Felipe Montoro Jens’ focus on Rio City’s Education PPP

The decision by a government to enter into a partnership relationship with the private sector offers an excellent alternative to the provision of scarce resources and public services. The Law 11,079 of December 30, 2004 brought the Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) mode of contracting. This law also stated the PPP bidding and contracting rules.

Individuals who have been following up Marcello Crivella’s government program are aware of his commitment to the education sector. According to Felipe Montoro Jens, Crivella, who is the current mayor of Rio de Janeiro intends to create 20,000 and 40,000 new places in daycare centers and pre-schools respectively by 2020. This, he plans to carry out through the help of a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) that is currently in its feasibility phase. The PPP will construct, maintain and offer non-pedagogical services.

Crivella’s partnership model, according to Felipe is similar to the PPP celebrated in July 2012 in Belo Horizonte. This model will grow out of an administrative concession contract signed between a public administration entity and private companies that develop, construct and operate public goods and services. The main participants will include a private partner, City Hall and the International Finance Corporation, which according to Felipe is the largest development institution in the developing world’s private sector.

In his previous speeches, Crivella stated in the government program that in this partnership, the private partner would assume responsibility for the construction and administration of the new Infant Education Units (EDIs). The City Hall will take up the pedagogical roles while the International Finance Corporation (IFC) will provide project modeling consultancy services. IFC’s consultancy services will also extend to analyzing the practicability of the Public Lighting PPP in Rio de Janeiro. Upon their appointment, IFC stated their plan to use finances, expertise, international experience and innovativeness to help their partners deal with political, financial and operational challenges.

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