Egypt: Cairo Metro - Financial and Operational Performance Improvement and Corporate Development Programme (FOPIP)

Country: Egypt
Language: EN
Number: 153612
Publication date: 16-02-2017
Source: The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)
Tags: Security Transport Urban planning Accounting services


Procurement ref:

TCS ID 49599



Business sector:


Project number:


Funding source:

EBRD Shareholder Special Fund

Contract type:

Consultancy Services

Notice type:

Invitation for expressions of interest (CSU)

Issue date:

16 Feb 2017

Closing date:

16 Mar 2017 at 15:00 Cairo

Executing Agency (Client):
Egyptian Company for Metro Management and Operations (“ECM”), Cairo.

Client Contact Person:
Khalid Mohammed Sabra
Managing Director for Maintenance & Operation
Egyptian Company for Metro Management and Operations (ECM)
Ramsis Complex Ramsis Square
Cairo 11522, Egypt
Tel: +201200009870

EBRD Contact Person:
Larissa Gosling
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
One Exchange Square
London EC2A 2JN
Tel: + 44 20 7338 6338

Project Description: The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (the “EBRD” or the “Bank”) has provided a loan to the National Authority for Tunnels (“NAT” or the “Client”) to assist with the financing of the acquisition of 13 trainsets (the “Project”).

The Project will allow NAT to secure financing required to address Cairo’s urgent infrastructure needs, improve the metro’s level of services and contribute to decreasing the carbon emission profile of the sector. Designed to include gender and inclusion elements, it will create a more amenable mobility environment where the accessibility of women to jobs and services can be greatly improved and on-site training opportunities for unemployed young people expanded.

The Metro network in Cairo is owned by NAT and operated by the Egyptian Company for Metro Management and Operations (“ECM”). The Greater Cairo Transport Regulatory Authority (“GCTRA”) was established in 2012 with responsibility for planning and operation of all public transport modes within the Greater Cairo region to follow demand and urban planning goals, and to determine fare policy and subsidies in line with government overall policy. The GCTRA is housed under the Ministry of Transport and guided by representatives of the three governorates of Greater Cairo, MHUUD, the Ministry of Interior and the Ministry of Local development. Its staffing is currently being expanded.

The ECM is a joint stock company established in 1997 with the purpose of management and operation, and maintenance of Metro lines including its buildings, rolling stock assets, and associated equipment and machines or related workshops, central controlling stations as well as power stations.

Previous agreements with Egyptian National Railway provided for an annual concession annual fee of LE 32 million, later amended in 2009 to 25% of metro operating annual income. However, the allocation of the concession fee was stopped since the opening of Line 3 metro due to the increased operating costs without commensurate revenue income.

Following the transfer of metro lines assets & liabilities to NAT, there is a need to define the operation arrangement with ECM in the form of a public service contract to provide for the sustainable future operation of Cairo Metro.

A diagnosis of technical, financial, management, institutional conditions of ECM has been performed in the Strategic Business Plan and Financial Modelling Study for Cairo Metro Company performed in 2014 under funding from the AfD and which inform initial diagnosis tasks under this assignment.

Assignment Description: The overall objectives of the assignment are to:

-Provide assistance to the Company in developing and implementing a comprehensive Financial and Operational Performance Improvement Programme (“FOPIP”) focusing on:

- Develop a medium to long term (5 year) Corporate Development Plan (“CDP”), including capital budgets, tariff projections and Staffing Plan,
- Review the potential for private sector participation in the Company’s non-core activities, such as cleaning and security services,
- Ensuring the required operating and accounting systems are established to allow for proper monitoring and evaluation of performance indicators under the PSC. In that respect, the Consultant will cooperate with the consultant hired under the PSC preparation technical assistance assignment in respect of all of the above.

Please check the TERMS OF REFERENCE for further details.

Status of Selection Process: Interested firms or group of firms are hereby invited to submit expressions of interest.

Assignment Start Date and Duration: The Assignment is expected to start in Q2 2017 and has an estimated overall duration of 18 months.

Cost Estimate for the Assignment: EUR 250,000 (exclusive of VAT).The Consultant must determine whether any indirect taxes/VAT are chargeable on the proposed services and state the basis for such. If any indirect taxes/VAT are payable, the Client will have to pay indirect taxes/VAT element to the services directly to the Consultant unless otherwise agreed.

Funding Source: EBRD Shareholder Special Fund.

Eligibility: There are no eligibility restrictions.

Consultant Profile: Corporate services are required. The Consultant should have extensive previous project experience in providing services for similar assignments, in particular Financial and Operational Performance Improvement and Corporate Development Programmes in the public transport sector and with relevant experience in the Southern and Eastern Mediterranean region or in similar environments. The Consultant should ensure that the appropriately qualified experts are available, as required, for each of the different tasks outlined above. It is expected that the assignment will be led by an appropriately qualified manager with experience in the urban transport sector and in implementing the key areas of this assignment, accompanied by both key and supporting experts.

The Consultant must set up clear communication lines with the beneficiaries, so that they are able to draw on the support of the Consultant as required. The Consultant is required to provide the beneficiaries with independent, impartial, technical, cost, strategic, management and financial advice, and as such will not be permitted to have a commercial interest in any other contracts or agreements for the Project.

The Consultant"s Team would likely comprise the following Key experts and some individuals may fulfil more than one role:

1. Project manager;
2. Technical experts in metros, fleet management systems and metro depot rehabilitation and related services;
3. Financial and Operational Specialist(s);
4. Environmental and Social Specialist(s);
5. Local support staff.

It is anticipated that the Consultant’s team shall include the following expertise:

a) Preferably 7 years of professional experience in similar positions as the ones nominated in the contract,
b) Chartered accountant or similar certification,
c) Good knowledge of the Egyptian accounting and finance legislation,
d) Arabic speaking support staff would be required.
e) The needed IT skills to enable them to perform the proposed role.

Submission Requirements: In order to determine the capability and experience of Consultants seeking to be selected, the information submitted should include the following:

1. Company/group of firms’ profile, organisation and staffing (max. 2-4 pages).

2. Details of previous project experience or similar assignments particularly undertaken in the previous five years, including information on contract value, contracting entity/client, project location/country, duration (mm/yy to mm/yy), expert months provided (if different from duration) , main activities, objectives.

3. CVs of key experts who could carry out the Assignment detailing qualifications, experience in similar assignments, particularly assignments undertaken in the previous five years, including information on contracting entity/client, project location/country, duration (mm/yy to mm/yy), expert months provided, assignment budget, main activities, objectives.

4. Completed Consultant Declaration Form and Contact Sheet, the template for which is available from the following web-link:

The expression of interest shall not exceed 25 pages (excluding CVs Consultant Declaration and Contact Sheet).

The complete expression of interest (including CVs, Consultant Declaration and Contact Sheet) should be submitted, in English via email (pdf) to the Client’s contact person, to reach the Client not later than the closing date. One additional copy shall reach the Bank’s contact person by the same due date. The expression of interest shall be one file (pdf). The Client reserves the right to reject applications of firms submitting more than one file. Only if any limitation on the permissible file size is exceeded, the Consultant may split the expression of interest into further files.

Important Notes:

1. The selection will normally be made from responses to this notification only. Consultants will not be asked to submit a proposal. The highest-ranked Consultant will be selected from a shortlist and be invited to negotiate the contract, subject to availability of funding.

2. The shortlist criteria are as follows:

(a) Firm’s previous project experience in delivering similar services to Financial and Operational Performance Improvement and Corporate Development Programmes in the public transport sector (40%);
(b) Firm’s relevant experience in the Southern and Eastern Mediterranean region or in similar environments (20%);
(c) CV of Project Manager (20%);
(d) CVs of the other Key Experts proposed (20%).

3. It is expected that the following procurement opportunities in relation to EBRD investment in Cairo Metro will be published:
• TCS ID 49562 Scoping Study, Sustainable Urban Transport for the Ministry of Transport of Egypt
• TCS ID 49555 Institutional Strengthening for Greater Cairo Transport Authority

Interested Consultants may apply for all assignments but can be awarded only one contract in relation to the EBRD investment in Cairo Metro.

Consultants who wubmitted proposals for the following procurement opportunity may apply but will be awarded only one Project in relation to the EBRD investment in Cairo Metro.
• TCS ID 49554 Environmental, Health & Safety and Social Capacity Building for Egyptian Company for Metro Management and Operations