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Egypt: Cairo Metro - Financial and Operational Performance Improvement and Corporate Development Programme (FOPIP)

 | Published February 16, 2017  -  Deadline March 16, 2017
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Executing Agency (Client):
Egyptian Company for Metro Management and Operations (“ECM”), Cairo. 

Client Contact Person:
Khalid Mohammed Sabra
Managing Director for Maintenance & Operation
Egyptian Company for Metro Management and Operations (ECM)
Ramsis Complex Ramsis Square
Cairo 11522, Egypt
Tel: +201200009870
Email: khalid.sabra@cairometro.gov.eg

EBRD Contact Person:
Larissa Gosling
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
One Exchange Square
London EC2A 2JN
Tel: + 44 20 7338 6338
E-mail: GoslingL@ebrd.com

Project Description: The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (the “EBRD” or the “Bank”) has provided a loan to the National Authority for Tunnels (“NAT” or the “Client”) to assist with the financing of the acquisition of 13 trainsets (the “Project”).

The Project will allow NAT to secure financing required to address Cairo’s urgent infrastructure needs, improve the metro’s level of services and contribute to decreasing the carbon emission profile of the sector. Designed to include gender and inclusion elements, it will create a more amenable mobility environment where the accessibility of women to jobs and services can be greatly improved and on-site training opportunities for unemployed young people expanded.

The Metro network in Cairo is owned by NAT and operated by the Egyptian Company for Metro Management and Operations (“ECM”). The Greater Cairo Transport Regulatory Authority (“GCTRA”) was established in 2012 with responsibility for planning and operation of all public transport modes within the Greater Cairo region to follow demand and urban planning goals, and to determine fare policy and subsidies in line with government overall policy. The GCTRA is housed under the Ministry of Transport and guided by representatives of the three governorates of Greater Cairo, MHUUD, the Ministry of Interior and the Ministry of Local development. Its staffing is currently being expanded.

The ECM is a joint stock company established in 1997 with the purpose of management and operation, and maintenance of Metro lines including its buildings, rolling stock assets, and associated equipment and machines or related workshops, central controlling stations as well as power stations.

Previous agreements with Egyptian National Railway provided for an annual concession annual fee of LE 32 million, later amended in 2009 to 25% of metro operating annual income. However, the allocation of the concession fee was stopped since the opening of Line 3 metro due to the increased operating costs without commensurate revenue income.

Following the transfer of metro lines assets & liabilities to NAT, there is a need to define the operation arrangement with ECM in the form of a public service contract to provide for the sustainable future operation of Cairo Metro.

A diagnosis of technical, financial, management, institutional conditions of ECM has been performed in the Strategic Business Plan and Financial Modelling Study for Cairo Metro Company performed in 2014 under funding from the AfD and which inform initial diagnosis tasks under this assignment.

Assignment Description: The overall objectives of the assignment are to:

-Provide assistance to the Company in developing and implementing a comprehensive Financial and Operational Performance Improvement Programme (“FOPIP”) focusing on:

  • Providing sound and detailed diagnosis of the technical, financial, management and institutional operating conditions of the Company;
  • Developing compensation formulae and indexes, which balance the need to cover operating costs and maintain level of service whilst providing incentive for improved cost efficiency and accountability;
  • Improving the cost efficiency of the Company;
  • Ensuring suitable provision for periodic review of the contract terms and conditions, based on improved data performance and evolving operating conditions, fleet and systems characteristics and network extensions;
  • Identify staffing and associated training needs of the Company for the expected increased operations and assist them in the recruitment process,

- Develop a medium to long term (5 year) Corporate Development Plan (“CDP”), including capital budgets, tariff projections and Staffing Plan,
- Review the potential for private sector participation in the Company’s non-core activities, such as cleaning and security services,
- Ensuring the required operating and accounting systems are established to allow for proper monitoring and evaluation of performance indicators under the PSC. In that respect, the Consultant will cooperate with the consultant hired under the PSC preparation technical assistance assignment in respect of all of the above.

Please check the TERMS OF REFERENCE for further details.

Status of Selection Process: Interested firms or group of firms are hereby invited to submit expressions of interest.

Assignment Start Date and Duration: The Assignment is expected to start in Q2 2017 and has an estimated overall duration of 18 months.

Cost Estimate for the Assignment: EUR 250,000 (exclusive of VAT).The Consultant must determine whether any indirect taxes/VAT are chargeable on the proposed services and state the basis for such. If any indirect taxes/VAT are payable, the Client will have to pay indirect taxes/VAT element to the services directly to the Consultant unless otherwise agreed.

Funding Source: EBRD Shareholder Special Fund.

Eligibility: There are no eligibility restrictions.

Consultant Profile: Corporate services are required. The Consultant should have extensive previous project experience in providing services for similar assignments, in particular Financial and Operational Performance Improvement and Corporate Development Programmes in the public transport sector and with relevant experience in the Southern and Eastern Mediterranean region or in similar environments. The Consultant should ensure that the appropriately qualified experts are available, as required, for each of the different tasks outlined above. It is expected that the assignment will be led by an appropriately qualified manager with experience in the urban transport sector and in implementing the key areas of this assignment, accompanied by both key and supporting experts.

The Consultant must set up clear communication lines with the beneficiaries, so that they are able to draw on the support of the Consultant as required. The Consultant is required to provide the beneficiaries with independent, impartial, technical, cost, strategic, management and financial advice, and as such will not be permitted to have a commercial interest in any other contracts or agreements for the Project.

The Consultant's Team would likely comprise the following Key experts and some individuals may fulfil more than one role:

1. Project manager;
2. Technical experts in metros, fleet management systems and metro depot rehabilitation and related services;
3. Financial and Operational Specialist(s);
4. Environmental and Social Specialist(s);
5. Local support staff.

It is anticipated that the Consultant’s team shall include the following expertise:

a) Preferably 7 years of professional experience in similar positions as the ones nominated in the contract,
b) Chartered accountant or similar certification,
c) Good knowledge of the Egyptian accounting and finance legislation,
d) Arabic speaking support staff would be required. 
e) The needed IT skills to enable them to perform the proposed role.

Submission Requirements: In order to determine the capability and experience of Consultants seeking to be selected, the information submitted should include the following:

1. Company/group of firms’ profile, organisation and staffing (max. 2-4 pages).

2. Details of previous project experience or similar assignments particularly undertaken in the previous five years, including information on contract value, contracting entity/client, project location/country, duration (mm/yy to mm/yy), expert months provided (if different from duration) , main activities, objectives.

3. CVs of key experts who could carry out the Assignment detailing qualifications, experience in similar assignments, particularly assignments undertaken in the previous five years, including information on contracting entity/client, project location/country, duration (mm/yy to mm/yy), expert months provided, assignment budget, main activities, objectives.

4. Completed Consultant Declaration Form and Contact Sheet, the template for which is available from the following web-link:

http://www.ebrd.com/pages/workingwithus/procurement/notices/csu/contact_sheet.doc.

The expression of interest shall not exceed 25 pages (excluding CVs Consultant Declaration and Contact Sheet).

The complete expression of interest (including CVs, Consultant Declaration and Contact Sheet) should be submitted, in English via email (pdf) to the Client’s contact person, to reach the Client not later than the closing date. One additional copy shall reach the Bank’s contact person by the same due date. The expression of interest shall be one file (pdf). The Client reserves the right to reject applications of firms submitting more than one file. Only if any limitation on the permissible file size is exceeded, the Consultant may split the expression of interest into further files.

Important Notes:

1. The selection will normally be made from responses to this notification only. Consultants will not be asked to submit a proposal. The highest-ranked Consultant will be selected from a shortlist and be invited to negotiate the contract, subject to availability of funding.

2. The shortlist criteria are as follows:

(a) Firm’s previous project experience in delivering similar services to Financial and Operational Performance Improvement and Corporate Development Programmes in the public transport sector (40%);
(b) Firm’s relevant experience in the Southern and Eastern Mediterranean region or in similar environments (20%);
(c) CV of Project Manager (20%);
(d) CVs of the other Key Experts proposed (20%).

3. It is expected that the following procurement opportunities in relation to EBRD investment in Cairo Metro will be published:
• TCS ID 49562 Scoping Study, Sustainable Urban Transport for the Ministry of Transport of Egypt
• TCS ID 49555  Institutional Strengthening for Greater Cairo Transport Authority

Interested Consultants may apply for all assignments but can be awarded only one contract in relation to the EBRD investment in Cairo Metro.

Consultants who wubmitted proposals for the following procurement opportunity may apply but will be awarded only one Project in relation to the EBRD investment in Cairo Metro.
• TCS ID 49554 Environmental, Health & Safety and Social Capacity Building for Egyptian Company for Metro Management and Operations

 

CONDUCTING BIKE SHARING FEASIBILITY STUDY IN CAIRO AND REVIEW OF DESIGN FOR BIKE SHARING SCHEME FOR FAYOUM AND SHEBIN EL KOM

UNDP Country Office - EGYPT | Published February 6, 2017  -  Deadline March 1, 2017
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UNDP Sustainable Transport Project and UN HABITAT Egypt have joined forces to achieve a common goal : promoting sustainable transport tools in Egypt. UNDP’s Sustainable Transport Project for Egypt (STP) has implemented a modern infrastructure for non-motorized transport (NMT) in two middle size cities, Fayoum and Shebin El-Kom. It has also undertaken a comprehensive review of conditions in the two cities to determine the potential for a bike share program in partnership with the Fayoum and Monofeya Universities. The proposed small scale system will be operated on two campuses and link the campuses with the main entry points for the students to the two cities.“Bike Sharing: Innovative Mobility for All” is a UN Habitat project that aims to improve access to opportunities to Cairo residents by introducing a bike sharing pilot as a mobility tool to transcend some barriers often faced by youth. The project aims to pilot bike sharing program of approximately 300 bikes in downtown Cairo.Brief Description of the Required Services:This two key components a service required for this RFPUNDP/STP: Reviewing a feasibility study and design for Bike Sharing scheme in the two cities of Fayoum and Shebin El-Kom. This component aims to review the feasibility study and proposed design, identify challenges and opportunities and propose alternative solutions, as needed.UN HABITAT COMPONENT: CONDUCTING A BIKE SHARING FEASIBILITY STUDY FOR CAIRO. This component aims to assess the feasibility of a bike sharing program in Cairo and specifically lay out the road to achieving a successful pilotList and Description of Expected Outputs to be Delivered:REVIEWING FEASIBILITY STUDY AND DESIGN FOR PROPOSED BIKE SHARING SYSTEM IN SHEBIN-EL KOM AND FAYOUM CITIES: Review proposed design of a bike share scheme based on the preliminary feasibility study conducted by the local consultants and the information gathered from the community, including students input and significant data analysis. Deliverables: A Comprehensive Report evaluating the two proposed design of the pilot bike sharing scheme and covering all of the below components and outputs: Conduct one day field visits to Shebin El-Kom and Fayoum Cities, and meetings with local partners;Review the feasibility study conducted by the local consultants (proposed coverage area, station sites, demand, system, ….etc);Review the proposed design for bike sharing scheme in the two cities, and suggest the required modification concerning the following:the technicality of the proposed bike sharing System(number and type of stations, bikes per station, type of bikes , technology …etc); andthe suitability of the designed system for the local situation, and verify that the design has addressed the following issues: security, low credit card penetration, few successful experiences with automated or mechanized technologies for public use, high temperatures during summer months.Identify possible barriers to implementation and propose mitigation measures;Provide a financial feasibility analysis;Estimate operational cost based on the size of the system;Propose financing option to identify the most appropriate combination of user generated revenues and identify possible range and schemes of ticket prices;Analyze estimated costs against financing options to ensure that proposal is financially feasible;Recommend a business model that establishes an organizational structure and contracting model;Provide phased scenario for growth of bike sharing pilot;Provide five year estimate of demand, revenue and funding needs;Recommend steps required by specific company to achieve readiness to operate bike sharing system; and Recommend means of sustainability. CONDUCTING A BIKE SHARING FEASIBILITY STUDY FOR CAIRO: Deliverable: Comprehensive Report covering all of the below components and outputs 1- Rapid Survey of three key areasEstablish criteria for determining location of bike share pilot with local partnersConduct necessary field visits and meetings with local partnersConduct rapid analysis based on criteria set and recommend one key area for further studyOutput 1: Weighted criteria list for determining location and summary of analysis of 3 surveyed areas2- Demand analysis for key area identifiedDefine the proposed coverage areaDefine targets for key performance metricsCreate a demand profileCreate estimations of demand with at least two different uptake scenarios Size the system by defining station density and bikes per stationOutput 2: Demand profile for users and report on demand estimates and appropriate size of system3-DesignPropose options for station type, bicycles, and technology to create a capital cost estimatePropose and recommend station sitesIdentify and provide recommendations for creating a “localized solution” for bike sharing addressing the following issues: theft, low credit card penetration, few successful experiences with automated or mechanized technologies for public use, high temperatures during summer months and potential harassment of women on bicyclesLead several meetings with various stakeholders to introduce bike sharing concept, spread awareness, and engage relevant partiesOutput 3: GIS maps with stations types and station sites, recommendation report for the above4- High level financial feasibility analysisEstimate operational cost based on the size of the system.Propose financing option to identify the most appropriate combination of user generated revenues and identify possible range and schemes of ticket pricesAnalyze estimated costs against financing options to ensure that proposal is financially feasibleRecommend a business model that establishes an organizational structure and contracting modelProvide phased scenario for growth of bike sharing pilotProvide five year estimate of demand, revenue and funding needsEvaluate business readiness and operational capacity of potential local operators (identified by UN Habitat) Recommend local operator and/or steps required by specific companies to achieve readiness to operate bike sharing system Output 4: High level financial feasibility analysis covering all of the above5) Analysis of risk and barriersReview possible barriers to implementation and propose mitigation measures. Identify risks to project implementation, and propose mitigation measuresOutput 5: Analysis of risks and barriers6) TimelinePropose detailed timeline for getting to operations: identifying roles and responsibilities for each step, minimum to maximum time frames, etcOutput 6: Detailed Timeline7) Bicycle LanesProvide basic map of high, medium, and low priority bike lanes for identified area taking into account feasibility of lanesOutput 7: Map of bicycle lanes at different priority levels8) Economic and Job Creation BenefitsPropose strategies for how bike share program can be job creator and especially for youthEstimate possible number of jobs to be created from the system (direct and indirect) Provide recommendation on one day tourist pass, and whether system can offer this product or not
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