Brazilian Government Seeks Private Companies for Help with Sanitation

Water purity and basic sanitation issues have plagued Brazil in recent years. The government has chosen to partner with the Brazilian Development Bank, or BNDES, to rectify the situation. Concessions agreements will be granted to private companies in order to repair the management and structure of key resources.

The president of the Trata Brasil Institute, Edison Carlos, asserts that over 90 percent of sanitation services fall under public control. The government runs more than 70 percent of these services. Edison believes that private companies can work together with public organizations to alleviate sanitation and water purity issues.

Felipe Montoro Jens, an expert in infrastructure projects, explains that the loss of water resources has caused a large amount of financial turmoil. Jens points out that private companies are necessary to help guide government sanitation services away from financial disaster. Furthermore, Jens states that teamwork between private and public organizations will help to shed light on these financial dilemmas.

Jens maintains that government leaders should review all concession activities to verify proper adherence to implementation agreements. He believes in strong government oversight along with cooperation between public and private sanitation organizations.

Felipe Montoro Jens has extensive experience with finance management and accounting. He worked at Terna SPA in the structured finance and project development areas, and he worked at Enron in the division of structured finance. Mr. Jens also worked as a consultant and auditor at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC).

Mr. Jens has served in many different leadership positions over the course of his career. He has an extensive knowledge of engineering and finance. Mr. Jens holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the Getulio Vargas Foundation, and he also holds a master’s degree in international management from Arizona State Unive