Felipe Montoro Jens is a renowned expert in Infrastructure projects. He recently made public the fact that Brazilian city, Rio de Janeiro plans a massive expansion of its child education network by incorporating public-private Partnerships (PPP). Rio de Janeiro Mayor, Marcelo Crivella adds that the expansion plan aims to complete the construction of 20,000 new daycare facilities and as much as 40,000 pre-schools in the area by 2020.
The PPP will take care of the construction and maintenance of the facilities as well as provision of the education equipment. The private partners take part in the building and maintenance of the education centers while the city municipality is responsible for the supply of education equipment and school meals among other services. The design of the facilities follows in the footsteps of the one in Belo Horizonte which is also a PPP product done in 2012.
Felipe Montoro Jens adds that The International Finance Corporation (IFC), which has affiliations with the World Bank, provides consulting services for the project. IFC helps many entrepreneurs with expert advice to overcome financial difficulties and has influenced many developments in the private sector. IFC will also offer their services in the Public Lighting project in Rio.
The Public-Private Partnership as a program encourages public contracting and participation of the public in development activities that directly affect them. It has been in existence since 2004 after the introduction of the biding and contracting laws. The PPP provides a better and tested alternative for the government to improve service delivery to the public. A public-private partnership model comes to life when a private party willingly enters the agreement with a public administration, either the state or even the municipality, and the two entities jointly sign the deal.