Afghanistan

UK Crown Agents & European Union Development Agency (telecoms) - acted as team leader responsible for implementation and management of the second GSM Licence in Afghanistan, through technical and financial qualification and bidding. The team produced the tender documents, bidding criteria and evaluation / award processes, and interfaced with the new Ministers up to the Deputy Prime Minister level. This was a high profile situation due to the wide media coverage as it was the first major infrastructure contract awarded under the Interim Afghan Government. The Licence was awarded to a consortium including the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development, and the operating company, Roshan, began commercial service in mid-2003 and is now the market leader. Two new licences were issued in 2006 using the Roshan model developed in this remit.

Ministry of Communications (telecoms) - conducted a technical, commercial and financial due diligence on AWCC, a mobile operator in Afghanistan, for and on behalf of the Ministry of Communications.