ABUJA, Nigeria, July 14, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The Nigerian Export-Import Bank [NEXIM] (http://neximbank.com.ng) has executed a Master Line of Credit [LOC] Agreement with the African Development Bank [AfDB] for the benefit of the Nigerian Real Sector, especially the SMEs. A Technical Assistance [TA] Program is an integral part of the LOC with the aim to strengthen risk management in SME financing and to promote product innovation by SME financial services providers and capacity building of SMEs. NEXIM is hereby extending invitation to reputable international consulting firm(s) whose qualifications and experience are acceptable to the Bank, to indicate interest for the design and implementation of the Technical Assistance Program.
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The Technical Assistance [TA] will be articulated in two main components:
1 Institutional Capacity Building at NEXIM
• The TA will provide expertise to NEXIM managers and staff in support of building efficient, profitable SME lending businesses that can achieve substantial outreach.
2 Capacity Building at SMEs
• Linked to the introduction of a non-asset-based lending methodology is the need for improving those capabilities that would turn SMEs into bankable clients.
• The TA will enhance and upgrade the capacity of SMEs through training and technical advisory services in the field on a regular basis.
The Nigerian Export-Import Bank now invites eligible consultants to indicate their interest in providing these services. Interested consultants must provide information indicating that they are qualified to perform the services (brochures, description of similar assignments, experience in similar conditions, availability of appropriate skills among staff, etc.). Consultants may constitute joint-ventures to enhance their chances of qualification.
Eligibility criteria, establishment of the short-list and the selection procedure shall be in accordance with the Public Procurement Act and international best practice. NEXIM Bank is under no obligation to shortlist any consultant who expresses interest. The assignment is expected to start in August 2014.
Interested and competent consultants wishing to carry out the above assignment may obtain further information from the Secretary, Procurement Committee (2nd floor), Nigerian Export-Import Bank, Head Office, Abuja during office hours from 9.00am to 4.00pm on payment of a non-refundable fee of N50,000.00 (Fifty Thousand Naira only) or United States Dollar equivalent by oversea’ s bidders. The payment should be in Bank Draft payable to Nigerian Export-Import Bank or by telegraphic transfer by overseas bidders to NEXIM Bank account which would be made available on request.
Expressions of Interest must be delivered to the address below on or before Friday, July 25, 2014 at 12.00 noon and indicate “DESIGN AND IMPLEMENTATION OF TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE [TA] PROGRAM FOR CAPACITY Building AT NEXIM AND SMES”.
Attn: The Secretary, Procurement Planning Committee
Nigerian Export-Import Bank,
2nd Floor, NEXIM House,
Plot 975, Cadastral Zone AO,
Central Business District,
Tel:+234 9 4603630
Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of the Nigerian Export-Import Bank (NEXIM).
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