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Name of legal entity Country Overall project value (EUR) No of staff provided Name of client Origin of funding Dates (start/end) Name of partners
GPM Consulting Lesotho 60.000 A: NA, B: 2 Public Revenue Authority of Lesotho Lesotho Ministry of Trade and Industry 01.11.2018 - 28.06.2019 None


Overall Objective

The overall objective of this assignment is to develop interventions to improve the administration of Rules of Origin in order to promote compliance with obligations of the trade regimes at the same time ensuring that Lesotho’s exporters benefits optimally from these trade regimes.


The purpose of this contract is to recruit a consultant to develop a comprehensive mechanism for managing rules of origin focusing on the SADC FTA, the SADC-EU EPA and AGOA. The consultant is also to build the necessary capacity and create awareness for all relevant stakeholders. This will enable efficient and effective administration of these trade regimes to ensure optimal benefits for Lesotho

Type of services provided

Taking into consideration all origin related obligations provided for in the trade regimes as well as international standards, particularly WCO guidelines, a Contractor is expected to achieve the following results:

• Streamlined, simplified and documented processes which provide for among other things, effective:
o Issuance of appropriate proofs of origin
o Registration and profiling of exporters
o Origin risk management
o Origin verifications
o Post clearance audit
o Advance origin rulings
o Import and export origin clearance

• Improved infrastructure in place for the administration of rules of origin to operationalize the processes above. The infrastructure should cater for among other things;
o Capacity building
o Stakeholder education and publicity

• Re-usable trade regimes outreach programme developed for all stakeholder groups
• Re-usable origin training programme developed for customs officials
• Trained customs officials on the Rules of Origin
• Stakeholder groups educated on Rules of Origin
• Analysis document on the positive and negative trade effects for Lesotho of rules of origin as they are applied to the SADC FTA, AGOA and SADC EU EPA.
• Recommendations document on more appropriate Rules of Origin which could be applied to the SADC FTA, AGOA and SADC EU EPA and possible effects of this rules of origin on Lesotho’s exports