USAID contracts with BearingPoint for work in Bosnia-Herzegovina

The U.S. Agency for International Development has awarded two contracts to BearingPoint to help set up USAID’s workforce program, Enabling Labor Mobility (ELMO), in Bosnia-Herzegovina and to assist in the agency’s work with that country’s Tax Reform Activity (TARA) initiative.

BearingPoint said the two new contracts cover four years and have a combined value of $19.6 million.

USAID’s ELMO project works with local officials to lower barriers to labor mobility in Bosnia-Herzegovina. The program is designed to ease the financial burdens on small and midsize enterprises by promoting flexible, diverse forms of labor relations and agreements.

ELMO also aims to unify data collection and upgrade labor authorities’ capacity to more effectively monitor compliance of workforce rules and policies.

Under the terms of the contract, worth about $12 million over four years with options, BearingPoint will work with governments in Bosnia-Herzegovina to formulate the new policies and initiatives, and provide project management and overall implementation support for USAID and the governments involved.

TARA is designed to reform tax collection in the country by building a modern, coherent framework for direct taxation that includes corporate and personal income taxes and market value-based real estate taxation.

The contract, worth as much as $7.6 million over four years with options, calls for BearingPoint to lead efforts to reform the country’s tax collection activity and create fully functioning, sustainable tax policies and the administration of those policies.

BearingPoint has performed USAID-sponsored work in Bosnia-Herzegovina for the past decade.

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