Economic evaluation of Medicine local production vs. importation in Afghanistan


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Islamic Republic of Afghanistan

Ministry of Public Health

Directorate of Procurement

Grants and Service Contracts Management Unit


Call for Expression of Interest (C-EOI) for

National Competitive Bidding (NCB)


Assignment Name: Economic evaluation of Medicine local production vs. importation in Afghanistan

Project ID: MOPH-GAVI-HSS3-07

Grant ID: 1619-AFG-10a-Y


The Ministry of Public Health received a grant/ fund from the GAVI in 2016 under the HSS3 grants and intends to apply part of the proceeds of this fund to implement “Economic evaluation of Medicine local production vs. importation in Afghanistan”.

  1. Background:

Afghanistan once had the capacity to produce big portion of the county’s required medicine. Avicenna Pharmaceutical Enterprise (APE) produced different types of drugs including injections, capsules, tablets, syrups, creams, alcohol, and vaccines. According to APE officials, the enterprise had the capacity to produce around 120 types of pharmaceuticals. Negatively affected by decades of war and conflict, the production capacity of APE has reduced. Currently the APE produces only 10 types of drugs. Currently, there is a growing interest in investing in pharmaceutical manufacturing industry in the country. Beside of APE there are numbers of private producers of pharmaceuticals operate in Kabul and some other big cities. The private sectors face many challenges including weak infrastructure. Most of the private producers function inside of the residential houses that are not suitable for production of pharmaceuticals.

Concerns exist over feasibility of and capacity to produce and maintain sufficient quality of locally produced medicine. Therefore, the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) has decided to explore options to ensure adequate medicine of sufficient quality is efficiently produced within the country. This study aims to conduct an economic evaluation of local production versus importation strategy.


  1. Objectives of Assignment:

This objective of this study is to conduct an economic evaluation of local production versus importation strategy. The result of the study will be used by the MoPH and private sector to support the strategy of local production of pharmaceuticals in Afghanistan and to provide evidences on the comparative advantage of pharmaceutical production by local manufacturing firms inside the country versus importation respectively.


  1. Scope of the Services

The study will include a detailed cost analysis of local production in Afghanistan and the analysis of importation of pharmaceuticals from abroad.  The study will include the costs associated with importation and the benefit acquired from importation.  For analysis of private producers, a market analysis will be carried out that include demand analysis and potential benefit of the private producers in term of their economic contribution like employment, increasing income and improving medical technology.  

The study population will be the local producers across the country and the importers of pharmaceuticals.  The study should be conducted at country level and the sample size selection must be representative of all private producers and importers of pharmaceuticals across the country.  Data should be collected from private producers, importers and other relevant stakeholders.

  1. The implementation period of this assignment is five months.


  1. Criteria for short listing: This request for expression of interest follows the Procurement Law of Afghanistan. A consultant organization will be selected in accordance with the procedures set out in the Procurement Law of Afghanistan under Quality and Cost Base Selection (QCBS). The consultants shall provide narrative descriptions on the following (not exceeding 5 pages), excluding supplementary documents such as proves of successful implementation of similar projects:


  1. General qualification of the consultant/ firms in terms of:
    1. The Consultant should be registered legal entity. The consultant should provide a copy of bidder’s license, certificate of incorporation, trading license, and other documents with its EOI.
    2. Organizational chart (Organegram)
  2. The consultant shall provide proven experiences of having executed at least [1] contract of similar nature during last [5] years.  The consultants are required to provide copy of the contract with their EOI.
    1. Similar projects are defined such as: health market assessments, feasibility studies of drugs or pharmaceutical/health medical products or feasibility study of medical products/devices using qualitative or quantitative or mixed approaches and so on.

The Consultant should explain the exact role played by the Consultant in the assignment if the assignment was carried out in association with other firms as JV or in sub-consultancy, for carrying out the assignment.

  1. Recent external audit report in one of the last three years:
  2. The consultant is not black-listed by Government of Afghanistan.


  1. Eligibility criteria:


Eligibility requirement and documents: Interested consultants must provide the following stamped and signed statements or documentary evidence to certify their eligibility: Consultants found eligible will be evaluated based on the short listing criteria (above): 


  1. Copies of the bidder’s tax registration, tax clearance certificate of recent year (1396); In case tax for the year 1396 is under process in MOF, the organizations must provide an official letter from MOF indicating the tax payment is under process.
  2. A signed statement that the consultant is able to pay the debts and is not going bankrupt or suffer from dissolution;
  3. A signed statement that the bidder does not have a conflict of interest in relation to the procurement;
  4. A signed statement that the bidder is not involved in any violation in business in the last two years prior to participation in the bid;
  5. A signed statement that the bidder, or any of its directors or officers is not subject to debarment pursuant to Article 49 of the Afghanistan procurement law.
  6. Declaration by the Consultant that the information furnished in EoI is correct and for any misrepresentation detected at any stage of selection process or during execution of the resultant contract if successful, the Consultant to be taken up under the Laws of Afghanistan.
  1. Requirements for Consultants participating as Joint Venture, Consortium or Association:
    1. Consultants may associate with other firms in the form of a joint venture or a sub-consultancy to enhance their qualifications. If consultants intend to associate with other firms, they are advised to:
      1. Clearly identify the lead partner and state the composition and nature of their association (JV/ sub-consultant) in their EOI.
      2. Not-for-profit consultants (NGOs) CANNOT form partnerships (any form) with for-profit-organizations.


RFP will be sent to the short listed consultants only.

Interested consultants may obtain further information at the address below from 09:00 to 14:00 hours Kabul time during working days through:

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Deadline for submitting an EOI is 25 November 2018, 11:00 AM Kabul time.


Submission: Interested organizations shall submit one original and five copies of EOI in English language and one copy of the translated EOI into one of the local languages either Dari or Pashtu. Expression of interest must be with a cover sheet properly signed and stamped, placed in a sealed envelope with full name of the assignment and project ID, and submit to the bellow address:


Grants and Service Contracts Management Unit (GCMU), HSS grant section

Ministry of Public Health, Kabul, Afghanistan

Great Massoud Square

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