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Maldives: Information Technology Development Project

sector: Information and Communication Technology | country: Maldives

The project completion report (PCR) drew out valuable lessons. Projects involving information and communication technology (ICT) tend to be complex and require more scrutiny. These projects could not be treated the same way as other infrastructure projects such as roads, ports, or airports where a large amount of expertise is already available. Project design would require knowledge and skills that are abundantly available only in the private sector. The regulatory environment for ICT projects is technical and requires knowledge on a mix of legal, technical, and economic fields. Project design should adequately consider the local situation, including sector development status, regulatory framework, and local capacity for implementing the project and absorbing the new technology. Project implementation could have involved external consultants, contractors, and local experts to avoid transitional issues. The validation finds these lessons appropriate.

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