Throughout the RfP process, Applicants may seek clarification from IAZ regarding any aspect of the RfP. Questions must be submitted in writing to IAZ at email@example.com.
Where IAZ responds to a question, it will provide its response to all Applicants via this FAQ section of the IAZ – RfP - website (unless IAZ believes the issues raised apply only to one Applicant).
Instructions to Returnable Schedules (RS)
Q: What Is RfP?
A: RfP – Request for Proposal. The RfP requires Applicants to submit a binding proposal based on the requirements set out in RfP Document. To download the documents, please follow the link https://www.iaz.ge/request-for-proposal. The RfP process seeks to engage the private sector to develop proposals that will meet the Project Objectives Accordingly competitively, IAZ intends to enter into contractual arrangements to deliver the Project with the Applicants that best meet this requirement.
Q: How to register as an Applicant?
A: To register as an Applicant, interested parties must provide the completed Returnable Schedule Registration no later than 18:00 hours Georgia time on 06/12/2021 via firstname.lastname@example.org. Eligible Applicants will be invited to the Investor Briefing and receive any further information provided to Applicants in the course of this RfP.
Q: What obligations does the respondent have in case Submitting the Request for Proposal?
A: The RfP requires Applicants to submit a binding proposal based on the requirements set out in the RfP document. It will be IAZ's preference to select only one Preferred Applicant for each opportunity offered for negotiations. Provided that doing so would not compromise value for money or probity principles and not employ a 'best and final offer' or other extended re-submission processes. Following the RfP phase, IAZ will undertake an efficient negotiation phase and work towards the timely execution of the Project Documents. IAZ does not intend to reimburse or contribute to costs incurred by Applicants in preparing. Proposals or concerning participation in the RfP process more generally.
Q: Who can participate and how to join in Imereti Agro Zone Greenhouse Cluster?
A: If you are an Agro-input supplier, Asset management company, Logistical company, Greenhouse managers, Food producers, EPC (turn-key provider of engineering, manufacturing, supplying/marketing of High/Mid and Low Tec Greenhouses), or other Greenhouses related company, you can apply for RfP process through submitting two "Returnable Schedules" (https://www.iaz.ge/request-for-proposal) to IAZ to email@example.com. After that, we will share with you all other necessary documents related to IAZ.
Q: What is Investor Briefing?
A: Investor Briefing is an informative meeting - the purpose is to provide details in respect of the Project and aﬀord an opportunity for eligible Applicants to ask questions regarding any aspect of the Request of Proposal.
The Investor Briefing was held on the 25th of November. The next investor briefing is scheduled for the 9th of December. For registration, please follow the link: https://www.iaz.ge/request-for-proposal.
Q: Where can I find the information about the Investor Briefings, in case I missed it?
A: You can find the Industry Briefings recordings and presentations (both in Eng and Geo) on our website through this link: https://www.iaz.ge/usefulinfo
Q: Should I send Returnable Schedules forms if I already submitted them during the Expression of Interest (EoI)?
Q: In case of an incorrectly filled application, is it possible to edit the application?
A: If an Applicant fills out any of the Returnable Schedules incorrectly, they can resubmit the correctly filled out Returnable Schedule before the closing deadline, at present set for 6th of December 2021 at 18:00 hours Georgia time. After this date, letters received from Respondents will be considered delayed.
Q: If I am not looking to buy the land for greenhouse production but am otherwise interested in the Project, e.g., as an Agri input supplier, how should I fill out the Returnable Schedules? Do the same employment objectives apply? How do I choose the plot number?
A: Please complete the sections of the Returnable Schedules that apply to your respective interest, mark sections not applying to you as "not applicable," and provide brief explanations. Also, you may want to provide additional information and background of your company in other documents or a cover letter.
However, please keep in mind that the evaluation criteria apply to all respondents. It is recommended that you explain how, e.g., the intended role as Agri input supplier contributes to meeting the stated policy objectives.
Regarding the plot number for ancillary business, you do not need to state a plot number, as IAZ intends to house these businesses at its services center.
Q: Is there a public list of companies involved in the construction of IAZ greenhouses?
A: All infrastructure developers and EPC contractors will be selected according to the transparent tender announcement procedure from Spring 2022.
Q: Can foreign investors acquire plots of land located in the IAZ Greenhouse Cluster Development?
A: Yes, IAZ will sell plots of the 220 ha of agricultural land vested with IAZ by the Government of Georgia (GoG) to non-Georgians.
While the Organic Law generally governs the sale of agricultural land in Georgia on the Ownership of Agricultural Land, IAZ is provided with the authority to sell plots within the Greenhouse Cluster Development (GHCD) project. Subject to case-by-case approvals to be processed by IAZ under the laws of Georgia and regulations applicable to IAZ.
Purchases should note that IAZ will stipulate special conditions requiring purchasers of the land to make binding commitments to project objectives. Also, non-Georgian investors must agree to grant IAZ a right of first refusal to re-purchase the land.
Q: If I buy the land, what will I get?
A: If you buy the land, you will be allocated the chosen area of land in private ownership under the laws of Georgia and regulations applicable to IAZ.
IAZ will develop the external infrastructure, e.g., utility service relocation works to relocate and protect services such as electricity, gas, sewer, and water mains; and the site preparation works including the removal of trees, relocation of monuments, and demolition of existing buildings.
All investors in the IAZ benefit from IAZ's centrally operated full-service facilities, including quality assurance, storage and logistics, agri-business supplies, and a horticultural training and development center.
Investors will be obliged to bear their pro-rata share of the costs of the common infrastructure. Accordingly, such pro-rata obligations will be the subject of the RfP process.
Such general maintenance obligations will be included pro-rata in your leasing rate if you choose to lease the land.
Q: Will IAZ provide general infrastructure to the land plots?
A: Yes, IAZ will complete the external infrastructure and prepare the plots oﬀered under this RfP on an ongoing basis, plot-by-plot as assigned in phases in the preliminary business plan, starting from Spring 2022 to 2024.
Q: If I have business interests in Agriculture, how can I find where to apply?
A: IAZ welcomes investors with prior experience and demonstrated ability to deliver the proposed Project, e.g., having existing business interests in Agriculture, although investors without previous experience are invited.
The place to start your application – or as it is called here "Request of Proposal" is the IAZ website; please follow the link to download the RfP Documents https://www.iaz.ge/request-for-proposal.
Q: If I am applying together with a consortium, is this the only possibility I have to apply, or can I apply within other consortia as well or even on my own?
A: Yes, you can - there is no restriction in place to limit the participation of an individual company in multiple consortia or as a stand-alone Respondent.
However, please note that if submitting as part of a consortium, Applicants must ensure each member completes the Declaration in the Returnable Schedules and agrees to be bound by the evaluation process.
Q: What will be included in the general infrastructure of IAZ?
A: IAZ will develop external infrastructure, e.g., utility service relocation works to relocate and protect services such as electricity, gas, sewer, and water mains; and the site preparation works including the removal of trees, relocation of monuments, and demolition of existing buildings.
IAZ will complete the external infrastructure and prepare the plots offered under this RfP ongoing, plot-by-plot as assigned in phases, starting from Spring 2022 to 2024.
All Applicants in the IAZ benefit from IAZ's centrally operated full-service facilities, including quality assurance, storage and logistics, agri-business supplies, and a horticultural training and development center.
Q: Can I participate in the decision-making of maintenance management?
A: IAZ will develop, operate, and maintain the GHCD for the benefit of its occupiers/applicants, including the external infrastructure and the centrally managed full-service facilities, e.g., quality assurance, storage and logistics, agri-business supplies, and a horticultural training and development center.
Service level agreements will be established between IAZ and the occupiers/applicants, defining the nature and scope of services provided and related costs.
To assure that IAZ service continuously meets the expectations of occupiers/applicants, IAZ will establish a consultative process, e.g., through the establishment of an advisory body constituted of occupiers/applicants and service providers.
Q: If I have a Greenhouse production, can I use this Project for expanding my production?
A: Yes, you can.
Q: If I participate in the Project, is it possible for me to be a beneficiary of another program of MEPA or the Rural Development Agency (RDA)?
A: Yes, it is possible – participating in the IAZ project is not mutually exclusive with any other program offered by MEPA, RDA, or other agencies/institutions providing support to the agriculture sector in Georgia.
Also, all investors in the IAZ GHCD will benefit from IAZ's close liaison with international Development Agencies, International Financial Institutions, and local banks, offering them easy access to technical assistance and financing opportunities.
Q: Carbon-dioxide production and CHP Facility?
A: Imereti Agro Zone is considering the use of CHP systems. Combined heat and power (CHP) is a highly efficient process that captures and utilizes the heat that is a by-product of the electricity generation process. Companies working in this field are welcome to participate in Imereti Agro Zone's RfP Process for Horticultural Training and Demo Center.
Q: What is the difference between land plots for high, medium, and low-technology greenhouses?
A: According to the project concept, Imereti Agro Zone's production sites are divided into different technological zones. Prices for land plots differ throughout the different technological zones, as different zones have various access to utility resources. For example, low-tech greenhouses need less energy and natural gas, and access to these utilities is also limited. On the other hand, there are no limits for middle and high-tech land plots for resources.
Q: Can investors re-sell their plots, or are there some restrictions?
A: Investors can re-sell their plots; however, IAZ will reserve a right of first refusal to re-purchase the land, including in such cases where non-Georgian investors purchase plots as offered by IAZ.
Q: How can a greenhouse producer be part of the Imereti Agro Zone GHCD project?
A: Imereti Agro Zone invites all interested parties: Greenhouse Investors, input suppliers, private and/or state universities, O&M companies, financial institutions, utility providers, EPC contractors, etc. For further cooperation between IAZ and the interested party, please submit your Request for Proposal, where you can write exactly your role on the project. Submitting a Request for Proposal allows IAZ to start negotiations with you.
Q: Is IAZ working on a specific software platform for the GHCD?
A: IAZ is considering digitalizing IAZ's platform will simplify things for farmers and other suppliers, as it will be easier for them to participate. However, at this stage, it is essential to create legal grounds for the platform and become operational.
Q: What is included in the given land price in RfP Document?
A: Prices given in the RfP Document refer only to land purchases. All Applicants should construct their greenhouses. IAZ provides all necessary utilities just on the border of your land plot.
Q: How will Collecting Logistics Center (CLC) operate?
A: IAZ considers the Collecting Logistics Centre as one of the critical aspects of the GHCD project. CLC aims to collect existing agricultural products from the greenhouse cluster member farmers and its tenants to create the basis for added value and organizing local and export markets, proper selling of their products without the involvement of intermediaries. Furthermore, by conducting constant market researches, the Collecting Logistics Center will supply its beneficiaries with the market information & support them in syndication to achieve higher volumes and better access to local & export markets.
Q: Is the RfP process only for investors?
A: No, If you are an Agro-input supplier, Asset management company, Logistical company, Greenhouse managers, Food producers, EPC (turn-key provider of engineering, manufacturing, supplying/marketing of High/Mid and Low Tec Greenhouses), or other Greenhouses related company, you can apply for RfP process through submitting two "Returnable Schedules" (https://www.iaz.ge/request-for-proposal) to IAZ to firstname.lastname@example.org. After that, we will share all other necessary documents related to IAZ.