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Project Management QualityThe Project Development Objectives were providing provision of telephony and internetservices in rural Mongolia, strengthening of the sector regulator, Public PrivatePartnerships (PPP) for E-Government and finally managing the project effectively.1.Providing provision of telephony and internet services in rural Mongolia: Theachievement was substantial as the number of telephony minutes were seen toincrease from zero to 530,000 but failed to achieve the target of 1,200,000 annualminutes as the PM was not expecting the superior mobile network for expandingto cover the herders. But the mobile networks were seen to expand quickly than itwas expected originally.2.Public Private Partnerships (PPP) for E-Government: The achievement was onlymodest owning to the fact that the implementation of the e-governmentapplication was seen to delay as the PPP approach took time for finalizing themodel and developing the bidding documents. This led to the extension of theproject by one year, and the two e-government applications CertificationAuthority and Portal System, and Public Key Infrastructure were eventuallycanceled after elections.3.Continued additional annual investment in the ICT sector: This objective wasseen to be fully achieved owing to the continued strong private investments. Theachievement of this objective was done due to improvement in the regulatory andpolicy environment and promotion of the investments in rural areas.The PM quality was not highly satisfactory owing to the various challenges being facedin the achievement of the objectives. Some of the challenges were the huge disparity inICT infrastructure and services availability between the urban and rural areas. Virtually,no services were seen to exist at the bagh level or outside the soum centers and theresidents were found to be seasonally nomadic. Further challenges were encountered inattracting the private investments owing to high infrastructure cost in rural Mongolia dueto the vast geography of the country. Therefore the resources and capacity forimplementation of the rollout of rural services were limited efficiently. Additionally,some of the challenges identified were the inadequate capacity to promote and regulatethe development and implementation of the ICT sector agenda proactively and limitationin the implementation capacity, limited ICT policy leadership, etc.The e-Government applications had less than 10 percent of the total funding andtherefore failure the implementation of the e-Government applications was outweighedby the overwhelming success of the other objectives. The country with the highlydispersed population and challenging geography was seen to have corresponding largestcomponent focused DOs, especially on the smaller population centers. Overall theobjective of providing ICT services towards the rural population was overachieved.Overall the project helped in developing the information security framework along withfinancing a related awareness raising program and capacity building.