Procurement

Procurement for the proposed project would be carried out in accordance with the World Bank’s “Guidelines: Procurement Under IBRD Loans and IDA Credits” dated January 2011 (Procurement Guidelines); and “Guidelines: Selection and Employment of Consultants by World Bank Borrowers” dated January 2011 (Consultant Guidelines) and the provisions stipulated in the Financing Agreement.

All expected major procurement of works and consultants’ services will be announced in the General Procurement Notice (GPN), published in the Bank external website and United Nations Development Business (UNDB).

Particular Methods of Procurement of Goods and Works: Except as otherwise agreed in the procurement plan, works and goods may be procured on the basis of International Competitive Bidding. Procurement of Goods and Works having estimated value less than the ceiling stipulated in the Procurement Plan may follow National Competitive Bidding (NCB) and Shopping. Direct Contracting (Goods/Works) and Single Source Selection (Consultants) may be allowed under special circumstances with prior approval of the Bank. NCB would be carried out under Bank Procurement Guidelines following procedures for Open Tendering Method (OTM) of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh (Public Procurement Act 2006 – PPA, 1st amendment to PPA (2009) and The Public Procurement Rules 2008, as amended in August 2009) using standard bidding documents satisfactory to the Bank. The “Request for Quotation” document based on PPA is acceptable to IDA for shopping. For the purpose of NCB the following shall apply:

a. Post bidding negotiations shall not be allowed with the lowest evaluated or any other bidder;
b. Bids should be submitted and opened in public in one location immediately after the deadline for submission;
c. Rebidding shall not be carried out, except with the Association’s prior agreement;
d. Lottery in award of contracts shall not be allowed;
e. Bidders’ qualification / experience requirement shall be mandatory;
f. Bids shall not be invited on the basis of percentage above or below the estimated cost and contract award shall be based on the lowest evaluated bid price of compliant bid from eligible and qualified bidder; and
g. Single-stage two-envelope procurement system shall not be allowed.

Procurement of non-consulting services: Except as otherwise agreed in the procurement plan, non-consulting services may be procured on the basis of International Competitive Bidding. Procurement of non-consulting services having estimated value less than the ceiling stipulated in the Procurement Plan may follow National Competitive Bidding (NCB). The agencies will carry out such procurement using Bank Guidelines.
Methods of Procurement of Consultants’ Services: Selection of Consultants will follow the Bank Consultant Guidelines. The following methods will apply for selection of consultants: Quality- and Cost-Based Selection (QCBS), Quality-based selection (QBS), Fixed Budget Selection (FBS), Consultants’ Qualification (CQ), Least-Cost Selection (LCS), Individual Consultants and Single-Source Selection (SSS). Shortlist of consultants for services estimated to cost less than US$200,000 equivalent per contract may be composed entirely of national consultants. For the selection of these national consultants, the request for proposal prepared on the basis of PPA as acceptable to the Bank may be used. The Procurement Plan will specify the circumstances and threshold under which specific methods will be applicable.

Operating Costs: These costs will include incremental operating costs for office utilities, office supplies and stationeries, operation and maintenance of equipment and vehicles, hiring of vehicles, fuel, office rent, souvenirs, events, bank charges, advertising costs, and salaries and contractual allowances of contracted staff, but excluding salaries of Government officials.