Government agencies across Brazil have recently been reporting the need to invest heavily in the infrastructure of the nation as areas including basic water sanitation have not seen major upgrades in a number of years. Public sector investment specialist Felipe Montoro Jens has recently been examining the benefits that can be had from the announcement of significant concessions made to private sector companies making the decision to become involved in the water sanitation process.
Both Felipe Monotoro Jens and Edison Carlos of Trata Brasil believe major benefits can be obtained for the public when private sector experts become involved in the development of basic water sanitation technology. In Brazil, the number of private water companies taking part in sanitation projects is low with around 90 percent of waste water programs operated by power companies and a further 70 percent by state owned companies. Water losses remain high in many regions as a lack of investment has allowed limited levels of new technology to be used in many areas, but a dedicated list of concessions should make a major difference in the view of Felipe Montoro Jens.
A leading infrastructure specialist, Felipe Montoro Jens has developed a strong career that sees him able to provide his skills in various areas including financial and planning sectors. The global recognition of the work completed by the financial expert has seen him take up positions with world renowned organizations, such as PriceWaterhouseCoopers and Enron.
The graduate of the Thunderbird School of Global Management has recently developed his own career as a public speaker at events, such as the World Economic Forum where he discussed the benefits of bringing major corporations to South American countries.
The Brazilian government unveiled that it would undertake concessions via a partnership with the National Bank for Economic and Social Development. This announcement elicited reactions from various parties such as Felipe Montoro Jens and Edison Carlos, the president of Trata Brasil. Edison Carlos cited in an interview that he believed the services offered would undergo enhancements in terms of resource, structural and management areas. On the other hand, Felipe raised the issue on the reduction of waste levels.
According to Edison, 90% of Brazil’s basic sanitation is done by public power whereby 70% state organizations serve 70% of the users. He also said that the existence of the private initiative was not a sufficient excuse to exclude the public since the two types of management can operate better if they complement each other. Additionally, Edison reiterated that government entities boast of vital experience, which can prove useful through collaboration with other firms.
Edison pointed out the importance of maintaining clear goals when drafting contracts, especially when it comes to partnerships that involve concessions. He emphasized the importance of inspections by government agencies, especially in areas where the services will be offered.
A Closer Look at Felipe Montoro Jens
Throughout his career, Felipe Montoro Jens has proven to be one of the most brilliant corporate executives in Brazil. Over the years, he has worked for numerous companies such as Terna S.p.A ( Enel Group S.p.A.) not only in the structured finance area but also in project development. Furthermore, Felipe Montoro Jens has served PricewaterhouseCoopers in the consulting and auditing areas, as well as Enron in the global structured finance area.
Felipe Montoro Jens is a proud alumnus of the Fundao Getito Vargas, where he attained his degree in business administration. He also holds a postgraduate degree in international management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management. During the 2011 World Economic Forum on Latin America in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Felipe served as a guest speaker.