Early this year, the government announced that it would partner with National Bank for Economic and Social Development (BNDES) to offer grants. Following the announcement, the president of Trata Brasil, Edison Carlos, and Felipe Montoro Jens gave an interview where they outlined the benefits of the initiative.
Benefits expected from the concession
According to Carlos, the involved sewerage services will help realize a lot of improvement in terms of resources, management, and structure. Felipe added that the initiative would see a decrease in waste levels. Edison reasoned that involvement of private initiative should not lead to exclusion of the public in basic sanitation. Instead, the two forms of management should work together to improve the overall performance of the sector.
Edison further noted that government has plenty of experience, which can be beneficial if they worked with private institutions. According to Felipe, state-owned companies in the water sector fail to deliver proper services since there is so much waste involved. Since private sector has enough resources to prevent water loss, the concession will help improve service delivery.
The Trata Brasil president acknowledged that there is a lot of advanced technology available in the private sector. He noted that it would be beneficial to the country’s water management and especially the sewerage network.
In his final view, Edison noted that the implementation of partnership and subsequent concessions was a great idea, but the government needed to be clear when drafting the contracts. He asked the governors to review issues presented during concession to ensure that they met all the requirements agreed upon.
About Felipe Montoro Jens
Felipe Montoro Jens is a graduate from Fundao Getlio Vargas. He graduated with a degree in business administration. He later enrolled to Thunderbird, where he received his master’s degree in international management.
In his career, Felipe has served in various top positions for different companies and as a board member. Currently, he is on the board of directors at San Antonio Energia and Foz do Brasil.