A recent announcement by the Brazilian government has revealed that it will be granting concessions focused on basic sanitation via a partnership with BNDES (National Bank for Economic and Social Development). Felipe Montoro Jens, a specialist in infrastructure products, interviewed Edison Carlos, President of Trata Brasil, who revealed that he believed that the services will experience improvements in management, structure, and resources.
Carlos went on to say that basic sanitation in Brazil is primarily served by public power, and 70% of those who take advantage of it are served by state organizations. BNDES will be developing customized plans of action for each state it serves, pulling details from surveys of these locations. With this information in place, it will be able to change its approach to meet the needs of each place. One of the major issues being addressed will be water loss, which carries a significant financial impact to state-owned water companies.
Carlos favors the implementation of concessions through partnerships while focusing on drafting contracts with clear goals. To help keep things regulated, regular inspections by public agencies should be adopted in those places where the services are provided. He considers it essential that the activities are frequently reviewed by the governors to ensure that the contracts are being fulfilled as promised while focusing on balancing the mode of operation against the needs of the citizen.
Felipe Montoro Jens has a long and respected history in his field, having worked for such notable companies as Terna S.p.A (Enel Group S.p.A.) working to guide develop projects and structuring finance. Previous to this he worked with Enron with their International Structure Finance Division, and working in the auditing and consulting divisions in PricewaterhouseCoopers. His educational background is in business administration, earned from Fundao Getlio Vargas, and a Masters Degree from The American Garvin School of International Management (USA) in International Management.