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III
(Notices)

COMMISSION
‘Asia-Invest programme’
‘Business Priming Fund — Market Place Monitoring’
Call for proposals No IB/AP/338

(98/C 88/05)

1. Authority awarding the grant: The European of the group of European companies. In this report
Commission, Directorate General IB — External market opportunities in Asia for European
Relations: Southern Mediterranean, Middle and companies will be located and evaluated. In
Near East, Latin America, South and South-East particular, experts are to produce sector-specific
Asia and North-South Cooperation, Unit IB/E/2, studies including information on the legal
(SCØ14 — 06/59), rue de la Loi/Wetstraat 200, framework, sector-specific regulations, conditions on
B-1049 Brussels, Fax: (32-2) 296Ø11Ø01. doing business, investment opportunities, partnership
opportunities etc. The report will also include items
such as the state of the market, commercial
2. Description of the operation: openings, regulations relating to the market,
competitor analysis, other market trends in Asian
countries, business planning research, identification
The Asia-Invest programme has been developed by of business opportunities, technology used, etc.
the European Commission as part of its range of
initiatives to promote EU-Asia economic coop-
eration. Asia-Invest, supported by the European
Community over a five-year period with a budget of The aim of the activity must be to carry out market
ECU 45 million is intended to facilitate investments research and monitoring activities and to make the
and to help small and medium-sized enterprises results available to groups of European small and
(SMEs) from the European Union and Asia to inter- medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to facilitate their
nationalise their business strategies and to do decision-making and strategy planning for new
business with each other for the first time. It is Asian markets and for the establishment of part-
designed to help SMEs to identify cooperation nerships with Asian SMEs. A group of companies is
partners and provides them with the information defined as a minimum of 12 companies.
necessary to make decisions on partnerships, markets
and investments. The Asia-Invest participating
countries are: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan,
Brunei, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Laos,
Malaysia, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Proposals need the support from European
Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam and the companies and organisations from at least two EU
EU Member States. Member States. Furthermore, a broad geographic
coverage of monitoring should be achieved (actions
should cover more than one Asian country and
One of the instruments offered by the Asia-Invest emanate from the highest possible number of EU
programme is the Business Priming Fund. Its primary Member States).
purpose is to provide support to groups of European
and/or Asian companies in order to prepare them
for business cooperation. One of the sub-instruments
of the Business Priming Fund is ‘Market Place The proposals have to be in accordance with the
Monitoring’ which covers research and monitoring following priority industry sectors for 1998: auto-
activities of Asian markets for groups of European motive industry, building materials, industrial
companies. chemicals, information technology, telecommuni-
cations, manufacturing machinery, medical
equipment, processed foods, transport, environment,
The outcome of a Market Place Monitoring activity energy, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, service
will be a sector-specific report tailored to the needs industry.
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The proposals have to be in accordance with the —Ùclear terms of reference (TOR) including a well-
priority geographical areas for 1998: Brunei, China, defined working programme of research or
India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, monitoring, with expected outputs or indicators
Thailand and Vietnam. of business activity to inform applicants of
business opportunities in Asia,
Particularly good-quality projects in other sectors
and countries may also be considered. —Ùlist of participating companies with a description
of their objectives in Asia,
The proposal must be prepared and submitted in
strict adherence to the guidance provided in the — curricula vitae of proposed expert(s) to carry out
business priming fund application guidelines, which the activities,
can be obtained from the Asia-Invest Secretariat
service as mentioned in points 5 and 6. —Ùa schedule of research or monitoring tasks,

—Ùdetailed budget.
3. Place of execution: Brunei, China, India, Indonesia,
Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and
Vietnam and the European Union. 9. Criteria for the award of the grant:

4. Duration of the operation: up to 24 months The following criteria will be taken into
consideration when selecting proposals to receive
support:
5.ÙThe documents with the objectives of the operation
and instructions to candidates will be sent free of —Ùproposal in line with business priming fund
charge, subject to requests made exclusively in methodology and technical requirements as
writing or by facsimile, stating the name and address described in the business priming fund
or E-Mail of the sender and marked ‘Call for application guidelines,
proposals No IB/AP/338’ to the address: Asia-Invest
Secretariat, rue Archimde/Archimedesstraat 17, —Ùobjectives of the proposed activity/breadth of
B-1000 Brussels, Belgium, Fax (32-2) 282Ø17Ø60; coverage of the chosen sector,

6.Ù(a) Final date for receipt of proposals: 29 May 1998; —Ùlikely impact of activity for future Asia-EU
business co-operation,
(b) Address to which they must be sent:
—Ùnumber of companies targeted in comparison
with cost,
Proposals under business priming fund should be
sent by registered post in four copies to
the following address: Asia-Invest Secretariat, —Ùobjectives of the action/justification of the
rue Archimde/Archimedesstraat 17, B-1000 chosen sector,
Brussels, Belgium.
—Ùquality of proposals for dissemination of the
findings to companies and other potential bene-
7. Legal form of the candidates: ficiary audiences.

The proposal must be submitted by a non-profit (a) exclusion criteria


making organisation or body (or organisations or
bodies) representing businesses. Information on legal
status of the applicants is required. Each recipient The organisation putting forward a project
organisation and/or group of companies must make proposal under the Business Priming Fund —
a financial contribution to the project either directly, Market Place Monitoring must provide proof
by providing funds, or indirectly, by providing staff. that:
In a letter of intent each body must state its intention
of taking part in the operation and of making a —Ùit is not bankrupt or in receivership, has not
financial commitment. ceased or suspended trading, is not subject to
a court settlement or other arrangement with
creditors and is not involved in any similar
8. Information to be supplied by candidates: proceedings,

—Ùa detailed description of the lead applicant —Ùit has not received a sentence against which
organisation and its European and/or Asian there is no appeal for an offence involving its
partner organisations, professional integrity,
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—Ùit has duly paid all social contributions and A detailed research/monitoring methodology has
taxes, to furnished;

—Ùit is not-profit making; (d) professional competence

(b) financial and economic standing Proof of this can take the form of proof of
inscription in a professional or trade register, a
Proof of this may take the form of one of the sworn declaration or an equivalent certificate.
following:
10.ÙGrant covered by Council Regulation (EEC) No
—Ùa statement by a bank, 443/92 (Asia and Latin America).

—Ùbalance-sheet or balance-sheet extracts, Proposals will consider financing requests for up to


50Ø% of the cost of short or longer term expert
—Ùa statement of total turnover and turnover services, up to ECU 160Ø000. A maximum term of
relating to the services concerned, covering two years’ monitoring services of one full time
the last three financial years; expatriate will be financed, under the condition that
the recipient organisation finance the cost of a
second person. In addition, short-term studies may
(c) technical competence
be supported to be carried out by one or more indi-
viduals. An operation of this kind may under no
The organisation submitting a proposal must circumstances result in a profit.
demonstrate the capacity to carry out the actions
involved in the proposed project effectively.
11. Date of dispatch of this notice: 18 March 1998.
A Øcurriculum vitae of proposed expert(s) to carry
out the activities, noting their prior experience in 12. Date of receipt by the Office for Official Publi-
conducting research or monitoring activities, cations of the European Communities: 18 March
must be furnished. 1998.