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Notice Date
October 3, 2001
Contracting Office
USTDA, 1621 N. Kent Street, Suite 200, Arlington, VA 22209-2131
ZIP Code
Response Due
November 19, 2001
Point of Contact
Evangela Kunene, USTDA, 1621 N. Kent Street, Suite 200, Arlington, VA 22209-2131, Tel: (703) 875-4357, Fax: (703) 875-4009.
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 on the revitalization of a meat processing plant in Nigeria. Cattle are the basis of wealth in Bauchi State. Producers are typically nomadic and local farmers that raise cattle for sale on the market. The fully state-owned Bauchi Meat Products Company Limited (BMPCL) was established in 1964 as a processing facility for the state's cattle industry, but ceased its operations in 1996. The plant contains a private rail siding with four refrigerated cars, holding pens, cooling/freezing storage rooms, compressors, a full machine shop, and a cannery. An on-site crew currently maintains the equipment, which is in relatively good condition. The state government has spent $700,000 on upgrades such as building renovation, new power generation units, and wall fencing. BMPCL envisions the meat plant to become the processing hub of Nigeria's cattle industry. This would allow it to benefit from the growing demands of the market, which is being spurred partly by the fast food industry. A major advantage of the plant is that it is located next to the chief veterinarian of the state, which does all health inspections for live and slaughtered cattle. Another advantage is that the state government plans to connect a 7500-hectare cattle ranch to the plant that would serve as a feedlot and model farm. Furthermore, the plant is Halal certified, which would enhance its marketing of products into Middle Eastern and North African markets. The facility has the potential to support a 250 head slaughter rate per day. However, a study is required to verify the supply of cattle and essential replacement parts/equipment and transportation infrastructure components (rail, refrigerated cars, trucks), and design a modern waste management system. BMPCL plans to use the study to attract investors although it intends to keep a minority stake in the project for several years. The objective of the Feasibility Study is to assist BMPCL in revitalizing the existing meat processing plant. The tasks for the Feasibility Study are summarized as follows: 1) determination of the adequacy of animal supply and verification of markets, 2) evaluation of the plant for equipment and infrastructure requirements, 3) evaluation of the feedlot operation and required inputs, 4) waste management and environmental assessment, 5) financing options analysis, and 6) preparation of final report to the BMPCL and TDA. The U.S. firm selected will be paid in U.S. dollars from a $70,150 grant to the Grantee from the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (TDA). 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 TDA, at 1621 N. Kent Street, Suite 200, Arlington, VA 22209-2131. Requests for the RFP should be faxed to the IRC, TDA 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 TDA 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 TDA to retrieve the RFP should allow one hour after faxing the request to TDA 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, TDA 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 mailroom before calling TDA. Only U.S. firms and individuals may bid on this TDA financed activity. Interested firms, their subcontractors and employees of all participants must qualify under TDA's nationality requirements as of the due date for submission of qualifications and proposals and, if selected to carry out the TDA-financed activity, must continue to meet such requirements throughout the duration of the TDA-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 TDA grant amount. Details of TDA'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 3:00 P.M., Monday, November 19, 2001 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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