Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, prepares to start user registry/mapping project

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July 3, 2002 -- The North American Development Bank (NADB) has signed an agreement with the Nuevo Laredo Municipal Commission of Water and Sewage/Comision Municipal de Agua Potable y Alcantarillado (COMAPA), to develop and update a user registry and the associated mapping of the city.

This institutional strengthening project will be financed by a grant totaling approximately US$350,000 form the NADB's Institutional Development Cooperation Program (IDP).

The City of Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas has a population estimated at 375,000 with an average household of 4.18 people. In the same year, COMAPA's registry included a total of 75,712 accounts, 72,248 of which were domestic users, 3,252 commercial, and 212 industrial.

The NADB intends to engage consultants to carry out this project.

The project consists of
(1) the update of a registry that includes all users, to include domestic, commercial, industrial, government or public, a combination of the same, and those in the process of applying for service;
(2) the update of the associated mapping on a block-by-block basis;
(3) the correlation of existing accounts to the new user registry;
(4) the evaluation of existing software;
(5) the evaluation of the existing hardware, and in both last cases, and if necessary, the recommendation of additional software and computer equipment required for the development and update of the new user registry and associated mapping.

Firms not having the necessary experience for specific tasks, may associate with other firms or subcontract experts to complement their team and to be able to provide all of the consultant services required. Interested firms are hereby invited to submit expressions of interest for this study.

No company that has ever been sanctioned by either NADB or the City of Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, will be allowed to participate. Participation in contracts to be financed by the NADB is open to firms in any country and will be conducted in accordance with the NADB Procurement Policies and Procedures.

A short-list of qualified firms will be prepared following evaluation and the firms in that list will be formally invited to submit proposals. Documentation and terms of reference will be issued in Spanish only.

Consulting firms interested in participating must have, at a minimum, five years experience in accordance with the concepts cited above, in communities of a similar size as Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas.

In order to determine the capability and experience of consulting firms seeking to be short-listed, the following information should be submitted:
-- A company profile, organization, and services.
-- Details of experience or similar assignments undertaken in the previous five years, including a full description of the projects, their location, estimated cost, and duration; as well as references (name, address, and telephone numbers) for at least three completed projects.
-- Curriculum vitae (CV) of staff who could be available to work on the assignment and have experience in the above-mentioned areas.

Please use the CV format from the following internet address: http://www.nadb.org/spanish/Procurement/bios/form.htm

-- Ability to work in Spanish, given that all documentation and terms of reference will be issued only in Spanish.

The study is expected to begin in August 2002 and take approximately nine months to complete. Firms currently providing consulting services to the NADB, or currently competing for similar NADB contracts, shall demonstrate the capacity to undertake this effort successfully without affecting the quality of the consulting services already in progress.

Four copies of the above information should be submitted to the address below in an envelope marked "Expression of Interest for IDP 95-12/00 Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas -Update of User Registry and Associated Mapping," and received by NADB no later than 5:00 PM, on July 23, 2002.

Information received after that time and date will not be considered. Further information may be obtained from the address below. Erick Schleback Senior Procurement Officer, North American Development Bank 203 South. St. Mary's, Suite 300, San Antonio, Texas, 78205. Tel. (210) 231-8000 and Fax. (210) 231-6232.

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