Mayor Marcelo Crivella’s administration has announced plans to leverage public-private partnerships (otherwise known as PPPs) to meet its objectives both in the education sector and development of infrastructural projects such as public lighting. Felipe Montoro Jens, a specialist in infrastructure projects, notes that the mayor is living up to the promises he made to the residents of Rio de Janeiro before he assumed office.
Part of Crivella’s vision for the education sector involves creating 20 thousand new places in daycare centers and an additional 40 thousand places in pre-schools by 2020. The PPP is in support of Crivella’s vision which is currently in feasibility studies stage. Rio de Janeiro is not doing it alone as the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, is the lead consultant on the project. Felipe Montoro Jens is optimistic that the world bank will live up to its end of the bargain as it as carved a niche as the most significant private sector development partner in the developing world. IFC’s services will cost Rio de Janeiro over R $4.4 million.
Just like the first education sector PPP implemented in Brazil in 2012 by Belo Horizonte, Rio’s PPP will rely on the private sector to construct and maintain educational facilities while providing any auxiliary services on a need basis. Crivella’s administration will be responsible for the teaching services and the provision of school lunch as directed by Brazil’s Ministry of Education.
Brazil drafted the rules of engagement between the private sector and public administration entities in 2004. Felipe suggests that that the use of PPPs is an ingenious way of overcoming the scarcity of resources problem that every government is grappling with. Public administration entities comprise the states, municipalities, federal districts, etc. With Felipe Montoro Jens expertise in infrastructural projects and Crivella’s vision, Rio de Janeiro is set for a drastic improvement.