African agency seeks consultants for Volta Basin management

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) invites applications for pre-qualification from consultants to help develop an integrated management program for the Volta River Basin. Responses are due June 20.

ECOWAS delegated a regional water resources coordinator, Coordonnateur Regional de l’Unite de Coordination des Ressources en Eaux (UCRE) to seek technical assistance to a program of integrated management of transborder river basins in Africa.

The current solicitation is for the Volta River Basin, which affects six riparian countries, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire, Togo, Benin, and Mali. (HNN 10/27/06) The African Water Facility last year granted 165,000 euros (US$199,590) to help establish the Volta Basin Authority to manage the Volta River Basin and promote strategic water resources development, including hydropower.

With a budget of 854,000 euros (US$1.15 million) the technical assistance is to be carried out in 24 months. It involves establishment of a program management unit and coordination with institutional and technical entities in the basin countries.

A tender notice may be obtained from the European Union Internet site at http://ec.europa.eu/europeaid/tender/data/d57/AOF76557.htm.

Applications for pre-qualification, in French, must be submitted using a standard application form available from the site at http://ec.europa.eu/comm/europeaid/tender/practical_guide_2006/annexes_edf_fr.htm. The envelope must be marked with the contract title and publication reference, Programme pour la gestion integree des bassins transfrontaliers en Afrique. Cas du bassin de la Volta, EuropeAid/125371/D/SER/BF.

UCRE plans to select a short list of four to eight bidders to receive invitations to bid in July. Work is expected to begin in October.

Applications are due by mail or hand delivery to the address below by 5 p.m. June 20. For information, contact CEDEAO � UCRE, 11 BP 1437 Ouagadougou 11 Burkina Faso.

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