Views Of Felipe Montoro Jens On Public-Private Partnerships

It was in June that the first projects under the current mayor of Porto Alegre, Nelson Marchezan Júnior, were discussed by the Management Council of the Municipal Program of Partnerships. All these projects were on Public-Private Partnerships and Concessions.

Felipe Montoro Jens is considered to be an expert on Infrastructure Projects. Hence he was asked to present his views on subjects that included public lighting, besides the Guaíba Water Park, as well as Public Market. Other issues included bidding for the concession to be given on public clocks, various sanitation projects as well as the construction of the Hospital Materno Infantil Presidente Vargas.

As per the mayor of Rio Grande do Sul, the purpose of this meeting was to define all the areas as well as services where the government will have to seek partnerships with private initiative in order to work faster.

These Public-Private Partnerships are a way for Nelson Marchezan to overcome the financial crisis being faced by Brazil today. He wants these to be implemented in as many areas of the municipal administration as possible.

In order to modernize public administration, the mayor had signed the Decree 19736 on 2nd May. This established the Municipal Program Partnerships (PROPAR / POA) as well as the Program Management Board Partnerships (CGP). All this was detailed by Felipe Montoro Jens.

The CGP can be considered as a tool of governance. It provides active transparency for all those projects that are structured on the modalities of PPPs as well as Concessions. This would guarantee the proper public supervision on all these projects. Further, Felipe Montoro Jens has reported that the Council will be a superior body that would have a normative nature. It will look after the planning and execution, of Public-Private Partnerships.

The responsibility of the Partnership Program Management Council will be to define conditions that would include these projects.