The Botswana Communications Regulatory Authority (BOCRA/ The Authority) has sent an SOS to reputable organisations to help the entity with its metering and billing verification guidelines for audit purposes.
In a communique to would-be experts, the entity says “BOCRA hereby invites experienced and reputable companies to tender for The Provision of Consultancy Services to Develop Metering and Billing Verification Guidelines to Facilitate Audit of Telecommunications Operators’ Billing Systems. The consultancy shall mainly focus on the development of standard audit guidelines/ procedures to be followed by PTOs with regard to Metering and Billing Assurance.”
According to a ‘call for participation’ notice placed by BOCRA “The successful bidder shall; Develop standard audit procedures relating to the accuracy and reliability of metering and billing systems in accordance with international best practice standards; Develop standard procedures for testing the effectiveness of PTOs Internal Controls (centered around billing); Develop the minimum requirements for audit agencies or firms that will be engaged by operators to carry out the assurance services; Develop guidelines/ checklist to be adopted by the Authority when validating audit report submissions from operators; 2 v. Develop reporting templates for submission of Audit reports to the Authority; vi. The consultant will be required to engage industry operators in developing the guidelines and carry out an assessment of PTOs existing billing systems; vii. Develop risk assessment procedures to be used by the operator for the risk identification and mitigation associated with their metering and billing systems, including fraud and revenue leakage, for submission to the Authority, and the consultant should facilitate skill transfer to BOCRA staff during the consultancy period.”
It goes on to add that (for) “Bidders who are domiciled outside Botswana, preference shall be given to companies who undertake to enter into joint venture with or sub-contract portions of the work to citizens companies; Bidders who are domiciled in Botswana must, in order to be considered for the tender, be registered with the Public Procurement and Asset Disposal Board (PPADB) in any of the following categories and sub codes; Code: 120 ICT Technical Support Systems Sub-code(s): 01, 02,03,05, 06, 08 & 09 AND/ OR Code: 314 Finance Related Services Sub-code(s): 06 AND/ OR Code: 317 Other Consultancy Services Sub-code(s): 10 & 11 AND/ OR Code: 319 ICT Consultancy Services Sub-code(s): 01,02,03,04 & 05 Youth companies in Botswana shall purchase the ITT at 50% of the fee as per Presidential Directive CAB 14 (B)/2015. 3 Tenders and all supporting documents should be submitted not later than 12:00hrs on 14th February 2020.