Felipe Montoro Jens, an executive with extensive knowledge about infrastructure services in Brazil, explained the benefits of the concession option offered for the basic sanitation services industry in Brazil by the government. Jens sourced the information from the president of Trata Brasil – an Institute for basic sanitation, Edison Carlos through an interview. Carlos confirmed that the concessions are issued by the government through BNDES. The concession initiative is expected to improve the structural, resource, and management areas of basic sanitation. Edison further confirmed that more than 90% of basic sanitation services in the country use public power and at least 70% of the services are offered state organizations.
When private players are encouraged by the new initiative, it will complement both private and public sectors each other. While the government organizations have the important experience, the private players have the technology and management for efficient operations. It is found that the loss of water is a major cause of inefficient operations of state organizations in the water sector. Private players have better resources to handle the loss of water using advanced technology, and that can become crucial in the water management of the country. Also, the presence of private players leverage the public sector to improve its financial situation as well, says Felipe Montoro Jens.
Felipe has collaborated with a number of infrastructure and servicing firms during his career. He has more than two decades of experience in handling various infrastructure projects, and that gives enough expertise for him to understand the issues and practical difficulties associated with the industry.
Jens is on the boards of many firms focusing on infrastructure: Foz do Brasil SA, Concessionaria do Centro Administrativo, San Antonio Energia SA, Fonte Nova Negocios e Participaçoes SA, and more. He completed his under-graduation from Getulio Vargas Foundation and secured his graduation from the Thunderbird School of Global Management.