This video highlights the benefits of Framework Agreements and how they can contribute towards a more efficient procurement process.


What are framework agreements?

Framework agreements allow the borrower to retain one or more qualified individual consultants or consulting firms for multiple consultancy assignments, known as “call-offs.”

General terms and conditions between the parties are established and often include a list of pre-agreed experts and their fees.

What are the benefits of framework agreements?

Framework agreements allow the executing agency to award contracts faster and deploy consultants as needed without going through a full procurement process each time a consultant is required, thus saving time on contract negotiations and administration.

Pre-established fees also keep costs fixed throughout the framework agreement period, providing borrowers a degree of certainty in their consultancy budget for each project.

How do framework agreements contribute to effective procurement of consulting services?

The executing agency can create the terms of reference for each call-off in order to address specific project requirements.

Framework agreement firms may be invited to submit proposals for each call-off, enabling the borrower to select the most qualified consultant for the unique needs of each project.

The borrower can set up its own framework agreement or use an existing agreement established by ADB or other entities, subject to ADB’s review and approval.

This Guidance Note outlines key factors to consider when establishing framework agreements and how they can be structured to help ensure that value for money is achieved.