Consultancy: Addressing Global Ecommerce E-Payment Challenges in the Caribbean
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Given the significant growth globally in ecommerce, the challenges to firms due to COVID-19 and the need for suppliers to bring products to the doorsteps of buyers, the Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export) has sought to prioritize ecommerce as a means of increasing exports from and within the Caribbean. However, Caribbean firms have reported that e-payments is a significant bottleneck in the process chain, compared with other elements of ecommerce such as establishing an online business and logistics. E-payments make ecommerce possible. The Caribbean faces restrictions in the supply and availability of international e-payment gateways or services, particularly those that facilitate international e-payment (which includes inter-regional e-payment). The combination of e-payments and other online tools can mean easier access to a much wider customer base across a region or the globe. In turn, this will provide customers with greater convenience and choice. Without this element being available, easily accessible and affordable in the region, ecommerce will continue to be stymied in the Caribbean.
It is against this background that Caribbean Export, under the 11th European Development Fund Regional Private Sector Development Programme, in collaboration with regional partners, is seeking to assess this challenge and provide solutions for the region in the form of a white paper.
Interested and eligible firms and consultants are invited to submit detailed Technical and Financial Proposals (in EUROS) guided by the published Terms of Reference for this assignment. In the assessment of proposals, 70 points will be allocated to the Technical proposal (please refer to section 7 in the Terms of Reference) and 30 points to the Financial proposal. All information must be submitted in English.
Further information or clarification may be obtained from Caribbean Export between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm Monday to Friday. Please submit your queries via email to: [email protected] copied to [email protected] Responses will be uploaded to the Caribbean Export website.
Submissions can be made either electronically (no more than 9MB) to: [email protected] copied to [email protected] by 5 May 2021, 4:30 pm AST. Please ensure that you are in receipt of an acknowledgment of delivery prior to the stated deadline.
The subject line of the electronic mail must read ¨ADDRESSING GLOBAL ECOMMERCE E-PAYMENT CHALLENGES IN THE CARIBBEAN.″
Caribbean Export reserves the right to accept or reject late applications or to cancel the present invitation partially or in its entirety. It will not be bound to assign any reason for not selecting any applicant for this assignment and will not defray any costs incurred by any applicant in the preparation and submission of a proposal.
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Caribbean Export is the regional export development and trade and investment promotion organisation of the Forum of the Caribbean States (CARIFORUM).