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B -- B- Council of Ministers National Interconnection Network Feasibility Study, Bulgaria

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Solicitation Notice
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United States Trade and Development Agency, TDA, USTDA, C/O US TDA 1000 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 1600, Arlington, VA, 22209-3901
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Evangela Kunene, Procument Data Manager, Phone 703-875-4357, Fax 703-875-4009,
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POC: Evangela Kunene, Procurement Data Manager, Tel: 703-875-4357, Fax: 703-875-4009 : PLEASE DO NOT CONTACT THE CONTRACTS OFFICE : Proposal Submission Place: Mr. Plamen Nemchev, Director, Public Procurement Directorate, Council of Ministers, 1, Dondukov Blvd., 1000 Sofia, Bulgaria, Phone: 359-2-980-8516, Fax: 359-2-940-255-55 : The Grantee invites submission of qualifications and proposal data (collectively referred to as the "Proposal") from interested U.S. firms which are qualified on the basis of experience and capability to develop a feasibility study for a national IT network for the interconnection of government ministries in Bulgaria. The Council of Ministers (COM) network provides infrastructure for both voice and data communication and connects public sector ministries and agencies to Sofia. The COM is building this network to reduce dependence on the private sector and reduce the cost of communications among the government ministries and agencies. The major goal of this study is to evaluate the requirements for the implementation of a national interconnection network of government ministries in Bulgaria. The project would identify COM needs and look at the currently available solution packages that are considered acceptable by the industry. The proposed study is aimed at the following general targets: ? IT requirements analysis ? Interconnection architecture and standards development ? Implementation and procurement plan The study will focus on coordinating the efforts of all parties involved, to develop one single national network, while providing significant cost savings. The U.S. firm selected will be paid in U.S. dollars from a $330,860 grant to the Grantee from the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA). The Study is divided into two phases. The USTDA Grant of US$330,860 is correspondingly divided into US$231,220 for Phase I and, prospectively, US$99,640 for Phase II. Upon the completion of Phase I, Contractor shall submit the Phase I Report to the Grantee and to USTDA. USTDA would consider providing the balance of USTDA Grant funding (US$99,640) for Phase II. USTDA authorization to proceed with Phase II USTDA Grant funding would be set forth in a letter to the Grantee and to the Contractor. USTDA is under no obligation to cover expenses incurred by the Contractor for Phase II if USTDA does not provide such written authorization to proceed. A detailed Request for Proposals (RFP), which includes requirements for the Proposal, the Terms of Reference, and a background definitional mission report are available from USTDA, at 1621 N. Kent Street, Suite 200, Arlington, VA 22209-2131. Requests for the RFP should 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 4:00 P.M., January 3, 2003 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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