Study on Export Coordination Challenges to the AfCFTA Market

Country: Ethiopia
Organization: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
Closing date: 30 Apr 2021

Invitation to Bid


African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) is one of the flagship projects identified under the Agenda 2063 of the African Union Commission (AUC). AfCFTA is an initiative for free movement of goods and services in the continent through gradual elimination of tariff and non-tariff barriers to Trade in Goods (TiG) and successive liberalization of Trade in Service (TiS). In order to facilitate the trading system, AfCFTA ensures that all trade related issues are covered, and the necessary institutional and legal frameworks are realized. AfCFTA assists State Parties to improve competitiveness of their industries, exploit economies of scale and create value chain within Africa which in turn contributes to economic growth and creation of jobs. The bigger market has also the potential to attract huge investment from the rest of the world in value adding sectors.

The Agreement Establishing African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) was signed in March 2018 in Kigali together with the Kigali Declaration and Free Movement Protocol. As of Feb 2021, all AU member states, except one, have signed the Agreement Establishing AfCFTA of which 36 member states ratified it. AfCFTA started operation on 1st of Jan 2021 and the newly established AfCFTA Secretariat in Ghana is given the responsibility of implementing AfCFTA, in collaboration with AUC.

The Federal Government of Germany has been supporting the AfCFTA initiative since end of 2015. The first phase of GIZ programme, Project Support to AfCFTA, supported the African Union Commission (AUC) through financial and technical assistance. The second phase, Programme Support to AfCFTA, started operation in August 2020 with a total budget of EUR 18.5M. The programme will be implemented for 2.5 years with the aim of strengthening the framework conditions to realize the African Continental Free Trade Area at continental, regional and national level. The support is framed under 5 thematic areas which encompasses: strengthening the steering and coordination capacities of AfCFTA negotiation and implementation; facilitating the Trade in Services (TiS) negotiation; supporting implementation of obligations under Trade in Goods (TiG); supporting preparation for the second phase of negotiation; and promoting socially, ecologically and economically sustainable realization of AfCFTA.

Ethiopia is among the four countries getting support at country level. Ethiopia ratified AfCFTA in March 2019 and the country has progressed well on Trade in Goods (TiG) and Trade in Service (TiS) negotiations. However, preparation is vital for the second phase of the negotiation and implementation of commitments under AfCFTA. GIZ is collaborating with the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MoTI) to support the country’s effort to effectively participate in the AfCFTA market. In addition, GIZ partners with Ethiopian Chamber of Commerce and Sectoral Association (ECCSA) to enhance the participation of private sector and civil society in the AfCFTA negotiation.

Purpose of the study

The programme supports ECCSA to conduct a study on the export coordination challenges to the AfCFTA market, as an input for Public Private Dialogue (PPD). The Public Private Consultative Forum (PPCF) is established with the objective of creating a conducive business environment for the private sector and building trust between the private sector and the government in the process. The Forum conducts Public Private Dialogue (PPD) on pressing issues to the private sector following a rigorous analysis of the issue. Accordingly, this study will be used as an input for the Public Private Dialogue (PPD) to be conducted on export coordination challenges of the private sector in Ethiopia to the AfCFTA market.

Tasks to be performed by the contractor

The scope of the work of the expert/s to be hired include, but is not limited to:

  • Review previously conducted studies on similar topic, identify information gaps and design a study for the private sector
  • Map the organizations involved in export coordination to AfCFTA market taking into consideration the Agreement Establishing AfCFTA
  • Develop inception report on the rationale, objective and scope of the study including the methodology to be used in consultation with the ECCSA and GIZ.The inception report should also include action plan for the study.
  • Identify milestones for export coordination to the AfCFTA market covering trade facilitation, non-tariff barriers, transit, customs cooperation, Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) and Sanitary, Phytosanitary (SPS) measures and trade remedies.
  • Identify specific regulatory, institutional and other practical coordination challenges of the private sector covering all topics under investigation and specifying the potential causes thoroughly
  • Identify prominent authorities, organizations, agencies and private sector organizations influential in export coordination of AfCFTA market
  • Assess the experience of other countries relevant to Ethiopia on the areas of coordination challenges for private sector in Ethiopia and draw applicable experiences
  • Forward clear and specific recommendations for each identified regulatory, institutional and practical coordination challenges of the private sector under the AfCFTA market, with clear role identified for the government and private sector


  • Inception report
  • Draft report
  • Produce policy brief (to the maximum of 10 pages)
  • Present the study, in collaboration with ECCSA: on the validation workshop; on Public Private Dialogue (PPD) and to the Technical Committee for AfCFTA negotiation
  • Submit final report in electronic form and hard copy

Number of work days: 30

Flexible Work Days (the assignment is to be completed within 3 Months)

Period of assignment: From 15th of May 2021 until 15th August 2021.

Before submitting any bid, interested bidders should collect further bidding documents listed down by contacting the e-mail address:

• Terms of reference

• Technical evaluation criteria’s

• Bid sheet

•GIZ General terms and conditions local/international

How to apply:

The consultant will be required to submit a technical and financial offer. The financial offer should list the daily fees charged for this contract. Please note that this should not be specific to the task required, as a variety of tasks (as listed above) will have to be performed throughout the contract duration. The technical offer should include the approach taken by the consultant and showcase its previous work in the areas listed above.

All bids must be delivered/submitted via email address before 4:30pm GMT+3 on Friday, 30thof April 2021. All bids must include a full technical and financial offer. Technical and financial offers have to be submitted separately.

GIZ – program support to AfCFTA reserves the right to cancel the bid fully or partially.


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