Terms of Reference for the BizClim workshop held in Kenya

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Publication Date: 
24 July 2014

BizClim is an ACP-EU joint initiative financed under the 10th European Development Fund (EDF). BizClim aims at fostering a business-enabling environment in ACP countries and regions by improving legislation, institutional frameworks and financial measures relating to the enabling environment of the private sector.

The Cotonou Agreement, signed on 23rd of June 2000 in Cotonou, Benin, provides support to 79 countries in the three ACP zones for a twenty-year period. Its main purpose is to eradicate poverty and integrate the ACP Group into the multilateral trading system. The Cotonou Agreement also provides an important role for non-state actors, including the private sector. Economic and trade partnerships are one of the pillars to the Cotonou Agreement. Recognizing the private sector as an integral partner in development, the Agreement complements the integrated EC strategy for private sector development (PSD), offering a unified approach to delivering policies and programmes to support the private sector.

The ACP Business Climate Facility takes a further step forward in PSD strategy and policy development in the ACP countries. Its emphasis is on promoting environments within which the private sector can grow. Within this context, the Facility focuses on fostering an enabling environment in which it can play a major role.

The first phase of BizClim was launched in April 2006 with a total budget of 20 million Euros for a period of 4 years. The second phase started in August 2010 for 2 ½ years and a total budget of 10 million Euros. A further extension of the programme was then granted in February 2013 for an additional period of 2 ½ years and a total budget of 10 million Euros.

The Facility is demand-driven. Requests for assistance are launched through tenders.

It is important to highlight that Bizclim provides technical assistance. The beneficiaries of the projects implemented through BizClim will not receive any funds for compensating the practical costs of their involvement. Hence, the beneficiaries should be consulted but in no case requested to take any concrete action unless specifically authorized and agreed. It is for the Contractor to consider recruiting all necessary personnel in the country or countries concerned by the project.