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III

(Notices)

COMMISSION

CALL FOR PROPOSALS FOR 2003

Asia-Invest II

issued by the European Commission

1. Publication reference

EuropeAid/115362/C/G.

2. Programme and financing source

ALA

AIDCO/2002/0535.

Asia-Invest

II,

3. Nature

of

activities,

B7-3010;

geographical

 

(2003/C 53/08)

Project

No

ASI/

area

and

project

(b)

duration

(a) The Asia-Invest programme is designed to help companies internationalise their business strategies and to facilitate business cooperation between companies in the European Union and Asia (south and south-east Asia and China).

Areas of activity comprise:

Asia-Invest alliance: capacity-building and networking for Asian intermediaries involving the transfer of know-how, business partner search, information linkages and personnel exchanges with European counterparts.

Geographical area: the European Union plus partici- pating Asian countries, which are as follows:

Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, East Timor, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam.

Organisations from Macao, Hong Kong, Singapore and Brunei are eligible to participate in Asia-Invest projects but should carry their own costs regarding the activities in which they participate under the programme.

1. matchmaking

activities

Asian companies,

between

European

and

2. development of the Asian private sector in the form of technical assistance,

3. capacity building of Asian business associations and networking with European counterparts.

(c)

Maximum project/component duration:

— Asia Venture: maximum 24 months,

— Asia Interprise: maximum 24 months,

— technical assistance: maximum 24 months,

Each

following components:

activity

should

take

place

under

one

of

the

Asia Venture: small-scale business-to-business missions between Europe and the less prosperous Asian countries (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, East Timor, Indonesia, Laos, Nepal and Pakistan);

Asia Interprise: medium-scale sector-specific and multi-sector business-to-business encounters to facilitate partnerships between European and Asian companies;

technical assistance: capacity-building to prepare Asian companies for international cooperation, involving the transfer of know-how, developing business associations and strengthening links to European companies;

— Asia-Invest alliance: maximum 24 months.

For details see the ‘Guidelines for applicants 2003’ referred

to in item

12.

4. Overall amount available for this call for proposals

EUR 6 500 000.

5. Maximum and minimum grant amounts

Maximum levels of co-financing and maximum and minimum amounts of grant for each programme component are:

Asia-Venture

maximum level of co-financing:

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— 95 % for Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, East Timor, Laos and Nepal,

— 80 % for Indonesia and Pakistan,

minimum amount of grants: EUR 40 000,

maximum amount of grants: EUR 80 000,

Asia-Interprise

maximum level of co-financing:

— 50 % for all eligible countries,

minimum amount of grants: EUR 80 000,

maximum amount of grants: EUR 300 000,

Asia-Invest technical assistance

maximum level of co-financing:

— 95 % for Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, East Timor, Laos and Nepal,

— 80 % for Indonesia and Pakistan,

— 50 % for all remaining eligible countries,

minimum amount of grants: EUR 50 000,

maximum amount of grants: EUR 150 000,

Asia-Invest alliance

Maximum level of co-financing:

— 95 % for Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, East Timor, Laos and Nepal,

— 80 % for Indonesia and Pakistan,

— 75 % for all remaining eligible countries,

minimum amount of grants: EUR 50 000,

maximum amount of grants: EUR 200 000.

6.

Maximum number of grants to be awarded

75.

7. Eligibility: Who may apply

Applicants must be non-profit organisations promoting

or facilitating the development of trade and investment

between the EU and Asia. Those could be, inter alia, chambers of commerce, sector-specific trade and industrial associations, employers' federations, and local agencies and administrations promoting or facilitating trade and investment between the EU and Asia.

Partnership between Asian and European organisations is obligatory under the Asia-Invest II programme for the Asia-Venture, Asia-Interprise and Asia-Invest alliance components, applicants must act in consortium with partner organisations from the other region.

For the technical assistance component, either an Asian or

a European organisation may propose to act alone.

However, a partnership is also recommended to enhance sustainability of the project.

8. Provisional notification date of results of the award process

It is estimated that, under normal conditions, the time

elapsing between the submission of an application and notification of the results of the award process is approximately three months.

It is envisaged that applicants submitting proposals during 2003 will be notified of the results as follows:

— for the 5 June 2003 deadline, during August 2003,

— for the 1 October 2003 deadline, during December

2003,

— for the 1 December 2003 deadline, during February

2004.

9. Award criteria

See section 2.3 of the ‘Guidelines for Applicants 2003’. Please note that applications will be judged separately on administrative compliance and eligibility, and on technical quality.

10. Application format and details to be provided

Applications must be submitted using the standard application form attached to the ‘Guidelines for Applicants 2003’ mentioned in item 12, whose format and instructions must be strictly observed. For each application the applicant must supply one signed original and two (2) diskettes/CDs of the application form, the budget, the logical framework and supporting documents (CV, summary sheet of the project, time schedule).

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11. Deadline for the receipt of applications

Applications must be received no later than:

5 June 2003, 16.00 central european time

1 October 2003, 16.00 central european time

1 December 2003, 16.00 central european time.

Any application received after the first deadline will auto- matically be included in the next batch of applications.

Any application received after 1 December 2003 will not be considered.

12. Detailed information

Detailed information on this call for proposals is contained in the Asia-Invest ‘Guidelines for Applicants 2003’, which

is published together with this notice on the EuropeAid website:

http://europa.eu.int/comm/europeaid/index_en.htm

and on:

http://europa.eu.int/comm/europeaid/projects/asia-

invest/html2002/main.htm (for information).

Any questions regarding this call for proposals should be sent by e-mail (including the publication reference of this call for proposals shown under point 1) to europeaid-asia- invest@cec.eu.int

All potential applicants are encouraged to consult the above Internet web page regularly before the deadline for applications since Asia-Invest will publish the most frequently asked questions (FAQ) and the corresponding replies.