DOT-COM Activity: Afghanistan - Telecommunications Advisors to the Ministry of Communication, Afghanistan
Short Description: dot-GOV provided technical assistance to the Ministry of Communications (MOC) on spectrum management, Internet policy and licensing, and telecommunications liberalization, at the request of the Minister for Communications.
Phase/Type of Activity: Buy-in or Incremental Funding Status: Completed
Start date: January 01, 2002 End Date: June 01, 2002
Person(s) to contact
Sarah Tisch, Ph.D. , Chief-of-Party
dot-GOV , Internews Network Email: Tel: 202 833-5740 x 203
Full Description: A series of three technical advisors worked in Kabul with the Ministry of Communication (MOC) to help with the process of telecommunications policy prioritization. The first advisor worked with the MOC in 2002 on policy prioritization, evaluated project designs to expand national mobile and microwave coverage, and offers of investment from the private sector. The second advisor worked with MOC staff responsible for spectrum management and assisted with implementing pricing policies to reduce the costs of ICTs such as radios, mobile phones and ISPs. This advisor helped resolve a conflict concerning fees for community radio stations, thus increasing access to information in rural areas, especially for women. The third advisor continued working with the MOC on finalization of the draft telecommunications law and the process for public review. Passage of this law will have far-reaching impact on women's and men's access to telephony, both fixed line and cellular service. Finally, dot-GOV helped facilitate advanced spectrum management training for one official from the MOC.
Core funding for the DOT-COM Alliance is provided by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Bureau for Economic Growth, Agriculture & Trade, Office of Infrastructure and Engineering (EGAT/OI&E), Office of Education (EGAT/ED), and Office of Women in Development (EGAT/WID), under the terms of Award numbers: GDG-A-00-01-00009-00, dot-GOV; GDG-A-00-01-00014-00, dot-ORG; GDG-A-00-01-00011-00, dot-EDU.