Felipe Montoro Jens is a Brazilian businessman who is an expert when it comes to infrastructure projects in that nation. He recently provided his expertise when talking about what is called PPPs, or Public-Private Partnerships. Basically, it entails a transfer of assets from the government to private companies in order to get public infrastructure built. There are a number of states in the Northeast of Brazil that are pursuing this strategy as a way to get around restrictions that the federal government has regarding federal transfers while still getting needed projects completed in a timely manner.
In the state of Bahia, Felipe Montoro Jens explains that a PPP is being used in order to build their 19 mile long light rail vehicle project. This will be replacing a current train service that has become outdated. It will feature 21 stops and is expected to help 1.5 million people in their travels including commutes.
Two PPP projects are being completed in Piauí, he says. The first one is with a sanitation company that will dramatically improve the sewage network in Teresina, the capital of this state. Felipe Montoro Jens says that this network will expand from servicing just 24% of the city to 80%. By 2031 they expect that the entire city will have access to water.
The other project in Piauí is one that will increase the speed and access of the internet for residents. Felipe Montoro Jens says that a total of 1,500 access points will be installed all the way from the coast to the southern end of this state. It will be a fiber optic network and 2.1 million residents of Piauí will benefit from this project.