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Gridlines share emerging knowledge on public-private partnership and give an overview of a wide selection of projects from various regions of the world. Gridlines are a publication of PPIAF (Public-Private Infrastructure Advisory Facility), a multi-donor technical assistance facility. Through technical assistance and knowledge dissemination PPIAF supports the efforts of policy makers, nongovernmental organizations, research institutions, and others in designing and implementing strategies to tap the full potential of private involvement in infrastructure.

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    Transforming Telecoms in Afghanistan : Expanding Affordable Access by Introducing Competition
    (World Bank, Washington, DC, 2006-04) Bhatia, Bhavna ; Gupta, Neeraj
    Afghanistan has transformed its telecommunications from a fragmented system serving few people to a modern one putting Afghans in touch with one another and with the global economy. The government moved quickly to approve a Telecommunications and Internet Policy in 2003, and identified telecommunications as one of the two lead sectors for attracting private and foreign investment. The experience in Afghanistan shows that wireless communications can play a critical role as the primary telecommunications infrastructure in a post-conflict country. The key factors in Afghanistan's success in developing its telecommunications sector have been strong government commitment, a pro-competitive reform agenda, early focus on regulatory reforms and capacity building, and a transparent bidding process.