Basic sanitation in Brazil was recently taken a notch higher through public-private concessions. The government partnered with BNDES bank in the way of bringing professional sanitation management in some of the areas facing acute sanitation challenges. Sanitation experts, such as Trata Brasil’s general manager, Edison Carlos, lauded the move arguing that the public does not have the required capacity to solve the sanitation problems by itself. Edison and Felipe Montoro Jens, an infrastructure expert, were breaking down the concession issue further.
How Private Organizations Will Benefit the Sanitation Sector
Some people argued that the entry of BNDES and other private players into the sanitation industry would compromise the position of the public in the sector. Edison disagreed with that argument saying that the private sector contributed to only about 10 percent of sanitation services in Brazil. He argued that since 70 percent of the sanitation services set aside for the public are done by government organizations, the level of expertise in the sector is guaranteed. He noted that the industry would only be complementary.
Felipe and Edison were both in agreement that government organizations in the country lack important financial management mechanisms. For this, the levels of financial wastages are too high that some of the services offered are half baked. They, therefore, noted that with the entry of private organizations, this financial wastage would be put in check and consequently the service quality would go up. The two also predicted that the private organizations would also fix water wastage problem.
Felipe Montoro Jens
Felipe Montoro Jens is a respected leader and infrastructure developer born in Rio de Janeiro 45 years ago. He is among the most decorated infrastructure experts in Brazil today. He currently works with Concessionaria do Centro Administrativo as board chair.
Felipe is an executive in several other organizations within the infrastructure sector, including Marañon Energia SA, Empresa de Generación Huallaga SA, and H2olmos.
Due to the drought of the past number of years, Brazil has been forced to be more efficient with water usage, collection and recovery. The government has realized that it can no longer solve the water problem itself; therefore, it is offering concessions to increase private water firm’s investment in water systems. Can this plan forestall any future Brazilian droughts?
“Learning from Drought”
Many people were amazed that Brazil had a drought. How could a nation situated between the ocean and Amazon River have a drought? The weather patterns can change dramatically and the clouds might simply go elsewhere. What did Brazilian learn from the drought?
“Preparing For Water Future”
The Brazilian government announced a partnership with BNDES (Banco Nacional de Desenvolvimento Econômico e Social), along with the granting of concessions to deal with water and waste issues. Felipe Montoro Jens,a specialist in infrastructure projects, interviewed Edison Carlos, president of Trata Brasil, about drought, water and sanitation on March 21, 2017.
The government cannot do it alone and has finally realized that. The private sector has better technology and can respond on a shorter time frame to various weather issues. Of course, the private companies will wonder about the profitability of such endeavors.
“Financial Expert Felipe Montoro Jens”
The interviewer – Felipe Montoro Jens – has a wealth of experience in both Brazil and the United States. He has earned a degree in business administration from Fundao Getlio Vargas and a masters in international management from the American Garvin School of International Management.
With the change in leadership, Brazil wants to get back to business. Felipe Montoro Jens understands the financing of public works projects. With his finance background from PricewaterhouseCoopers and work at Terna, Felipe Montoro Jens can help Brazil solve her water and waste management problems. http://www.radaroficial.com.br/d/28075923
For a long time, the issue of sanitation has been affecting Brazil both socially and economically. Its effects have been so severe that the government decided to come up with a sustainable solution. The government gave a contract to the National Bank of Economic and Social Development. To this, industry gurus, such as Felipe Montoros Jens and Edison Carlos had something to say. Edison Carlos is the president of Trata Brasil while Felipe Montoros is an infrastructure guru currently working as the CEO of Odebrencht Properties.
Edison Carlos commented that there was a big problem where 90% of the sanitation jobs, in Brazil, were awarded to the public sector. Felipe was quick to quote that if private companies were let into the deal, they would help with the issue of waste management. He reasoned that one of the biggest source of poor sanitation in Brazil was the lack of adequate means of managing waste. He commented that the private sector has the required resources to help in waste management.
Edison also commented that in order for this concession to be successful, the bank would have to do its research well. They would need to identify the problems of each state and then device a plan that would address the specific concerns of that state. It is only then that true success in the initiative, would be seen.
About Felipe Montoros Jens
Felipe Montoros Jens is one of the most reputable leaders in Brazil’s corporate world. He has worked for a number of leading companies and continues to be one of the most-sought professional within his industry. He is a guru in financial matter and holds two bachelor degrees. A business administration Bachelor’s degree from Fundao Getlio Varga and one in Spanish and History, from the University of Oregon. http://www.radaroficial.com.br/d/28075923