FAQ

IAZ is entertaining written enquiries in relation to this Invitation for EOI. Respondents should note that responses to clarification questions are made available to all potential Respondents via this FAQ page of iaz.ge established for the IAZ EOI Process.

Q: If I am not looking for buying 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, and 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 additional documents or a cover letter. 

However, please keep in mind that the evaluation criteria apply to all respondents, and it is recommended that you explain how e.g. the intended role as agri input supplier contributes to meeting the stated policy objectives.   

In respect of the plot number for ancillary business, you do not need to state a plot number, as IAZ intends to house these business at its services centre. 

 

Q: How can I apply if I haven’t yet delivered the filled out and signed RS2? 

A: The given EoI deadline refers to receiving the proposals within the frame of the non-binding EoI, but also considers the flexibility and the possibility of sending out the filled out and accordingly signed all EoI Returnable Schedules (RS 1-5, along with Executive Summary) for IAZ information even after the official EoI is finalized. In case of delay, the Returnable Schedules (RS 1-5, along with Executive Summary) are to be sent to the IAZ official mail inbox: info@iaz.ge

 

Q: Is there a public list of companies involved in the construction of IAZ greenhouses? 

A: All infrastructure developers, EPC contractors will be selected according to the transparent tender announcement procedure planned to start from Spring 2022. 

 

Q: Where can I find the information about the Industry Briefings, in case I missed it? 

A: You can find the Industry Briefings recordings (in Eng and Geo)and presentations on our website, through this link: https://www.iaz.ge/eoi-industry-briefings 

Q: Can foreign investors acquire plots of land located in the IAZ Greenhouse Cluster Development?

A: Yes, IAZ will be able to sell plots of the 220 ha of agricultural land vested with IAZ by the Government of Georgia (GoG) to non-Georgians.

Whilst the sale of agricultural land in Georgia is generally governed by the Organic Law on the Ownership of Agricultural Land, IAZ is provided with the authority to sell plots within the Greenhouse Cluster Development (GHCD), subject to case-by-case approvals to be processed by IAZ in accordance with the laws of Georgia and regulations applicable to IAZ.

Purchases should take note that IAZ will stipulate special conditions that require 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 in accordance with 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 . Such pro-rata obligations will be the subject of the RFP process.

If you choose to lease the land such general maintenance obligations will be included pro-rata in your leasing rate.

Q: Will IAZ provide general infrastructure to the land plots?

A: Yes, IAZ will complete the external infrastructure and preparation of the plots offered under this EOI on ongoing basis, plot-by-plot as assigned in 2 phases in the preliminary business plan, starting from the Spring 2022, to 2024.

Q: What are Industry Briefings?

A: Industry Briefings are informative meetings - the purpose of which is to provide details in respect of the Project and afford an opportunity for eligible Respondents to ask questions in respect of any aspect of the Invitation for EOI. Please refer to page 20 of the EOI invitation for further details.

The Industry Briefings are scheduled for 7th of April (HTDC), 8th of April (Farmers and Greenhouse Investors), 12th April (Ancillary Businesses) and 14th April 2021 (IAZ O&M). Please visit https://www.iaz.ge/eoi-industry-briefings for full details. Further details will be advised in due course.

In order to be able to participate in the Industry Briefings, you are required to provide IAZ with the duly completed Returnable Schedule 2, and be approved as an Eligible Respondent by IAZ.

Q: How can I get invited to the Industry Briefings?

A: To be invited to one of the Industry Briefings, you are required to complete the Returnable Schedule No. 2 – Respondent Company Information. IAZ will review your submission, typically within 2 – 3 working days of receipt, confirm your eligibility, and provide access to the private documents, subject to the Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA).  

As an eligible Respondent, you are entitled to attend the Industry Briefings, tentatively scheduled for the week of 5th to 12th April 2021. Further details will be advised in due course.

Q: If I have business interests in Agriculture, how can I find the place where to apply?

A: IAZ welcomes investors with prior experience and demonstrated ability to deliver the proposed project, e.g. by having existing business interests in Agriculture, although also investors without such prior experience are invited.

The place to start your application – or as it is called here “express an interest” is the IAZ EOI website – visit https://www.iaz.ge/invitation-for-expression-of-intere and follow the process described there.

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 making a submission as part of a consortium, Respondents must ensure each member of the consortium completes the Declaration in the Returnable Schedules, and in doing so 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 preparation of the plots offered under this EOI on ongoing basis, plot-by-plot as assigned in 2 phases in the preliminary business plan, starting from the Spring 2022, to 2024.

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.

 

Q: Can I participate in the decision making of the maintenance management?

A: IAZ will develop, operate, and maintain the GHCD for the benefit of its occupiers / users, including the external infrastructure and the centrally operated 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 / users, defining the nature and scope of services provided, and related costs.

To assure that IAZ service continuously meet the expectations of occupiers / users, IAZ will establish a consultative process, e.g. through the establishment of an advisory body constituted of occupiers / users and service providers.

Q: How should I proceed to participate in the announced Invitation for Expression of Interest (EoI)?

A: IAZ has designed an easy and transparent process, to assure the widest possible participation in the EOI. All documentation is available in both the Georgian and English language, and IAZ will communicate in either language, according to the applicant’s preference.

In order to apply, you should first visit the IAZ EOI website at https://www.iaz.ge/invitation-for-expression-of-intere and familiarize yourself with the information displayed there.

To proceed, download the documents provided via the website https://www.iaz.ge/eoi-instruction

Review the documentation downloaded, including the General Terms and Conditions, and if you wish to obtain more information, complete Returnable Schedule 2 and send it to IAZ at the Email address eoi@iaz.ge

IAZ will review the information provided by you in Returnable Schedule 2, and generally confirm your eligibility within 2-3 days. The confirmation will provide you with a private link to further documents that will provide detailed information of The Opportunity.

As an eligible respondent, you are automatically entitled to attend the Industry Briefings, tentatively scheduled for the week of 5th to 9th April 2021.

As the last step, you have to complete and submit the other Returnable Schedules, and additional supporting documents (if any) to IAZ by the closing date, at present set for 30th April 2021 18:00 hours Georgia time.

Q: Which documents should I provide to participate in the Expression of Interest (EoI)?

A: As a first step, you are asked to complete Returnable Schedule 2 and send it to IAZ. Once you have been provided with access to the full set of IAZ EOI documentation, you should carefully review the entire documentation, and as the second step, complete all other Returnable Schedules, and submit them along with supporting documents (if any) to IAZ by the closing deadline, at present set for 30th April 2021 18:00 hours Georgia time.

Q: Can I take part in Imereti Agro Zone further project development without participating in the Expression of Interest (EoI) process?

A: Yes, you can. The entire tender process, consisting the first stage EOI, and a second stage RFP, is governed by the laws of Georgia, and designed to be fully transparent and fair. As such, participation in the Invitation for Expression of Interest (EoI) is not mandatory for participation in the following stage.

However, we recommend to all potential respondents to take part in the Expression of Interest (EoI) process: as a potential investor and occupier of IAZ, you gain first-hand access to highly detailed project information, have the opportunity to meet with MEPA, RDA and IAZ representatives and the Project Advisors through the Industry Briefing, and you can provide valuable feedback to IAZ, helping us shape the project for the full benefit of its potential users.

Q: What obligations does the respondent have in case of participating in the Expression of Interest (EoI)?

A: As expressed in the General Terms and Conditions, Article 4, the “… Invitation for EOI does not constitute a binding offer and does not create any legal rights or obligations (including any contract) for IAZ or Respondents.”

However, Respondents must fully comply with the conditions set for the EOI process, including the unmodified, legally binding execution of the declarations contained in the Returnable Schedule Executive Summary and Returnable Schedule 2.

Q: In case of incorrectly filled application, is it possible to edit the application?

A: If a Respondent fills out any of the Returnable Schedules incorrectly, they can resubmit the correctly filled out Returnable Schedule prior to the closing deadline, at present set for 30th April 2021 18:00 hours Georgia time. After this date, letters received from Respondents will be considered delayed.

Q: If I have a Greenhouse production, can I use this project for expanding my production?

A: Yes, you can – as a matter of fact, prior experience and demonstrated ability to deliver the proposed project, e.g. by successfully operating an existing greenhouse production, will put you in a position to receive a better evaluation ahead of the start of the RFP process.

Q: Is it necessary for me to have experience in this field in order to participate in the Expression of Interest (EoI)?

A: No, it is not necessary - The EOI is open to all Respondents considered eligible by IAZ, based on the submission of company information and the signing of the NDA in Returnable Schedule 2.

However, a Respondent with prior experience and demonstrated ability to deliver the proposed project will receive a better evaluation ahead of the start of the RFP process:

Following the closing of the EOI, IAZ will evaluate the responses. Please refer to slide 25 of the EOI for details. As part of the evaluation, IAZ will assess the capability and capacity of the respondent to deliver the proposed investment and employment outcomes.

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.