The Brazilian government has laid out some significant plans to improve the basic sanitation services in the country. Per a question raised by Felipe Montoro Jens, an infrastructure specialist in the country, Edison Carlos, Trata Brasil president, confirmed that the government would provide concessions through BNDES. According to Carlos, the move would make significant improvements in structural, administration, and resource areas of sanitation services. It is revealed that more than 70% of basic sanitation is performed by state organizations, and almost 90% of sanitation services use public power. The latest initiative is to make more participation from the private sector as the government believes that both private and public players can work together and complement each other.
Additionally, BNDES is planning for customized action plans depending on the locations and states it is working with to adapt the local requirements. The significant loss of water in sanitation services is considered to be the biggest drawback of public players and causing a major flow of financial resources, reports Jens. Edison confirms that private players have better resources and advanced technology to prevent water loss. He believes that it is crucial while coming to water management in the country. Edison also raised voice for setting clear goals in the contracts and regular inspections to ensure the services are performed as stated.
Felipe Montoro Jens has decades of experience in working with various infrastructure companies and agencies in Brazil. He is on the board of directors of many infrastructure firms and agencies including Foz do Brasil SA, Fonte Nova Negocios e Participaçoes SA, Concessionaria do Centro Administrativo, San Antonio Energia SA, and more.
Jens worked with a number of firms including Terna S.p.A, Enron, and PricewaterhouseCoopers on various divisions from project development to auditing and consulting. He secured his graduation in business administration from Fundao Getlio Vargas and completed his master’s from Thunderbird, U.S., in international management.