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Procurement Notice 

The Asian Productivity Organization (APO) invites proposals for upcoming projects. Detailed RFP documents for each project, including requirements, and submission guidelines are available below.

1. National Strategy for Advancing the Productivity of Vietnam’s Textile and Garment Industry through Technology and Innovation

2. Impact Evaluation Study

 

Request for Proposal (RFP)
Objectives National Strategy for Advancing the Productivity of Vietnam’s Textile and Garment Industry through Technology and Innovation

This project will assist the Government of Vietnam in developing a strategic framework to enhance the productivity of Vietnam’s textile and garment industry through the application of technologies and innovation as a part of the endeavor to enhance the overall productivity of the country. In addition, it aims to identify current macroeconomic trends and megatrends affecting Vietnam’s textile and garment industry, especially in relation to its productivity. The project also addresses the development of a set of scenarios for Vietnam’s textile and garment industry for the next 10 years focused on varying rates of digital transformation that would be prepared together with the Directorate for Standards, Metrology and Quality (STAMEQ) of Vietnam. A strategy for dealing with the impacts of technologies and innovation on Vietnam’s textile and garment industry is also part of the deliverables of the project.

For more details, PIP and Implementation Procedures.

Background The textile and garment industry occupies a pivotal position within Vietnam’s economic framework, serving as a crucial cornerstone in the realm of key export sectors. Vietnam has emerged as a formidable global player in this domain, and is presently the world’s third-largest exporter of textiles and garments. Nevertheless, this sector in Vietnam grapples with a myriad of challenges that significantly impede its global growth and competitiveness.

A prominent concern arises from the decline in exports, notably to pivotal markets such as the USA, Canada, and the EU, where textile exports have witnessed a substantial downturn owing to the global economic slowdown. Furthermore, stiff competition from PR China and Bangladesh compounds the difficulties faced by Vietnamese textile enterprises. The industry is also confronted with the delicate task of maintaining a skilled workforce while concurrently ensuring competitiveness against more economically favorable labor markets in neighboring countries.

Adding to the complexity is the escalating imperative for the industry to embrace sustainable production practices. While aligned with global initiatives for environmental responsibility, the adoption of such practices demands additional investments of both time and resources from Vietnamese exporters. Striking a balance between sustainability and cost-competitiveness presents a multifaceted challenge that necessitates innovative solutions and strategic planning.

To navigate these challenges, the Vietnamese textile and garment industry must pivot toward enhancing productivity through technology and innovation. This project seeks to furnish a comprehensive overview of the current macroeconomic landscape, shedding light on both challenges and opportunities. Additionally, it will delve into the role of technologies in augmenting Vietnam’s textile and garment industry productivity. Future scenarios for the industry will be crafted using data from national and international sources, substantiated by real-world case studies. Interviews and stakeholder workshops are envisioned to yield invaluable insights, shaping our comprehension of megatrends, scenario development, and case study selection.

Purpose The APO will select a team of individuals or a research institution with extensive knowledge and experience in conducting national or sectoral productivity performance diagnosis; proven know-how and contributions in developing national or sectoral productivity policy roadmaps, blueprints, and strategies; and demonstrated skills and past involvement in policy formulation/reform including strengthening institutional capacities for implementing productivity-related policies and conducting macro or firm-level productivity analyses/surveys.
Scope of Work Preparing and proposing project methodology, approach, scope, etc. through close consultation with the APO Secretariat and STAMEQ; implementing all stages of the project to achieve the intended output(s) as per the agreed arrangement; collecting data, conducting analysis/diagnosis, confirming data/information with stakeholders including conducting interviews; finalizing the report; organizing dissemination activities; attending and contributing to meetings with high-level officials, etc. as per the agreed methodology and project timeline; and submitting the report to the APO Secretariat by the deadline.
Proposals should include the following information 1. Cover letter of interest (Annex 1)

2. Basic individual or institutional resource person details (Annex 2)

3. Profile of individual or institutional resource persons (maximum 1 A4-sized page)

4. Experience in conducting similar projects (Annex 3)

5. Financial proposal to indicate the cost of services

5.1. Total costs and breakdowns for conducting the advisory project should be given only in US dollar amounts.

5.2. All national taxes and levies applicable should be stated and included in the total costs. The APO will consider the inclusive costs as the final quoted prices when evaluating proposals.

5.3. All rates and costs quoted in financial proposals should be written in both numeric and alphabetic forms, e.g., USD3,500 (three thousand five hundred US dollars).

Download: Annexes.

Submission of Proposals Proposals with all required information specified should only be sent via email in password-protected PDF file attachments signed by authorized representatives no later than 17:00 (Japan Standard Time), 4 March 2024 to abuana@apo-tokyo.org and asato@apo-tokyo.org.

The subject line of the email message should be: National Strategy for Advancing Productivity in Vietnam’s Textile and Garment Industry through Technology and Innovation by <Institution name>.

Institution Selection Criteria and Notification of Results The selected individual or institutional resource person(s) will be awarded a research contract with the APO for conducting the research, based on the following selection criteria:

1. Methodology

2. Prior experience in conducting similar projects

3. Quality of prior publications and/or output from similar projects

4. Project quotation

Only the selected individual/institution will be notified via email within 1 month of the submission deadline of the acceptance of a proposal.

Right to Accept or Reject Proposals The APO reserves the right to annul the RFP or the vendor selection process, or to accept or reject any or all proposals in whole or part at any time without stating any reason and without incurring any liability to the affected individual/institution(s).

The APO is not obligated to respond to any objections or to inform the affected individual/institution(s) of the grounds for such decisions.

The APO also reserves the right to change the scope of work in case of need or depending upon changes in requirements before or during the implementation phase. However, if changes are made during the implementation phase, the APO will negotiate the costs for the additional work separately with the selected individual/institution.

Terms and Conditions The APO will not bear any costs related to research, planning, design, or any other such activity related to the preparation of proposals in response to this RFP by individual or institutional resource persons for sending proposals to the APO.

The APO may, at its own discretion, extend the submission deadline by notifying all bidders of the extension in writing. Any proposal received after the deadline will be rejected.

Contact Information  A prospective individual/institution requiring any clarification of this document, or the process itself, shall submit queries in writing only to the following email address by the deadline of 4 March 2024:

In-country Program Division
Asian Productivity Organization (APO Secretariat)
1-24-1 Hongo, Bunkyo, Tokyo 113-0033, Japan
Email: abuana@apo-tokyo.org and asato@apo-tokyo.org

 

Request for Proposal (RFP)
Objectives

Impact Evaluation Study 

The purpose of this Request for Proposals (RFP) is to enter into a contractual agreement to conduct an impact evaluation of the APO’s programs and projects. Impact evaluation serves both learning and accountability objectives. Specifically, this impact evaluation will:

a. Provide evidence-based assessment of the impact of APO programs/projects among its stakeholders.

b. Answer the “whys” and “hows” of program/project effectiveness.

c. Examine what long-term changes have occurred and how APO programs/projects have contributed.

d. Examine whether APO programs/projects lead to other changes, including “scalable” or “replicable” results.

For more details, please read the Project Notification and Implementation Procedures.

Background

Consistent with its vision and mission, the APO implements programs/projects that address central needs, challenges, and emerging issues of productivity growth in member economies. The current APO Vision 2025 posits that if APO members are equipped with the relevant productivity data, tools, techniques, methodologies, practices, and skills and have the enabling policy environments to respond to rapid technological progress, advent of the digital economy, mounting social gaps, and threats to sustainable growth, then productivity growth in Asia-Pacific is likely to be more sustainable, innovation led, and inclusive. Following the adoption of the APO Vision 2025, multicountry programs were divided into the four focus areas of the Centrality of Productivity, Innovation for Productivity, Inclusive Productivity, and Regional Catalyst. Meanwhile, the In-country Program mainly focused on Strengthening of National Productivity Organizations (NPOs) and Policy Advisory. This impact evaluation will cover all APO programs to the extent possible.

The impact evaluation aims to assist the APO Governing Body, NPOs, and Secretariat in determining whether support for similar initiatives is warranted in the future. In evaluating APO programs/projects, the impact evaluation will review their achievements and provide findings, conclusions, and recommendations. It is also expected to generate best practices and lessons learned.

Purpose The APO will select a team of individuals or an institution with extensive knowledge and experience in conducting impact evaluations. The impact evaluation will be conducted by a team of external consultants not directly involved in the management and implementation of APO programs/projects and its activities.
Scope of Work For more details of the deliverables, team composition, and qualifications, please read the Scope of Work.
Proposals Should Include the Following Information

a. Cover letter of interest (Annex 1)

b. Basic individual or institutional resource person details (Annex 2)

c. Profile of individual or institutional resource persons (maximum 1 A4-sized page)

d. Experience in conducting similar projects (Annex 3)

e. Financial proposal to indicate the cost of services:

· Total costs and breakdowns for conducting the impact evaluation should be given only in US dollar amounts.

· All national taxes and levies applicable should be stated and included in the total cost. The APO will consider the inclusive costs as the final quoted price when evaluating proposals.

· All rates and costs quoted in financial proposals should be written in both numeric and alphabetic forms, e.g., USD3,500.00 (three thousand five hundred US dollars).

Download: Annexes.

Submission of Proposals

a. Proposals with all required information specified should only be sent via email in password-protected PDF file attachments signed by authorized representatives no later than 17:00 (Japan Standard Time), 15 March 2024 to amagno@apo-tokyo.org.

b. The subject line of the email message should be: Proposal for Impact Evaluation Study by <Institution name>.

Institution Selection Criteria and Notification of Results

a. The selected individual or institutional resource person(s) will be awarded a contract with the APO for conducting the impact evaluation based on:

· Evaluation design and methodology

· Prior experience in conducting similar projects

· Quality of prior outputs from similar projects

· Project quotation

b. Only the selected individual/institution will be notified via email within 1 month of the submission deadline of the acceptance of the proposal.

Right to Accept or Reject Proposals

a. The APO reserves the right to annul the RFP or the vendor selection process, or to accept or reject any or all proposals in whole or part at any time without stating any reason and without incurring any liability to the affected individual/institution(s).

b. The APO is not obligated to respond to any objections or to inform the affected individual/institution(s) of the grounds for such decisions.

c. The APO also reserves the right to change the scope of work in case of need or depending upon changes in requirements before or during the implementation phase. However, if changes are made during the implementation phase, the APO will negotiate the costs for the additional work separately with the selected individual/institution.

Terms and Conditions

a. The APO will not bear any costs related to research, planning, design, or any other such activity related to the preparation of proposals in response to this RFP by individual or institutional resource persons for sending proposals to the APO.

b. The APO may, at its own discretion, extend the submission deadline by notifying all bidders of the extension in writing. Any proposal received after the deadline will be rejected.

Contact Information

A prospective individual/institution requiring any clarification of this document, or the process itself, should submit queries in writing only to the following email address by the deadline of 15 March 2024:

Executive Support Unit, Executive Office
Asian Productivity Organization (APO Secretariat)
1-24-1 Hongo, Bunkyo, Tokyo 113-0033, Japan
Email: amagno@apo-tokyo.org

 

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