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Brazil - Ceará State Digital Backbone Network Business and Governance Model

Solicitation Number: 2013-51009A
Agency: United States Trade and Development Agency
Office: USTDA
Location: USTDA
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2013-51009A
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Added: Mar 25, 2013 11:48 am
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:
Empresa de Tecnologia da Informação do Ceará
Av. Pontes Vieira 220 - São João do Tauape
60130-240 Fortaleza, Ceará
Brazil

Telephone: 55-85-3101-6618
Fax: 55-85-3101-6601


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 develop a Technical Assistance on the proposed Ceará State Digital Backbone Network Business and Governance Model ("Project") in Brazil ("Host Country"). The Technical Assistance will further refine the public-private business model of the digital backbone network and will evaluate options for re-structuring its management and governance body.


At the state government level in Ceará, ICT policy and deployment are managed by the Information Technology Company of Ceará (Empresa de Tecnologia da Informação do Ceará - ETICE), an autonomous public company linked to the Ceará State Planning and Management Secretariat. ETICE provides public ICT services to the state. The company utilizes its own assets, and benefits from administrative, financial and technical autonomy in its activities. In 2007, the State of Ceará expanded broadband capability into what is known locally as the Cinturão Digital, a state-wide digital backbone network that is considered Ceará's highest profile ICT initiative. ETICE has requested this technical assistance from USTDA to further refine the public-private business model of the digital background network and to evaluate options for re-structuring its management and governance body.


The objective of the new model is to reflect the multiple stakeholder interests in management and governance of the network, and to ensure that the network will continue to stimulate the ICT sector across multiple industry segments and secure the benefits of robust ICT support for delivery of public services. The Technical Assistance will provide an overview and comparison of potential models, review regulatory requirements for ICT partnerships, conduct outreach to relevant stakeholders and make recommendations for the structure of this governing body. Different models to be examined may include a public-private partnership or consortium. This structure will reflect ETICE's central concern for establishing a form of permanent representation of the interests of both large and small firms, from operators to potential start-up innovators.


The U.S. firm selected will be paid in U.S. dollars from a $171,706 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/desk study 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:

https://www.ustda.gov/businessopps/rfpform.asp

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 directly to the Grantee by 1:00 PM Local (Brasília), April 23, 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.

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