Scope of Work
Taking into account the purpose of the assignment, the Consultant will undertake the following:
a) Analyze the AFcFTA legal texts and any other existing official documents relevant to the assignment to determine its implications to Uganda trade (for goods and services) with the rest of Africa.
b) Conduct an analysis of the targeted countries’ trade over the last 10 years. The trade analysis should specifically focus on and highlight the following:
o Main exports at HS six-digit level and destination markets.
o Main imports at HS six-digit level and source countries.
o Analysis of the targeted countries’ products/sectors growth trends and prospects.
o Uganda’s main exports at HS six-digit level to the targeted countries
c) Determine, from data, products with export potential for Uganda at HS six-digit level.
d) Conduct an analysis of the targeted countries’ trade over the last 10 years with respect to the following 5 priority sectors: Communication, Transport, Financial Services, Tourism and Business Services. The trade analysis should specifically focus on and highlight the following:
o A regulatory review of the priority services in the target countries.
o Main exports based on the WTO/120 Services Sectoral Classification List which is incorporated by reference to the AFcFTA Services Protocol.
o Main imports based on the W/120 (see above) and source countries.
o Analysis of opportunities for commencement and growth, as appropriate – for exports in the above -mentioned services sectors which consist of the first 5 priority sectors for the AFcFTA.
o Identification of any indirectly converging services sectors of export interest in these targeted countries.
e) Undertake stakeholder consultations including exporters, Government ministries, agencies and departments, exporters or business associations that may have an interest in export opportunities.
f) Consumption and production trends by targeted countries of products of export interest to Uganda. The analysis should assess supply and market demand, required Sanitary and Phyto-sanitary Standards (SPS), identify main local and foreign suppliers (importers) and analyze distribution channels for the of export interest to Uganda.
g) The level of tariffs applied to Uganda’s exports in the targeted markets and to products that have export potential as well as the projected reductions based on AFcFTA submitted tariff offers.
h) Analyze import regulations and non-tariff measures faced by Uganda’s existing and potential exports to targeted markets. The analysis of non-tariff measures should include but not be limited to:
o All measures affecting importation of goods into the target countries.
o Rules of origin per product of existing and potential export products.
o Customs, border procedures and other trade facilitation measures.
o Import license regulations.
o Sanitary and Phytosanitary measures.
o Food and Agricultural import regulations (food standards, labelling requirements and other regulations).
o Technical Barriers to Trade
i) Recommend practical market entry and penetration strategies for identified Ugandan products and services into each of the targeted markets. The strategies should also propose diplomatic, technical and political solutions to the identified Non-Tariff Barriers.
j) Assess the feasibility of establishing Uganda Trade Hubs in the select markets as well as advise on the priority order for establishment including the main trade focus of the hub in each market.