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REQUEST FOR EXPRESSION OF INTEREST

Country Pakistan
Name of the Project: Economic Revitalization of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
Consultancy Services: Hiring of firm for the engagement of V-Loggers for Tourism promotion in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. 

 

The Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has received Grant from Multi Donors Trust Fund (MDTF), World Bank towards the cost of Economic Revitalization for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (ERKF) and intends to apply part of the proceeds for consulting services for engagement of V-Loggers for Tourism promotion in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

ERKF Project aims at encouraging economic growth by supporting selected economic sectors in KP. Tourism is an important contributor to KP’s economy and job creation, and the number of domestic tourists traveling to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa keeps growing rapidly. The province can offer landscapes, mountains, historical places, diverse cultural heritage, delicious food markets and shopping opportunities to different tourists. It only requires marketing with advanced communication methods at relevant forums to develop tourism in the province. To promote tourism, it is very important to market our tourist attractions and opportunities for developing their interest. Recently it has been observed that the dynamics of marketing are changing rapidly and same is the case with tourism sector where there is a need of innovative ideas to attract tourists. Tourism sector is always dependent on quality visual content and present it to the national and international tourists. Among many innovations for promoting tourism, V-Logging (combination of video, voice-over and sometimes a blog) has emerged as an interesting and effective tool. There are many famous international and domestic V-Loggers with substantive following on different social media forums and they act as an "Agent of Change" at different levels. Services of these V-Loggers can be utilized for promoting and marketing of tourism sector.

The objective of the assignment is to promote existing and potential tourist destinations and events in KP and sensitize tourists to encourage controlled visitation to the identified destinations in KP, highlight the reforms introduced by the Department of Tourism (KP) for improving the management of these destinations and create awareness on responsible tourism, including curbing of littering, recycling of single-use plastics and discouraging damage to the cultural and heritage sites, while respective the local cultures and norms.

The project Management Unit invites eligible registered consultancy firms to indicate their interest in providing the services. Interested Consulting firm should provide information demonstrating that they have the required qualification and relevant experience to perform the services. The following shall be the evaluation criteria.

 

Selection Criteria 
At least 5 years’ experience (post registration) in the area of multimedia content, production, video documentaries, social media, marketing etc, certificate of registration from relevant Govt: entity should be provided. 
Shall have successfully completed at least 5 assignments related to video documentaries, v-logs. Details of assignment client name, worth should be provided. Pervious working experience for public sector organization will be given preference. 
Shall have in its current office all the necessary and latest version video recording equipment’s and other facility required for the assignment. List of equipment’s to be provided. 
Should be financially sound to carry out the assignment within stipulated time frame, audited financial statements for the last three years to be provided. 
Shall have competence of existing and proposed personnel-this shall require submission of comprehensive Curriculum Vitae (CV) of the personnel dully signed who will be assigned to conduct the assignment.

 

Selection Method

Consulting firm will be selected in accordance with the Selection Based on least cost Selection (LCS) method set out in the World Bank’s Guidelines: Selection and Employment of Consultants [under IBRD Loans & IDA Credits and Grants] by World Bank Borrowers (2011 Revised July 2014).

The attention of interested Consultants is drawn to paragraph 1.9 of the World Bank’s Guidelines: Selection and Employment of Consultants [under IBRD Loans and IDA Credits & Grants by World Bank Borrowers [January 2011(Revised July 2014) (“Consultant Guidelines”), setting forth the World Bank’s policy on conflict of interest.

EoIs must be delivered to the address below in a sealed envelope, clearly mentioning the title of the assignment on the envelope on or before June 10 th 2019 upto 1400 hrs. Minimum qualifying score is 75. ToRs of the assignment can be obtained from address given below during office hours.

Procurement Officer Project Management Unit (PMU)

H # 358, Khyber Colony # 2, university Road Peshawar

+92-91-9218051-2

Call for Matching Grants from the Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) of Newly Merged Districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhawa.

خیبر پختونخواہ کے نئے ضم شدہ قبائلی اضلاع (سابقہ فا ٹا) کے چھوٹے اور درمیانے درجے کے کاروبار کرنے والے خواتین و حضرات کے لئے مالی امداد کے مواقعے

Public Sector Financial Management Accreditation in Pakistan Ceremony Public Sector Financial Management Accreditation in Pakistan Ceremony

January 2017: The FATA Secretariat and the Government of Balochistan signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Auditor General of Pakistan (AGP) and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants ACCA to develop a Public Financial Management (PFM) Accreditation Program. The MOU was signed by the Secretaries of Finance and Planning from FATA and Balochistan and Additional Auditor General of Pakistan.

 

The KP government is also planning a similar initiative. 

Under the MoU, a professional PFM certification specific to the governments' needs will be developed and delivered. This will support the development of requisite PFM expertise within the public sector by improving the knowledge base of government employees through provision of a certified education program.The ACCA certification will give international recognition to the qualification. MDTF’s Governance and Policy Projects (GPPs) will support the development and delivery of the programme targeting over 500 government officials, civil society representatives, and parliamentarians in the coming years.


This ground breaking initiative builds on the support provided by MDTF’s Governance Support Project in Round 1. 

This first Accreditation Program in the public sector in Pakistan will provide a portfolio solution to monitor investments by development partners in the public sector and will further strengthen donor harmonization for aid effectiveness, and  the government's own development investments. 

 ‘We commit to sustained results’ Patchamuthu Illangovan, Country Director World Bank Pakistan

 

August 5, Swat: “The Multi Donor Trust Fund for KP, FATA and Balochistan has reached an estimated 5.7 million people by improving services, supporting livelihoods and empowering communities. This has been possible through concrete partnerships, including with the Danish government. As we witness the impact of our work in Swat, we commit to sustained results in the coming years” said Mr. Patchamuthu Illangovan, Country Director World Bank Pakistan on a joint mission with Mr. Jakob Jakobsen, Deputy Head of Mission of the Embassy of Denmark to meet the beneficiaries of the MDTF. The MDTF is being supported by Denmark.


“By supporting Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in areas which have been affected the most by the militancy crisis, we are witnessing a transformation of economy from low to middle income groups. As more jobs are being created and educational and vocational skills are being strengthened, we also see a stronger engagement and empowerment of the local communities, who are now making decisions that will promote peace, stability and economic growth in their areas. This is indeed remarkable progress”, said Mr. Jakob Jakobsen during a visit to the Islampur Handlooms Weaving Cluster in Swat district.


Islampur was one of the worst hit areas by insurgency and most of the inhabitants were forced to leave during the military operation in 2008-09. During the period, all handlooms were shut down and the stored raw material was damaged. Upon normalization of the situation, more than 400 SMEs of the Islampur cluster applied for rehabilitation grants under the Economic Revitalization of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa & FATA (ERKF) Project being implemented by MDTF. The Project has so far provided matching grants up to PKR. 9.885 million resulting in rehabilitation of around 152 handlooms leading to growth in business and jobs opportunities now and more for the future.

 
The delegation also visited the Al- Falah Public High School, which was one of the many educational institutes, which was blown up by militants and had to close down. Once it did reopen, the school was, like many other schools, fully or partially damaged and lacked basic infrastructure and facilities. With the support of the MDTF, the school is now fully operational with more than 650 students enrolled and 33 teachers.


Commenting on support to education, Mr. Jakobsen said that the damage that has been done to educational infrastructure has also led to a low level of education attainment and increasing gender disparities. He highlighted that if all children were given access to education, global poverty would drop by 12%.


In response to the 2009 militant conflict that displaced an estimated 2 million people, the Government of Denmark has since 2010 contributed a total of USD 12.1 million to MDTF to support the rehabilitation efforts in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and Balochistan. Through eleven projects, the MDTF is supporting local services, growth and job creation and working on policy reform and governance including other interventions needed to build state-citizen trust and create conditions for sustainable development in the conflict affected areas.

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KP Investment Roadshow

 

The Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) organized an Investment Road Show (IRS) in Dubai on February 25, 2015, to mobilize the investment from the Pakistani and international diaspora of the UAE and Gulf countries. The initiative was supported by the KP, Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and Balochistan Multi Donor Trust Fund (MDTF) through the ‘Economic Revitalization of KP and FATA Project (ERKF). The development objective of the ERKF is to support the economic recovery and revitalization of the crisis-affected areas of KP and FATA, by creating sustainable employment opportunities through the rehabilitation of small and medium enterprises (SMEs), investment mobilization, and institutional capacity building. The Project commenced activities in October 2011, and has already provided matching grants to 1,030 SMEs operating in range of sectors including, marble, textile, furniture, education and retail across KP and FATA.

 

At the Dubai IRS, concrete sectoral proposals were presented in the sectors of energy and power, tourism, housing, agriculture and livestock and mines and minerals. Investment details including economic background, government facilitation/incentives, required net investments, returns on investments and pay-back timeframes for each. The IRS and follow-up meetings with the private investors, closed with the signing of 12 Letters of Intent worth US$1.2 billion proving to be a landmark event for KP’s efforts towards economic revival and growth.

 

Islamabad, Sunday, June 29, 2014 - MDTF condoles the death of Mr. Aslam Khan, Project Director, KP Emergency Roads Recovery Project on 29th June 2014. It was through his dedicated efforts that  the Swat Provincial Highway was constructed ahead of time and given additional resources for extension. The provincial highway provides social and economic benefits to an estimated 300,000 people.

 

Provincial highway

MDTF supported 40.9 Km of Provincial Highway extends from Chakdara to Kanju in Swat District

 

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Mr. Aslam Khan (late), Project Director KP Emergency Roads Recovery Project