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Vietnam - Information and Communication Technology Management Project For The Ho Chi Minh City Water Supply Network

Solicitation Number: 2012-31025A
Agency: United States Trade and Development Agency
Office: USTDA
Location: USTDA
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Combined Synopsis/Solicitation
Added: Nov 28, 2012 12:59 pm
POC: Anthony O'Tapi, USTDA
1000 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 1600
Arlington, VA 22209-3901
Tel: (703) 875-4357
Fax: (703) 875-4009

Proposal Submission Place:
Mr. Tran Dinh Phu
CEO / General Director
Saigon Water Supply Corporation
Office #1
Cong Truong Quoc Te, District 3
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Phone Number: +84 8 8227427
Fax Number: +84 8 8241644
Email: Sawaco_Tapmu@Vnn.Vn

The Grantee invites submission of qualifications and proposal data (collectively referred to as the "Proposal") from interested U.S. firms that are qualified on the basis of experience and capability to conduct technical assistance for the Saigon Water Corporation (SAWACO) Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Strategy and Implementation Plan in Vietnam.

The Grantee, SAWACO, was established in 1874 to manage HCMC water supply operations and is a government-owned enterprise operating under the HCMC Peoples' Committee. In 2005, SAWACO's current structure was established as a holding company with subsidiaries. The technical assistance was requested by SAWACO to improve its ICT systems to enhance management and operational efficiency in the Ho Chi Minh City water supply system.

The technical assistance would help enhance information management and the existing ICT strategy by: offering an objective assessment of the technical environment at SAWACO and then recommending an ICT architecture including ICT applications, data, technology, and network parameters; defining policies, standards, and procedures for ICT governance and decision making; recommending an organizational structure for supporting ICT; and providing an ICT Implementation Plan with a schedule and budget. In turn, the ICT Implementation Plan would focus on evaluating and recommending systems such as SCADA, information management, GIS, billing and accounting systems, and asset inventory and management systems. By helping SAWACO improve its operations, business and strategic planning, the assistance would help it to meet its potable water supply goals for both residential and industry users to meet HCMC's demand.

The purpose of the technical assistance is to help SAWACO improve its ICT systems and practices to enhance management and operational efficiency in the Ho Chi Minh City water supply system in Vietnam.

The U.S. firm selected will be paid in U.S. dollars from a $593,660 grant to the Grantee from the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA).

A detailed Request for Proposals (RFP), which includes requirements for the Proposal, the Terms of Reference, and portions of a background definitional mission report are available from USTDA, at 1000 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 1600, Arlington, VA 22209-3901. To request the RFP in PDF format, please go to:

Requests for a mailed hardcopy version of the RFP may also be faxed to the IRC, USTDA at 703-875-4009. In the fax, please include your firm's name, contact person, address, and telephone number. Some firms have found that RFP materials sent by U.S. mail do not reach them in time for preparation of an adequate response. Firms that want USTDA to use an overnight delivery service should include the name of the delivery service and your firm's account number in the request for the RFP. Firms that want to send a courier to USTDA to retrieve the RFP should allow one hour after faxing the request to USTDA before scheduling a pick-up. Please note that no telephone requests for the RFP will be honored. Please check your internal fax verification receipt. Because of the large number of RFP requests, USTDA cannot respond to requests for fax verification. Requests for RFPs received before 4:00 PM will be mailed the same day. Requests received after 4:00 PM will be mailed the following day. Please check with your courier and/or mail room before calling USTDA.

Only U.S. firms and individuals may bid on this USTDA financed activity. Interested firms, their subcontractors and employees of all participants must qualify under USTDA's nationality requirements as of the due date for submission of qualifications and proposals and, if selected to carry out the USTDA-financed activity, must continue to meet such requirements throughout the duration of the USTDA-financed activity. All goods and services to be provided by the selected firm shall have their nationality, source and origin in the U.S. or host country. The U.S. firm may use subcontractors from the host country for up to 20 percent of the USTDA grant amount. Details of USTDA's nationality requirements and mandatory contract clauses are also included in the RFP.

Interested U.S. firms should submit their Proposal in English and in Vietnamese directly to the Grantee by 4:00 PM, January 18th, 2013, at the above address. Evaluation criteria for the Proposal are included in the RFP. Price will not be a factor in contractor selection, and therefore, cost proposals should NOT be submitted. The Grantee reserves the right to reject any and/or all Proposals. The Grantee also reserves the right to contract with the selected firm for subsequent work related to the project. The Grantee is not bound to pay for any costs associated with the preparation and submission of Proposals.

1000 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 1600,
C/O US TDA 1000 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 1600
Arlington, Virginia 22209-3901
Anthony O'Tapi
Phone: 703-875-4357