The government’s landmark decision to join hands with BNDS(National Bank for Economic and Social Development) is expected to come to the rescue of Brazilian sanitation services. Experts feel that the government’s experience in the field can be effectively combined with the advantages that the private sector brings.


The improvements are expected to come across in areas of administrative structure and resources. Felipe Montoro Jens, an infrastructure expert, pointed out that this initiative will lead to a decrease in waste. For instance, private sector companies have more resources to prevent wastage of water something that plagues most public sector companies in the water sector.


Importantly the hi-tech infrastructure available with the private sector companies can help water management nationwide, thereby enabling the raising of funds for investment is sewage networks. The great efficiency and accountability that the involvement of the private sector brings to Brazilian sanitation services is just what the doctor ordered for the improvement of the financial condition of public institutions.


Filipe Montoro Jens is a renowned infrastructure expert who serves as the Chairman of Concessionaria do Centro Administrativo do Distrial Federal SA. That apart he serves as Director of Braskem SA and also Director of Concesionaria Trasvase Olmos SA. He is therefore eminently qualified to weigh in on the positive role that the private sector can play in rescuing the moribund public sector Brazilian water services.


There really is no reason to exclude the private sector from participating in public projects in a regulated fashion that helps introduce the efficiencies of the marketplace into the system and enthuses it to deliver better. At the end of the day, delivery should matter much more than any misgivings about the participation of the private sector in the realm of public works. The public-private participation model has succeeded elsewhere, and there is no reason why it should not happen in Brazil.