The government’s decision to make concessions on basic sanitation services by partnering with BNDES is appreciated by the most of the industry experts. Felipe Montoro Jens, a renowned infrastructure specialist in Brazil, has brought more details about the full extent of benefits by interviewing the President of Trata Brasil – a basic sanitation institute in Brazil, Edison Carlos, and confirmed that it could bring positive changes in the structural, management, and resource areas. Edison says that though the current sanitation services industry in Brazil in ruled by state organizations, the partnership with private firms can complement each other, and government companies can drive efficiency in the services.
Edison further explained that BNDES would go for an approach of customization according to places, and each state would have separate action plan according to the requirements. The inefficient conservation of water is considered a major issue for the state organizations in the water sector. The wastage of water is a major challenge for state companies, and its collaboration with private players can bring better results for them as most private players have better resources to ensure preventing wastage of water. While agreeing to the benefits of bringing private players in sanitation services, Edison also warned the need of setting clear goals in each contract. He asked for regular inspections to ensure goals are being achieved.
Felipe is not only an infrastructure specialist but an avid speaker and works closely with government organizations to implement various projects. He has decades of working experience in both North America and Brazil and worked as a part of several government-funded projects and private companies.
Jens held various executive level roles in many infrastructure firms in Brazil and are part of the board of directors of many organizations and private enterprises including Fonte Nova Negocios e Participaçoes SA, Concessionaria do Centro Administrativo, San Antonio Energia SA, Foz do Brasil SA, and more. He is an undergraduate from Getulio Vargas Foundation and completed his graduation from Thunderbird School of Management.