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REGIONAL TRADE 4 DEVELOPMENT (RT4D) Facility
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Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, Brisbane, Darwin, Hobart
ASEAN requires support from its external partners to achieve its economic integration goals, which are essential for continued regional economic growth, prosperity and stability. Effective implementation of ASEAN’s trade and investment agreements – between ASEAN members and with external partners – will contribute to the realisation of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) 2025; a longstanding policy which “envisions ASEAN as a single market and production base, a highly competitive region, with equitable economic development, and fully integrated into the global economy.”
Since 2009, Australia’s regional trade-related support has been delivered through the AANZFTA Economic Cooperation Support Programme (AECSP), a $36 million technical assistance investment co-funded by Australia and New Zealand (at a ratio of 7:1). AESCP has assisted the implementation of AANZFTA by supporting high-quality economic research, policy advice and capacity building in sectors covered by the AANZFTA Agreement, such as trade-in-goods, trade-in-services, investment, intellectual property, and competition and consumer protection. The Regional Trade for Development (RT4D) Facility (this procurement) represents a new modality for providing regional trade-related support and will expand our support to cover economic cooperation under both AANZFTA and RCEP.
RT4D will deliver three end of investment outcomes:
1. Selected FTAs are effectively implemented: Parties have enhanced cross-border cooperation and increasingly consistent regulatory frameworks, in targeted sectors, that have considered the needs of SMEs, women and people with a disability.
2. Regional and national institutions, particularly least developed countries, have improved skills, networks, and policy options to implement FTAs in targeted sectors.
3. Australia is an effective FTA partner in the region: Australia has increasing networks and relationships and is able to influence and support open and transparent FTA implementation.
As per RFT
(a) Tenders are to include substantially completed Tender Response Schedules 1-3. Tenderers are requested to submit Tender Response Schedules as separate files (Word or PDF preferred), as only some Schedules will be shared with and subject to evaluation by the Evaluation Committee.
(b) Tenders must be submitted via AusTender (www.tenders.gov.au) by the closing date.
(c) Tenders must be written in English.
(d) The Tenderer must not be named as not complying with the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012 (Cth).
(e) The Tenderer complies with the Black Economy Procurement Connected Policy.
(f) The Tenderer must not be listed on the World Bank List or any similar List maintained by a development donor or be the subject of an informal investigation or temporary suspension which could lead the Tenderer becoming so listed.
(g) The Tenderer must not be subject to an adverse Court or Tribunal decision (not including decisions under appeal) for a breach of any workplace relations law, work health and safety law, or workers’ compensation law, or if the Tenderer is subject, that the Tenderer has fully complied, or is fully complying with the Court or Tribunal order.
(h) The Tenderer agrees to contract as a single legal entity.
(i) The Tenderer must be shortlisted to participate in the RFT
2022 - 2028