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Procurement Opportunity: MCC Funding for Environmental and Social Oversight Consultant in Cote d’Ivoire

The Millennium Challenge Corporation is a small U.S. Government foreign aid agency created to combat global poverty.  MCC operates across the world to address constraints to economic growth (such as in power, clean water and transportation) as it partners with select developing countries. U.S. companies can mitigate their risk by working on these MCC-financed projects. MCC’s procurement processes establish a fair playing field and factor in “best value” (meaning that the lowest bidder does not automatically win). Importantly, successful companies will get paid for their work, in a defined time period, in U.S. dollars.  

The Millennium Challenge Account in Cote d’Ivoire is looking for a consulting firm to serve as the Environmental and Social Oversight Consultant (“ESOC”) for the Skills for Employability and Productivity Project.  This project will increase access to secondary education and teacher training, and support the construction of up to 84 new secondary schools. Through a public-private partnership, a new technical vocational education and training (TVET) model will advance the development of in-demand skills. It will also help the government mitigate gender disparities, improving outcomes for girls in the education system.

Market Spotlight: Mexico

Mexico offers extensive opportunities for U.S. environmental technology exporters across the spectrum of water, air, and waste sectors.  Two upcoming events in September 2019 – AQUATECH 2019 and THE GREEN EXPO – present ideal venues for U.S. companies to showcase their solutions and take advantage of the support provided by our environmental technologies specialists based in our Mexico City office.  Further details are included below in our list of Upcoming Trade Events.

On the water and wastewater side, though nearly 90 percent of the population has access to drinking water and 86 percent has access to sewage services, large gaps remain in rural areas where both water resources and infrastructure are scarce. The government estimates that nine million Mexicans do not have access to potable water and that eleven million do not have access to sewage lines. The overall Mexican municipal water and wastewater market was expected to grow seven percent annually between 2013 and 2018 as the government implemented its National Water Plan (PNH 2014-2018). Mexico’s new government is expected to release an updated National Development Plan by May 2019, which will serve as the strategic foundation for other planning documents, such as a National Infrastructure Plan, that should include a forward-looking water strategy.

Upcoming projects are to be financed through public-private partnerships (PPPs), a model recently adopted through the Public and Private Partnership Law. The PPP model anticipated $950 million of private investment in 2014 to match CONAGUA’s allocation of $6 billion. During the 2015 to 2018 period, CONAGUA’s budget for water infrastructure development was $4 billion, which was intended to be leveraged to develop 1,200 new potable water treatment plants, upgrades to wastewater treatment plants, and construction of new desalination plants, water pipelines and dams. U.S. companies interested in developing PPPs should work with CONAGUA, which will remain the tendering agency for these projects.

To learn more about opportunities in Mexico, please visit our Country Commercial Guide and its feature of environmental technologies as the best market prospect or reach out to your local Trade Specialist.   
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