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Government Concessions can Bring Better Change when in Partnership with Private Sector

Brazil government has decided to partner with National Bank for Economic and Social Development (BNDES). According to Trata Brasil’s President, Edison Carlos, he points out that there will be an improvement in the services offered on management and structure.

Trata Brasil specializes in public sanitation. According to Edison, a significant percentage of sanitation is carried out by public. Moreover, about 70% of this is run by state-owned companies. Edison firmly believes that the quality of services offered would be higher if the private sector and public worked together. He, therefore, encourages government entities to involve the private sector in their operations.

According to the agreement, BNDES will come up with plans for each state it serves. This will be after carrying out a survey that indicates the sanitation situation in respective states. The major problem suffered by state companies in the water sector is shortage of water. Water is a necessity, and without it, such services will be impossible to carry out due to the waste.

Private companies are well equipped with resources, unlike the state companies. This makes them be in a better position in preventing water loss. Water is a unique commodity, especially in sewage sector. Felipe Montoro believes the government should invest more in water conservation areas for them to make progress in sewage plants.

Felipe Montoro argues that the success of a company does not necessarily depend on the type of management it has. What matters most is the quality of services it provides to the public and also the cost it incurs. However, for the success of concessions, plans must be set out on how to carry out the operations in the partnership.

Felipe was born in 1971. He attended Fundao Getlio Varga and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. He furthered his studies in Thunderbird school of global management and earned a master’s degree in international management. Felipe Montoro has served in various capacities in different companies such as principal at H2olmos, chairman at Arboreal and Empreendimentos Imobiliários, principal at Marañon Energia SA amongst other positions.

Felipe is also recognized internationally as a principal speaker. In 2011, at the world economic forum, he gave a speech on essentials of water conservation.