Bid Invitation: DSI11/2020-21

Description: DSI11/2020-21 An econometric analysis study on the impact of imported technologies on South African firms

Closing date: 24 March 2021

Closing Time: 11:00




  1. The TOR does not specify whether the study will focus on primary as well as secondary (flow-on) impacts. Are both relevant for the study or do you only want a focus on the initial /primary impacts on firm productivity levels, employment etc.?  
  • The study will solely be based on secondary data, whose sources are South African Revenue Service’s (SARS) administrative record data. The three data sets are all stored at, and can be accessed and analysed from the National Treasury only. However, other credible data sources (of the required secondary data) can be used for complementarity.
  1. During the Microsoft Teams session the question was asked whether only the data sources that were specified need to be consulted. It is still not clear to us whether, apart from those specified sources and a literature review whether it is also required to survey a proxy of manufacturing firms in the different sub-sectors?
  • Since the study will be based solely on the available secondary data, we do not expect the implementation of a survey study to generate primary data. This is because we have already implemented and completed an online survey study based on interviews with manufacturing firms across different sub-sectors
  1. clarity whether only first round/primary economic impacts of imported technology needs to be researched or whether you are also interested on the knock-on effects on suppliers (indirect impacts) and overall spending (induced) impacts. Could you please clarify?
  • Our Terms of Reference (ToR) has defined the extent of coverage as follows; The project seeks to examine the impact that the importation of technologies from abroad has at the firm level, on employment (aggregate as well as skilled and unskilled); on output; exports and contribution to fiscus. Together with aggregate effects (i.e. for the manufacturing sector), the analysis should also examine the impact by manufacturing sub-sector; age of firm; size of firm; local versus foreign-owned firm and by firm expenditure on R&D.” But, it (the ToR) has not (explicitly) included as part of the scope an interest on researching the knock-on effects on suppliers (indirect impacts) and overall spending (induced impacts). Which means that the study has to focus more on what the ToR requires.
  • However, you may sell the idea by including in your proposal the aspect of researching knock-on effects on suppliers and overall expenditure. Our interest in the aspect will depend on your explicit demonstration of how this may complement findings based on direct (primary) economic impacts of imported technology
  1. Would access to the SARS data be granted?
  • The National Treasury has agreed to grant access to the SARS data to any successful bidder. The National Treasury has a dedicated team of technical experts to assist and guide the service provider with the refinement and manipulation of data.
  1. Would shortlisted service providers be required to provide presentations virtually or in person?
  • Shortlisted service providers shall be required to provide a compulsory presentation to the DSI virtually.
  1. Clarify whether the expertise and experience required for conducting the study are only limited to the ones specified under criteria 3, (page 10) of the terms of reference (ToR).
  • The expertise and experience required for conducting the study will include but not limited to the ones specified under criteria 3 (page 10) of the ToR. Other fields of study such as science, engineering and management will also be considered.
  1. How the consultation with stakeholders would be conducted
  • Following approval of the report by the NACI Council, the NACI Secretariat shall organise a round table discussion to solicit inputs and views from key stakeholders on the findings of the study.
  1. Does this statement imply that the study only focus on the impacts of imported technology on the manufacturing sector. Or is all the other economic sectors (agriculture, mining etc. ) also included?
  • Yes, it is in the manufacturing sector across its various sub-sectors that manufacture secondary or finished products e.g. agricultural products, mining products, chemical products, motor vehicles (as well as parts and accessories), clothing and textile products, metal, food production, electronics, timber and wood products, etc. Manufacturing sector is very broad as shown here, and it is one of the key sectors (after services sector) that contribute immensely to our GDP.
  1. Should the financial proposal/proposed budget be included in the proposal or be handed in electronically as a separate document? 
  • We need a proposal that contains both technical part of work and the financials or proposed budget.