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ASEAN Connectivity through Trade and Investment (ACTI)

Solicitation Number: SOL-486-13-000005
Agency: Agency for International Development
Office: Overseas Missions
Location: Thailand USAID-Bangkok
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Combined Synopsis/Solicitation
Added: Nov 29, 2012 6:33 am
The United States Agency for International Development, USAID/RDMA intends to release a solicitation for the ASEAN Connectivity through Trade and Investment (ACTI) activity to provide technical assistance, training, materials, and other resources as needed to accelerate the implementation of select components of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Economic Community Blueprint.

ASEAN is advancing economic integration among its Member States through a harmonized system of protocols and implementation regimes governing intra- and extra-regional investment flows, trade, and the production and movement of goods and services within ASEAN member states and beyond. The activity will focus on assisting ASEAN's regional economic-related working bodies as well as national level assistance in several ASEAN member states to implement their commitments under the ASEAN Economic Community so that the whole of ASEAN will derive the benefits of an integrated and harmonized customs, trading, and investment regime by 2015. The activity will also support overall United States Government economic cooperation with ASEAN, which occurs through various economic agencies in support of the ASEAN-U.S. Trade and Investment Framework Arrangement (TIFA) and other relevant agreements.

The overall development goal of the activity is to strengthen ASEAN integration by expanding capacity in trade, investment and human capital to enable ASEAN to drive its realization of ASEAN Economic Community and integration into the global economy. It will contribute to the overall ASEAN-U.S. Partnership Program effort.

The component objectives of the activity are: (a) strengthened regional integration utilizing an operational ASEAN Single Window architecture, improved terms of trade in the ASEAN region, greater ASEAN member country capacity to implement Single Window systems, and continuation of trade enhancing reforms and standards harmonization in priority industry sectors in collaboration with the private sector; (b) improved capacity of ASEAN Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), particularly in less-developed Members States, to bridge the development gap allowing for effective and leveled participation in the ASEAN Economic Community; (c) strengthen ASEAN capacity to implement its ICT Master Plan; and, (d) increased capacity of ASEAN Member States to facilitate delivery of clean energy and energy efficient technologies to their citizens. Reflecting the demand-driven nature of U.S. assistance to ASEAN and to take advantage of "windows of opportunity" that were not present or accounted for at the design/award stage, the activity will provide flexibility to address relevant elements of the ASEAN Economic Community Blueprint and the ASEAN-U.S. Enhanced Partnership Plan of Action (2011-2015).

USAID/RDMA envisions a combination of technical assistance, training and grants (for either U.S. or ASEAN Member State-based organizations) to ensure rapid response to emerging opportunities to achieve activity objectives. USAID also places emphasis on the utilization of regional expertise and partnerships in the provision of technical assistance.

All responsible sources may submit a proposal which shall be considered by the agency.

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Other (Draft RFPs/RFIs, Responses to Questions, etc..)
Posted Date:
November 29, 2012
Description: Solicitation package for ASEAN Connectivity through Trade and Investment (ACTI).

Amendment 1

Posted Date:
December 27, 2012
Description: Amendment #1 of the subject solicitation.

Amendment 2

Posted Date:
January 7, 2013
Description: SOL-486-13-000005 Amendment No. 2
American Embassy/Bangkok
USAID Box 47
APO, 96546
Indonesia (and other ASEAN Member States as needed)

Maria RosarioArenas,
Sr. Acquisition and Assistance Specialist
Phone: 66-2-257-3004
Fax: 66-2-257-3099
Craig Riegler,
Regional Contracting Officer
Phone: 662-257-3005
Fax: 662-257-3099