participating SMEs Groups in the National Workshops in West Bank and the Gaza Strip for training and coaching on the Cluster Concept for the Private Sector Development Cluster Project (PSDCP).

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PSDCP


Expression of Interest


September 2 012

1

Call for Expression of Interest (“EoI”) to select potential
participating SMEs Groups in the National Workshops in
West Bank and the Gaza Strip for training and coaching
on the Cluster

Concept for the Private Sector
Development


Cluster Project (PSDCP).





Reference number: Call for EoI No. CDP
-
AwC1


1.

Definitions and Interpretation

In this Call for Expression of Interest, capitalized terms and expressions shall have the
meaning
attributed to them below, unless otherwise defined above or the context requires
otherwise:


Applicant

an SME Group applying to this Call for Expression of Interest;

Business Day

a day during which MNE and FPCCIA office is open;

Deadline

30

October

2012
;

Eligibility Criteria

the criteria with which the Expressions of Interest and the Applicants must
comply with;

Expression of
Interest

a

form

filled

by an Applicant in response to this Call for Expression of
Interest, within the Deadline, to be drafted in accordance with the
template
attached hereto
annexed
;

PSDCP

The Private Sector Development Cluster Project
;

Donor

l’Agence Française de
Développement (AFD);

AwC

Awareness Campaign implemented by the FC

MNE

Ministry of National Economy
;

FPCCIA

Federation of Palestinian Chambers of Commerce, Industry, and
Agriculture

FC

France Cluster
-

a networking association gathering 100 French
clusters

AwC Team

The team comprised by MNE, FPCCIA, and FC representatives

Assessment Criteria

A
ssessment criteria applied
by
PSDCP

to the suitability of the Applicant
and/or the proposed
SME Group

according to the
standards designed by
the project;

Small and Medium
-
sized Enterprises or
SMEs

micro, small and medium
-
sized enterprises as defined
by the PA
;





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Expression of Interest


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2.

The Private Sector Development


Cluster Project



The PSDCP’s objective is to strengthen the competitiveness of local companies, and
especially SME
s
, in order to increase their market share on local market and/or explore new
markets for export through (1) a support to the structuration of productive sectors/sub
-
sectors with high potential, by the creation of linkages between the stakeho
lders of the same
value chain on a defined territory through the cluster approach and (2) an improvement of
public
-
private dialogue.



















The PSDCP should obtain the following results:

1.

Several clusters will reach a high level of maturity and
coordination between all relevant
private and public stakeholders, allowing them to sustainably struggle for their own
competitiveness in front of external challenges.

2.

The collective projects of these clusters will be supported, financed and implemented
su
ccessfully, resulting in a significant improvement of competitiveness and employment
generation, both at firm level and at local and national business environment level.

3.

The model approach of cluster promotion will be facilitated, monitored, and capitalize
d
by the MoNE
-
PA, through capacity development of MoNE, in a way to support the
public/private dialogue, the business environment improvements and the policy making
process.


3.

Description of the activities
performed with

the selected
Groups of SMEs



The proposed cluster development approach, implemented by the PSDCP in collaboration
with the selected groups’ initiatives will consists of:



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Stimulating organization, cooperation and partnerships between all the enterprises
belonging to the same value chai
n and the same geographical area, among themselves,
and in relation with their local public environment, through a professional coordination
function



Coaching and facilitating the collective elaboration, among clusters stakeholders, of a
collective vision,

strategy and action plan, in order to face with mutual tools and
initiatives the competitiveness common challenges and threats,



Supporting the implementation of collective projects, launched by enterprises’
consortium and/or by the cluster as a whole, aim
ing at short, medium and long term
improvements of productivity and competitiveness in depth factors



Supporting the capacity building of local authorities in policy formulation to support the
adoption of cluster approach.
4.

Expression of Interest


How to participate?


A template for the Expression of Interest is
enclosed herein
and can also be found at the
following internet address:
www.pal
-
cluster.ps




Until no later than
15

October

2012
, the Applicants may
request clarifications regarding the
Call for Expression of Interest or the nature of the
expected support
. Such requests must
indicate the Call for Expression of Interest reference number and the name of the Applicant
and shall be
sub
mitted in
Arabic and/or
English via email to:


FPCCIA

Cluster Project

info@pal
-
cluster.ps



Requests for clarifications from Applicants shall not receive individual replies. Instead,
answers to all requests for clarifications received within the relevant deadline will be
published together in a clarification document to be posted on the
project
w
ebsite
.


5.

Language

The Expressions of Interest, including the submitted documents,
must

be in
English and
Arabic
.

6.

Submission of Expression of Interest

The Expression of Interest

shall be submitted
on or before the Deadline
by
hard copy or
email
.

The Expressions of Interest
delivered

shall
consist of a closed single package, and shall
contain the Expression of Interest, together with its attachments, in paper form
.


The Deadline for the submission of Expressions of Interest is
30

October
2012
.




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The

Expressions of Interest

shall indicate the reference number of the Call (
No.

CDP
-
AwC1
)
and the name of the Applicant and shall be sent to the following address:

Address:

The Federation of Palestinian Chambers of Commerce, Industry, and Agriculture

Attention:
Cluster Project


AwC Unit

Baloua’, Ramallah

Palestine

The outer envelope (package) shall indicate the following:

“Expression of Interest


Reference number of the Call (No.
CDP
-
AwC1
).


E
-
mail Address:

Attention:
Cluster Project


AwC Unit

info
@pal
-
cluster.ps


After the Deadline
,

an acknowledgement of receipt will be sent to the relevant Applicants by
FPCCIA.

The acknowledgement of receipt shall not be construed as a declaration of completeness of
the
Expression of Interest and the documents submitted therewith, nor
any kind of
assessment of the same
.


7.

Selection process


When

selecting
eligible SMEs Groups
,
AwC Team

is committed to respect fundamental
principles, such as:

i)

equal treatment,

ii)

non
-
discrimination,

iii)

confidentiality, and

iv)

transparency.


The Expressions of Interest
will be
examined by
AwC Team
, on a comparative basis, using
professional analysis and judgment, taking into account
the Selection Criteria.














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Expression of
Interest Form (Template)

A. BASIC INFORMATION

1.
Name of SME Group Representative:


2.
Contact Information:

Tel:

Mobile:

Email:

3.
Names of Participating SMEs :

Please fill the table annexed (name,
establishment name, and type of work
and/activity


indicate average production
capacity) + Contact information for each
potential actor from the SMEs.

4.
Geographical presence of participating
SMEs:

(Localities: City level, Governorate
level, Regional level)


5.
Sector

(and sub
-
sectors)

from Which
SMEs a
re part of:


6.
Number of SMEs operating in the Sector

(and sub
-
sectors)

(in the specified locality):


7. Does

the sector
(and sub
-
sectors)
have a
recognized B
usiness
S
ervice
O
rganization
(BSO)
? If Yes, Please share the Name and
Address
.

Name of BSO:


Address:






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B.
BACKGROUND
INFORMATION

8
. Have you learned about the Cluster Concept before? If yes, where?



Yes. In
_______________________________________.



No.

9
. If your answer to Q
8

is yes, what is your understanding of the Cluster Concept?




10
. Why is the Cluster Concept is relevant or applicable to your development as a Group?





C. CLUSTER PARAMETERS

Development Potential of the Economic Activity

11
. What
are

the main
competitive
advantage
s

that
your sector
/sub
-
sector

activity bring
s
?






12
.
If known to you, w
hat is
the number of
establishments or
enterprises

in
the
different
fields of the sector in which
you operate in your locality?
(Localities: City level,
Governorate level, Regional
level)









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13
. Are all firms proposed in
the SMEs Group initiated
within a geographical
proximity?

(Localities: City
level, Governorate level,
Regional level)




Yes



No, explain: __________________________________

__________________________________________________

14.
If your proposed
initiat
ive is concentrated in
one geographical locality, do
you see the need to include
other players from other
localities? If yes, why do you
see the need
?




No



Yes
, please explain:

-

-

-

15
. Are there common
threats
and/or challenges of
the SMEs Group p
r
oposed?
What are they?
(
Why are
you
coming together?
)




No



Yes, what are they?


-


-

-

16
. What are the shared
Interests and Opportunities
among the
SME Group
proposed?

-


-

-

-

The Potential for Mobilization of Private Sector

17
.
Are
there any existing groups, consortiums, and/or collective collaboration in the
economic activity in your area? If Yes, please

identify

the
coordination
dynamics
among
t
hem
?



No



Yes, please elaborate:


-

-

-

-



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1
8.
Are there already some collective actions launched by the group of SMEs, either on
mutualized

basis, or within subcontracting relationships? If yes
,

describe? What was the
impact?






Potential for Public Sector Involvement

1
9
. What role do you see for
the Public Institution
s

in
your cluster initiative?

Which ones would
participate in your cl
uster’s
coordination core group?



-

-

-

-

-

-

20
. What are the
opportunity to
expand

the
possibility

presented by your
Initiative to a national level?

-

-

-

-






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D. INITIAL/PROPOSED CLUSTER MAP:


In this section, the Group of SMEs have a chance to
specify the initial players as they see
them on the cluster map in their own locality

in a bottom up approach
:








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D
-
1. Cluster Initiative Map (from Procurement to Market):


Core

Enterprises
(from various parts of the
value chain)

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Business Services Organization(s)


-

-


Financial Institutions


-

-

-


Business Development Services



-

-

-


Support Firms



-

-


Authorities


-

-


Public Services


-

-


Education and Research Institutions


-

-


Vocational Training


-

-







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[TABLE] Names of Participating SMEs:



No.

Name of SME
Establishment

Name of
Representative

Type of
Activity

Average
Production
Capacity

Contact
Information

1





Tel:

Fax:

Mobile:

Email:

2





Tel:

Fax:

Mobile:

Email:

3





Tel:

Fax:

Mobile:

Email:

4





Tel:

Fax:

Mobile:

Email:

5





Tel:

Fax:

Mobile:

Email:

6





Tel:

Fax:

Mobile:

Email:

7





Tel:

Fax:

Mobile:

Email:

8





Tel:

Fax:

Mobile:

Email:

9





Tel:

Fax:

10Mobile:

Email:

10





Tel:

Fax:

Mobile:

Email:

11





Tel:

Fax:

Mobile:

Email:



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12





Tel:

Fax:

Mobile:

Email:

13





Tel:

Fax:

Mobile:

Email:

14





Tel:

Fax:

Mobile:

Email:

15





Tel:

Fax:

Mobile:

Email:

16





Tel:

Fax:

Mobile:

Email:

17





Tel:

Fax:

Mobile:

Email:

18





Tel:

Fax:

Mobile:

Email:

19





Tel:

Fax:

Mobile:

Email:

20





Tel:

Fax:

Mobile:

Email: