Call for proposals - South East Asia Prosperity Fund

The South East Asia Prosperity Fund is the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office’s (FCO) technical cooperation programme that aims to create the conditions for global growth.



The South East Asia Prosperity Fund is the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office’s (FCO) technical cooperation programme that aims to create the conditions for global growth.

Call for Proposals under the Project: “Lao Service Sector Report on potential for UK/Japanese investments

The British Embassy in Vientiane, in cooperation with the Embassy of Japan in Vientiane, is seeking for a qualified consultant/consultancy company to execute a Service Sector Study on behalf of our two governments in order to identify potential service industry opportunities in Lao PDR. Furthermore, the Consultant will be tasked to assist the Lao Government in identifying the strengths and the weaknesses of this sector and suggest solutions in improving bilateral trade.

Foreseen Deliverables:

Study Delivery

Main Activities foreseen:

• Development of Methodology for Delivering the study

• Stocktaking of current state of affairs, in cooperation with local partner

• Inventory of secondary data/reports available

• Desk Review of collected data and analysis of secondary research

• Study Preparation

• Printing of the Study

Deadline: October 2015


Main Activities foreseen:

• Identification of Stakeholders (Chambers of commerce, companies, trade representatives, Lao Government etc)

• Workshop Organisation

• Summary of results

• Production of Workshop Recommendation Paper

Deadline: Early November 2015

Capacity Building of the Ministry of Industry & Commerce on Study findings

Main Activities foreseen:

• Identification of representatives to attend the Workshop

• Q&A session with the Consultant on the findings of the report and how they can be embedded in the work of the ministry

• Establishing useful links between the Ministry of Industry and Commerce and Industry and UK Trade and Investment, British Business Group in Vientiane (BBG), Japanese Export Trade Organisation (JETRO) etc.

Deadline: March 2016

Deadline for submission

The deadline for submission of the Interim Project Proposals is 1st of September 2015.

Instructions for submitting your Proposal

Qualifications and Skill Requirements:

• Minimum 3-5 years experience in Southeast Asia in business projects

• Extensive experience in Study preparation and delivery

• Sound knowledge and understanding of the business sector of Lao PDR and preferably UK and Japan.

• Extensive network of business contacts in Lao PDR.

• Understanding of ASEAN’s economic integration principles.

• Demonstrated ability to implement international projects.

• Availability of Local Partner

• Demonstrated ability for event organisation.

• English language required, Lao is a plus.


The proposal should contain brief technical part explaining the methodology to deliver this project and a financial offer. The CV’s of all involved consultants must be attached to the proposal.


Proposals should be sent to, no later than 1st of September 2015.

Assessment Criteria


We will consider how relevant the proposed intervention is to the above - requirements.


We will consider how effective the proposed outputs and activities will be in achieving the project’s stated purpose/outcomes.


We will consider how efficiently resources will be used in delivering outputs


We will look at how sustainable the benefits of the projects will be after funding. A key component we look at here is how supportive or engaged host governments are in the project.


We will consider the project’s potential for positive impact, including its potential for wider, indirect impact or potential to leverage further funding. We will also consider the risk of negative/unintended impacts here.


We will consider the ability to deliver the project within the above – mentioned deadlines.

Published 26 August 2015