Call for bids: seminar on challenges and opportunities of doing business with Cuba

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The British Embassy in Havana has been allocated £10,000 of project funds for the UK financial year 2019-20 (April 2019 to March 2020) by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in London, to develop a roundtable between representatives of British business and the Cuban government where the risks and challenges of the Cuban market could be discussed.

The event would identify potential policy changes that might minimise the risks and maximise the opportunities of doing business in the island. The Cuban government representatives would outline the changes in the newly approved Constitution which are relevant to business, and areas where new legislation and directives might make trade and investment in Cuba easier.

The event would be a one-day forum, officially hosted by a Cuban minister in a plenary session that would also include further discussions of the challenges and opportunities in specific target sectors, to be agreed. The ideal date for the forum to take place within the w/c 9 December.

Bidding process

The British Embassy is running this competitive bidding process and its Cuba Programme Board will select the proposal that is of high quality and ensures better delivering of value for money. The project idea should have concrete actions, objectives and measurable policy outcomes.

All bidders will be advised if their proposal has been accepted or not for implementation. When approved, the British Embassy in Havana will ask the successful bidder for further due diligence information, and to sign a contract or grant agreement.

The successful bidder would also work with the British Embassy in Havana to ensure the participation of a Cuban Government Minister.

Who may bid?

Eligibility criteria

In order to be eligible, your organization or agency must be a legal entity, not-for-profit or commercial company, a registered non-governmental (NGO) or governmental organization, an academic or research institution, and must demonstrate that it has:

  • previous experience in delivering and managing projects

  • preferably previous experience working with international agencies/organizations

  • proof of legal registration

  • sufficient technical, financial, human and logistical capacity to deliver the project being proposed

  • the capacity to deliver at least 85% of the proposed project activity by mid-December 2019

How to bid?

Your proposal should include the followings forms:

  1. Project Proposal Form for projects under £10,000

  2. A fully developed Activity-Based Budget (financial breakdown)

Please send all project documents to Ileana Carreño, Projects and Prosperity Officer at the British Embassy in Havana:, 72142225 / 52115374

In the subject line of the email please indicate “Business Environment Seminar proposal” and please include in the body of the message a brief reference to your organization and the capacity of delivery.

The deadline for submission of project proposals is close of business Monday 29 July, 2019. But we will appreciate if you could send your proposal earlier.

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