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Programme Fund: call for bids

The British Embassy Tokyo is inviting interested parties to submit bids for Programme Fund project on the Japanese energy market.

Programme Fund: call for bids

Japan is undergoing a major transformation of its energy market, moving away from regulated to a full market liberalisation in both electricity and gas sectors. The nature of the Japanese energy market is expected to change with new businesses and innovative technologies entering the market. We would like to commission two separate studies that will help UK companies do business in the Japanese energy market:

Part1: Identifying specific UK strengths:

  1. The implementer will produce a report on UK’s niche technologies and a list of UK companies. This will be used to promote UK expertises and help UK companies enter into the Japanese energy business. The report should include the following:
    • An overview of Japanese energy market reform (both electricity and gas);
    • Assessment of potential opportunities for the UK, including UK’s niche technologies and subsectors within the energy market where UK companies may have potentials; and
    • A list of UK companies with niche technologies with contact details
  2. Recruiting trade mission participants: the implementer will identify at least 5 UK companies who would like to participate in an energy trade mission to Japan to be scheduled in mid-February 2018.
  3. Conditions:
    • The report should be complete by end-September; the implementer will be expected to present findings at the British Embassy Tokyo in October or earlier.
    • The research should be underpinned by sound research as well as by conducting interviews to Japanese and UK players.
    • The implementer could co-brand the report but the British Embassy Tokyo will have the ownership of the final product. The report will be read by British Embassy Tokyo and relevant UK departments with some possibility of sharing with external stakeholders, such as UK and Japanese companies , at our own discretion.

Part 2: Identifying key challenges and recommendations in doing business in the Japanese energy market

  1. The implementer will produce a report on challenges, including risks and market barriers, as well as recommendations on doing business in Japan. The report should include the following:
    • A list of potential challenges, including risks, regulation and other barriers, in entering the Japanese market
    • Recommendations on general routes to market for UK companies, including required documentation for procurement, identifying possible partners/forming consortium and engagement strategy with new and existing players already in the market.
  2. Conditions
    • The report should be complete by end-September; the implementer will be expected to present findings at the British Embassy Tokyo in October or earlier.
    • The research should be underpinned by sound research as well as by conducting interviews to Japanese and UK players.
    • The implementer could co-brand the report but the British Embassy Tokyo will have the ownership of the final product. The report will be read by British Embassy Tokyo and relevant UK departments with some potential in sharing with external stakeholders such as UK and Japanese companies at our own discretion.

Guidance on bidding:

Please be informed that Part1 and Part2 are two separate bids. Please send your technical proposal including explanation of how you would undertake the task, CV and estimate of costs to: TokyoEGC.Events@fco.gov.uk

Note:

Technical proposal should include: Outline of the Study, Methodology, Timeline & Expected outputs. Cost estimates should include unit cost (e.g. budget/day x working days x author(s)). The deadline for submitting full bids is 1700(Japan time) on Friday, 23 June.

Contacts:

Yuko Fukuda
Phone: +81 (0)3 5211 1246
E-mail: yuko.fukuda@fco.gov.uk

Miyo Yamada
Phone: +81 (0)3 5211 1159
E-mail: miyo.yamada@fco.gov.uk

Published 29 May 2017