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"Morocco: Selected Airports Privatization Technical Assistance -- Solicitation"

Tuesday, July 3, 2001


NOTICE TYPE: Solicitation
OFFICE ADDRESS: USTDA, 1621 N. Kent Street, Suite 200, Arlington, VA
ZIP CODE: 22209-2131
CONTACT: POC POC -  Evangela Kunene, USTDA, 1621 N. Kent Street, Suite 200,
Arlington, VA 22209-2131, Tel: (703) 875-4357, Fax: (703) 875-4009.

NOTICE TEXT: Morocco: Selected Airports Privatization Technical Assistance.
The Grantee invites submission of qualifications and proposal data
(collectively referred to as the "Proposal") from interested U.S. firms
which are qualified on the basis of experience and capability to provide
technical assistance for the privatization of selected airports in Morocco.
In 1989, the Government of Morocco (GOM) passed a privatization law. The
Ministry of Economy, Finance, Privatization, and Tourism, acting through the
Department of Privatization, is the lead agency within the GOM for
implementing the Government's privatization program. The Ministry has
identified a total 114 state enterprises slated for privatization over the
next several years. At the end of February 2001, the Government sold 60
enterprises and hotels to the private sector. The 2001 privatization program
includes large companies and hotels. It is anticipated that the
privatization program will be extended to cover other companies that are not
on the official Government privatization list. Although not the most
pressing priority in the current scheme of the Government's privatization
plan, the Ministry has decided to begin the process of exploring the
potential for the privatization of airports and airport services in the
country and analysis of the various options for doing so. The passenger
demand in the aviation sector in Morocco is anticipated to grow at an annual
rate exceeding 11% over the next five years. In order to meet this demand,
and continue improving Morocco's aviation sector, the Director General of
Air Administration and the Office National des Airports will continue to
make sizable investments in expanding the current airports in the country.
Also, in order to maintain Morocco's competitiveness, the quality of air
services will need to be significantly improved. Accordingly, the Government
feels that it will need to offer concessions for the operations of various
airports in the near future. The objective of the technical assistance is to
conduct a preliminary assessment of the prospects for the privatization of
selected airports in Morocco. For purposes of the proposed study, the
selected consultant will focus on three airports - one large airport
(Casablanca) and two other airports (Agadir and Marrakech). The tasks for
the technical assistance are summarized as follows: 1) review of current
traffic forecasts and sector investment plans; 2) site visits to at least
six (6) airports selected jointly by the contractor, 3) develop summary
report and make recommendations for three airports to be assessed further;
4) conduct detailed assessment of for the three selected airports; 5)
prepare model tender document for BOT concessions and other concession
alternatives; 6) develop detailed report containing strategic
recommendations to the Ministry; 7) develop complete tender document for one
of the smaller airports that could be used as a test case; and 8) submit
final report documenting all activities. The U.S. firm selected will be paid
in U.S. dollars from a $200,000 grant to the Grantee from the U.S. Trade and
Development Agency (TDA). A detailed Request for Proposals (RFP), which
includes requirements for the Proposal, the Terms of Reference, and a
background definitional mission report are available from TDA, at 1621 N.
Kent Street, Suite 200, Arlington, VA 22209-2131. Requests for the RFP
should be faxed to the IRC, TDA at 703-875-4009. In the fax, please include
your firm's name, contact person, address, and telephone number. Some firms
have found that RFP materials sent by U.S. mail do not reach them in time
for preparation of an adequate response. Firms that want TDA to use an
overnight delivery service should include the name of the delivery service
and your firm's account number in the request for the RFP. Firms that want
to send a courier to TDA to retrieve the RFP should allow one hour after
faxing the request to TDA before scheduling a pick-up. Please note that no
telephone requests for the RFP will be honored. Please check your internal
fax verification receipt. Because of the large number of RFP requests, TDA
cannot respond to requests for fax verification. Requests for RFPs received
before 4:00 PM will be mailed the same day. Requests received after 4:00 PM
will be mailed the following day. Please check with your courier and/or
mailroom before calling TDA. Only U.S. firms and individuals may bid on this
TDA financed activity. Interested firms, their subcontractors and employees
of all participants must qualify under TDA's nationality requirements as of
the due date for submission of qualifications and proposals and, if selected
to carry out the TDA-financed activity, must continue to meet such
requirements throughout the duration of the TDA-financed activity. All goods
and services to be provided by the selected firm shall have their
nationality, source and origin in the U.S. or host country. The U.S. firm
may use subcontractors from the host country for up to 20 percent of the TDA
grant amount. Details of TDA's nationality requirements and mandatory
contract clauses are also included in the RFP. Interested U.S. firms should
submit their Proposal in English and French directly to the Grantee by 11:00
A.M., Monday, August 20, 2001 at the above address. Evaluation criteria for
the Proposal are included in the RFP. Price will not be a factor in
contractor selection, and therefore, cost proposals should NOT be submitted.
The Grantee reserves the right to reject any and/or all Proposals. The
Grantee also reserves the right to contract with the selected firm for
subsequent work related to the project. The Grantee is not bound to pay for
any costs associated with the preparation and submission of Proposals.

RECEIVED: (W-183 SN50Q610) Issue No. PSA-2883


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