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Country: Eastern Africa

Project: Eastern Africa Regional Digital Integration Project (P176181)

Sector: ICT

Grant No. IDA-E1680

Project ID No. P176181

The East African Community (EAC) Secretariat has received a grant in the amount of US$ 15 million from the World Bank under the Eastern Africa Regional Digital Integration Project. which aims to advance digital market integration in the Eastern Africa region by increasing affordable access to regional broadband connectivity and strengthening the enabling environment for cross-border digital services. Phase I of the EA-RDIP Series of Projects covers two Regional Economic Communities: EAC and IGAD, and also includes country projects in Somalia and South Sudan. The EAC Secretariat intends to apply part of the proceeds to payments for goods, works, non-consulting services and consulting services to be procured under this project.

The project is designed around four components, which reflect the distinct but interconnected layers of an integrated regional digital market. Components 1, 2 and 3 will support Connectivity Market Development and Integration; Data Market Development and Integration; and Online Market Development and Integration, respectively, whereas component 4 will support Project Management and Implementation Support.

Component 1. Connectivity Market Development and Integration will provide support to the harmonization of broadband connectivity market, including support aimed at removing barriers to regional telecoms infrastructure and services to encourage investment, improve performance, eliminate pricing and quality differentials, as well as expand access to connectivity.

Component 2. Data Market Development and Integration will provide support towards harmonization of cybersecurity frameworks across the EAC Partner States to enhance the security of the cross-border data flows to safeguarding personal data, promoting trust in cross-border data transactions.

Component 3. Online Market Development and Integration will provide support to the establishment of regionwide rules on online markets by promoting the harmonization of laws and regulations in a series of policy areas that are essential for the integration of digital markets. Policy areas covered under this component will focus on enabling remote transactions, including-signature, and cross-border payments, and set out rules for the functioning of online markets and services, including the responsibility of online intermediaries.

Component 4. Project Management and Implementation Support will provide technical assistance and capacity support for project implementation, including financing for the setup of a project implementation unit (PIU).

The technical assistance from the EAC will focus on advancing harmonization by providing regional training to NSO experts, followed by country level training and technical missions to support implementation of the guidelines.

Procurement of contracts financed by the World Bank will be conducted through World Bank’s Procurement Regulations for IPF Borrowers: Procurement in Investment Financing - Goods, Works, Non-Consulting and Consulting Services dated November 2020, Four Edition (“Procurement Regulations”) and is open to all eligible firms and individuals as defined in the Procurement Regulations.

Specific procurement notices for contracts subject to open international competitive procurement will be announced, as they become available, in UN Development Business, on the World Bank’s external website, EAC website, Regional News Papers and National Newspapers in East African Countries.

Prequalification/Initial Selection of suppliers and contractors will not be required for the contracts under this project.

Interested eligible firms and individuals who would wish to be considered for the provision of goods, non-consulting services and consulting services for the above-mentioned project, or those requiring additional information, should contact the Receipt at the address below:

Secretary General, EAC.
Principal Information Technology Officer / Program Coordinator.
Eastern Africa Regional
Digital Integration Project (EA-RDIP),
East African Community (EAC) Headquarters,
P.O Box 1096 Arusha, Tanzania.
Mobile: +255-7
55250559/ +254 711859570
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