right to summary termination of this fixed price subcontract upon written notice to the Subcontractor.

Section 3: Letter of Transmittal                                                                                        

The following cover letter must be placed on letterhead and completed/signed/stamped by a representative authorized to sign on behalf of the offeror, as part of the Technical Proposal:

To:                   National Association of ICT Companies

                        Str. Studentilor 9/11                   

Reference:       RFP No. ATIC-2021-001

To Whom It May Concern:

We, the undersigned, hereby provide the attached offer to perform all work required to complete the activities and requirements as described in the above-referenced RFP. Please find our offer attached.

We hereby acknowledge and agree to all terms, conditions, special provisions, and instructions included in the above-referenced RFP. We further certify that the below-named firm—as well as the firm’s principal officers and all commodities and services offered in response to this RFP—are eligible to participate in this procurement under the terms of this solicitation.

Furthermore, we hereby certify that, to the best of our knowledge and belief:

  • We have no close, familial, or financial relationships with any ATIC or above mentioned project staff members;
  • We have no close, familial, or financial relationships with any other offerors submitting proposals in response to the above-referenced RFP; and
  • The prices in our offer have been arrived at independently, without any consultation, communication, or agreement with any other offeror or competitor for the purpose of restricting competition.
  • All information in our proposal and all supporting documentation is authentic and accurate.
  • We understand and agree to ATIC’ prohibitions against fraud, bribery, and kickbacks.

We hereby certify that the enclosed representations, certifications, and other statements are accurate, current, and complete.

Authorized Signature:                                                                                                 

Name and Title of Signatory:                                                                                       

Date:                                                                                                                         

Company Name:                                                                                                        

Company Address:                                                                                                     

Company Telephone and Website:                                                                              

Company Registration or Taxpayer ID Number:                                                           

Does the company have an active bank account (Yes/No)?                                          

Official name associated with bank account (for payment):                                           

Section 4: Offeror’s Technical Summary Sheet                                                      

The following information must be completed and submitted in the Technical Proposal

  1. Name of Offeror:

            Tax ID No.:

DUNS No:

Address:         

Telephone/Fax No.:

  1. Is the Offeror an official dealer for the commodities offered?   ____yes   _____no

III.        International warranty on all commodities?                                   ____yes   _____no

Copy of warranty terms/conditions included?                      ____yes   _____no

How many years for the warranty?                                                      _______ years

III.        Authorized agent(s) in Republic of Moldova for service, warranty, etc.:

  1. Name(s):
  2. Address(s):
  3. Telephone No.(s):               Fax No.(s):
  4. Contact:
  1. Delivery time

Deliverable Number

Deliverable Name

Delivery Schedule

1

   

2

   

3

   

4

   

5

   

etc.

   

(NOTE: Delivery data must be honest, accurate, and upheld in any resulting subcontract.)                                                               

Company Name                                                                      

Name and title of authorized representative                                                                 

Signature                                                                    

Date

Section 5: Required Certifications                                                                         

The following certifications must be completed and submitted in the Technical Proposal:

Section 5-1: Certificate of Independent Price Determination

Certificate of Independent Price Determination

_________________________(hereinafter called the "offeror")

(Name of Offeror)

(a) The offeror certifies that—

(1) The prices in this offer have been arrived at independently, without, for the purpose of restricting competition, any consultation, communication, or agreement with any other offeror or competitor relating to— (i) Those prices;

(ii) The intention to submit an offer; or

(iii) The methods or factors used to calculate the prices offered.

(2) The prices in this offer have not been and will not be knowingly disclosed by the offeror, directly or indirectly, to any other offeror or competitor before bid opening (in the case of a sealed bid solicitation) or contract award (in the case of a negotiated solicitation) unless otherwise required by law; and

(3) No attempt has been made or will be made by the offeror to induce any other concern to submit or not to submit an offer for the purpose of restricting competition.

(b) Each signature on the offer is considered to be a certification by the signatory that the signatory—

(1) Is the person in the offeror’s organization responsible for determining the prices being offered in this bid or proposal, and that the signatory has not participated and will not participate in any action contrary to paragraphs (a)(1) through (a)(3) of this provision; or

(2)(i) Has been authorized, in writing, to act as agent for the following principals in certifying that those principals have not participated, and will not participate in any action contrary to paragraphs (a)(1) through (a)(3) of this provision ____________________ [insert full name of person(s) in the offeror’s organization responsible for determining the prices offered in this bid or proposal, and the title of his or her position in the offeror’s organization];

(ii) As an authorized agent, does certify that the principals named in subdivision (b)(2)(i) of this provision have not participated, and will not participate, in any action contrary to paragraphs (a)(1) through (a)(3) of this provision; and

(iii) As an agent, has not personally participated, and will not participate, in any action contrary to paragraphs (a)(1) through (a)(3) of this provision.

(c) If the offeror deletes or modifies paragraph (a)(2) of this provision, the offeror must furnish with its offer a signed statement setting forth in detail the circumstances of the disclosure.

Company Name:                                                                                                                                

By (Signature): ___________________ Title: _____________________

Printed Name: ____________________ Date: _____________________

Section 5-2: Certification Regarding Responsibility Matters

Certification Regarding Responsibility Matters

(a)  (1) The Offeror certifies, to the best of its knowledge and belief, that -

(i) The Offeror and/or any of its Principals -

  • Are , are not , presently debarred, suspended, proposed for debarment, or declared ineligible for the award of contracts by any state agency;
  • Have , have not , within a three-year period preceding this offer, been convicted of or had a civil judgment rendered against them for: commission of fraud or a criminal offense in connection with obtaining, attempting to obtain, or performing a public (state, or local) contract or subcontract; violation of Federal or state antitrust statutes relating to the submission of offers; or commission of embezzlement, theft, forgery, bribery, falsification or destruction of records, making false statements, tax evasion, violating state criminal tax laws, or receiving stolen property;
  • Are , are not , presently indicted for, or otherwise criminally or civilly charged by a governmental entity with, commission of any of the offenses enumerated in paragraph (a)(1)(i)(B) of this provision;
  • Have , have not , within a three-year period preceding this offer, been notified of any delinquent state taxes in an amount that exceeds $3,000 for which the liability remains unsatisfied.

(ii) The Offeror has has not , within a 3-year period preceding this offer, had one or more contracts terminated for default by any state agency.

(2) “Principal,” for the purposes of this certification, means an officer, director, owner, partner, or a person having primary management or supervisory responsibilities within a business entity (e.g., general manager; plant manager; head of a subsidiary, division, or business segment; and similar positions).   This certification concerns a matter within the jurisdiction of an agency of the Republic of Moldova and the making of a false, fictitious, or fraudulent certification may render the maker subject to prosecution under the Moldovan legislation.

(b) The Offeror shall provide immediate written notice to ATIC if, at any time prior to contract award, the Offeror learns that its certification was erroneous when submitted or has become erroneous by reason of changed circumstances.

  1. c) A certification that any of the items in paragraph (a) of this provision exists will not necessarily result in withholding of an award under this solicitation. However, the certification will be considered in connection with a determination of the Offeror’s responsibility. Failure of the Offeror to furnish a certification or provide such additional information as requested by ATIC may render the Offeror nonresponsible.

(d) Nothing contained in the foregoing shall be construed to require establishment of a system of records in order to render, in good faith, the certification required by paragraph (a) of this provision. The knowledge and information of an Offeror is not required to exceed that which is normally possessed by a prudent person in the ordinary course of business dealings.

(e) The certification in paragraph (a) of this provision is a material representation of fact upon which reliance was placed when making award. If it is later determined that the Offeror knowingly rendered an erroneous certification, in addition to other remedies available ATIC, ATIC may terminate the contract resulting from this solicitation for default.

Company Name:                                                                                                                                

By (Signature): ___________________ Title: _____________________

Printed Name: ____________________ Date: _____________________


Section 5-3: Evidence of Responsibility Statement

Evidence of Responsibility Statement

This statement describes the offeror’s internal policies and procedures, as well as its ability to comply with the terms and conditions of a potential subcontract resulting from RFP No. ATIC-2021-001. The offeror shall complete the information in this statement as part of its proposal.

Company Name:                                                                     

  1. Authorized Negotiators

The offeror’s proposal in response to RFP No. ATIC-2021-001 may be discussed with any of the following individuals. These individuals are authorized to represent our company in negotiation of this proposal.

Names of authorized negotiator(s):                                                                              

These individuals can be reached at the following office:

Address:                                                                               

Telephone/Email:                                                                  

  1. Adequate Financial Resources

We hereby certify that the above-named company maintains adequate financial resources to manage any subcontract resulting from this offer.

  1. Ability to Comply

We certify we are able to comply with the proposed schedule and period of performance, having taken into consideration all existing business commitments, commercial as well as governmental.

  1. Record of Performance, Integrity, and Business Ethics

Our record of integrity is outstanding. We have no allegations of lack of integrity or of questionable business ethics. Our integrity can be confirmed by our Past Performance References, contained in the Technical Proposal.

  1. Organization, Experience, Accounting and Operational Controls, and Technical Skills

Describe how the subcontract will be managed:                                                                                    

  1. Equipment and Facilities

We maintain the necessary facilities and equipment to carry out the subcontract.

  1. Eligibility to Receive Award

We are qualified and eligible to receive an award under applicable laws and regulation. In addition, we have performed similar work – describe:                                                                                                   

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Annex 1: Detailed Scope of Work for the Consultancy Services                                                                                            

Background
The Government has declared the ICT sector as a priority for the country, both as a productive sector and as an enabler for economic and society development. An advanced ICT sector is crucial to an innovative and efficient economy and a high standard of living for the entire society. The Ministry of Economy and Infrastructure (which absorbed the former Ministry of ICT) developed three main strategic documents – Digital Moldova 2020 Strategy for the development of digital society (approved in 2013), and Moldova ICT Industry Competitiveness Strategy (approved in 2015), Moldova IT Industry Competitiveness and Digital Innovation Ecosystem (approved in September 2018) that caters to the needs of the ICT industry as a productive sector, and represents a natural continuation of the first one. The main emphasis of the new strategy is IT competitive human capital, IT competitive business environment, ICT based innovation and support for IT investment and export.

Moldova has a small but rapidly growing IT sector only (excluding communications), employing about 29600 people, with exports of USD285 million abroad in 2019, while the overall turnover of the industry is USD 390 million. Together with telecom, the sector generates around 7.1% of GDP. With a mainly focused industry on communication and hardware sales, still the country has succeeded to increase its IT exports 40 times in the last 10 years, with a 50% growth of IT services exports only in 2017 and 2018 consecutively. The growth in IT industry has been driven by Moldova’s advantages as a subcontracting destination for IT services, based on cost, location and skills.

Where do we want to be in 3-5 years:

  1. We want to see the sector turnover growth reach 1bn USD in 3-5 years
  2. We want to reach 35000 employees in ICT in 5 years
  3. We want to reach 60,000 USD/per employee productivity rate (current rate is 22,000/per employee)
  4. We want to create 10 international partnerships and support the growth of 2-3 billion (internationally) valuated companies
  5. We want to attract min 100 mln USD for IT Industry development in Moldova in the next 5 years
  6. We want to have the best business climate for ICT in the region..

“National Association of ICT Companies from Moldova (“ATIC”) is the business Organization uniting more than 60 companies.  Umbrella Organization gathering over 7000 employees, representing more than 60% of Moldova’s ICT sector market value.

Being established in 2006, ATIC is the action leading association and the voice of the Moldovan ICT industry that promotes the development of the ICT sector in Republic of Moldova through viable partnerships between companies, similar organizations, government, state institutions and international organizations. The association was founded to represent the industry on different policy and legislative issues and to facilitate the exchange of best-practices between members. ATIC mission is to protect and promote the Association members’ interests as well as facilitate a more favorable ICT business climate.

We will focus our attention this year on providing a balance between various ATIC members needs (for Eg. Telecom, Software, Startups, Fintech, Hardware) and overall sector development in close collaboration with ATIC members’ vision. ATIC will assess the best operations models to reach the above stated results for the sector and for its members.

During the following year ATIC will focus on the following strategic areas:

  1. Strengthen the day to day activity of the association
  2. Lobby and Advocacy for Sector growth based on members vision
  • Further development of sector regional competitiveness
  1. Knowledge sharing: Communication with Members & Business Networking
  2. Development of strategic partnerships with various stakeholders
  3. Question (Projects should be an implementing unit separate from ATIC L&A)
  • International Markets Development
  • Human Capital Development

ASSIGNMENT:

Responsible companies/individuals are invited to provide consulting services to support ATIC executive team in defining its next 3-5 year strategic plan, namely 2020-2025.

The consultant/company should perform the following activities:

ATIC seeks a consultant/company to deliver and develop an actionable strategic plan, the organization envisions the scope of work being completed in various stages, that includes but is not limited to:

  1. ATIC Strategic Vision - This stage includes consensus building among ATIC Members, ATIC Team and other stakeholders in order to discover a shared strategic vision. The strategic Vision shall be:
    1. clearly stated,
    2. compelling,
    3. in line with the development of the sector
    4. timely
    5. describe a clear and present need
    6. motivate people to act o is a worthwhile challenge.
  2. Research and Validation - Needs assessment, gap analysis, SWOT analysis, research, etc. This stage should produce the substantive documentation and solutions needed for validation of discovered vision and key goals and inform the strategic planning process.
  3. Identify strategic goals and write the strategic plan, including detailed budget. This phase entails the identification of key strategic goals and the development of an actionable strategic plan that will serve as the overall blueprint for our work. This plan should include: An executive summary, as well as a comprehensive, detailed plan that identifies: ATIC’s shared vision, goals, objectives, strategies, tactics and responsible partners and their roles as well as measures and outcomes. The plan should also include: Resource development strategies and initial communications strategies.
  4. Development of implementation recommendations This stage includes the development of recommendations regarding the implementation phase of the plan. Included within this phase should be a detailed budget to implement the plan and methods of measuring successful implementation.

Stakeholders:ATIC’s activitiy is various therefore it is expected that the consulting team will perform interviews with team members, board members, members, Government partners, donor, academia, other. A tentative 15 focus groups are expected to be created, apr. min 40 interviews to be performed.. Focus groups, interviews, surveys and/or any other method that will be useful in receiving members and partners input. The contractor will facilitate group meetings with members, board, staff and other stakeholders to create consensus regarding a strategic vision and plan.

Meeting topics will align with information and data collected and may include:

  • Organizational Overview ‐ Assessment of the strengths, weaknesses, and competencies of the organization. Evaluate from the perspective of legal, organizational, business, services, etc.
  • External Overview - Assessment of opportunities and threats facing the ATIC in coming years. The assessment will include information on availability or significant limitation of resources and tools that ATIC could use to add value and further its goals.
  • Methodology - The consultant will describe the methodology used to identify vital challenges and opportunities identified.
  • Identification of Opportunities, Strategies and Vision ‐ Refining the vision for ATIC which identifies its priorities, opportunities and strategies, and clarifies the ATIC’s role and confirms its mission and values.
  • Defining Future Access or Limiting Factors - needs/implications related to potential strategic pathways.

Timeline: Provide and develop the Strategy of the Association for the following 3 (three) to 5 (five) years.

Long Term Objectives

  • Development of a long-term perspective, and capabilities to enable proactive response to growth opportunities.
  • Ensure strategic planning for ATIC development while benchmarking our organization with other similar sized non-profits or additional organizations with similar focus.
  • Define and asses ATIC objectives long term.

Short Term Objectives

ATIC seeks a strategic plan that serves as a foundation for the next three to five years. Key goals for the planning effort include:

  • Develop overarching strategy for sustainable growth that maintains ATIC’s focus on developing the ICT sector;
  • Identify priority areas for growth and development;
  • Answer key organizational questions;
  • Create prioritized list of goals and strategies;
  • Potentially update mission, vision, values.

Key aspects and items to be covered

  1. Financial – ensure and develop strategical sustainability plan and check operational efficiency of the association.
  2. Competitors- asses and identify opportunities based on existing competitors, by reviewing ATIC’s strengths, weaknesses and opportunities.
  3. Business – focus shall remain on all aspects of IT and Telecom business areas.
  4. Services – ensure the coverage of potential services to be developed by the association to further ensure it’s sustainability and business continuity.
  5. Regulatory – Develop a high level advocacy plan to cover and ensure the development of the ICT sector.

Deliverables:

  • • Presentation of the methodology. Detailed framework/design, implementation plan and data collection tools
    • Inception report and implementation plan and methodology to reach the plan
    • Full .doc, .docx report with annexes in English (and Romanian)
    • Presentation to the team members, Board and Members if requested
    • Other that may be required.Evaluate current ATIC legal and organizational format

Scenarios of further development of ATIC

Conclusions and recommendation plan

The assignment is expected to commence no later than 10 days after signing the contract

The proposals of each interested company/individual consultant should include:
• Timeframe and schedule of proposed implemented actions
• CV of key people working on the assignment
• Technical approach to complete the assignment
• Potential entry points/questionnaires to complete the assignment

Best candidates should demonstrate:
• Prior experience in strategic planning, prior IT projects or collaborations will be considered a plus

  • • Good understanding of the IT ecosystem and educational IT initiatives in the country
    • Relevant international expertise will be considered a plus
    • Fluency in all three Romanian, Russian and English will be considered a plus
    • Prior and relevant expertise/knowledge in investments projects (if physical infrastructure will be chosen as an impact component of the future assignment)

 

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