As a specialist in Projects of Infrastructure, Felipe Montoro Jens is currently involved with the project in Rio de Janeiro that will overhaul the city’s child education network. A plan is underway to create 20,000 new places in day-care centers as well as 40,000 new places in pre-schools by the end of the year 2020. The project is one involving the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) and is focused on the advancement of the current infrastructure with the municipality.
The Public-Private Partnership works hand in hand with the International Finance Corporation to tackle this goal of a complete overhaul of the city’s child education network. The IFC is responsible for providing the services for consultation as well as the implementation of the expansion program mentioned earlier for day-care and pre-schools within the city. The IFC was brought on board at a price of R $2.3 million and happens to be the largest private sector development which focuses on the private sector in developing countries according to Felipe Montoro Jens.
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This project is revolutionary, but isn’t the first of its kind in Brazil. A similar PPP expansion was accomplished in Belo Horizonte in July 2012 and has been mentioned by the likes of Felipe Montoro Jens as well as current mayor of Rio de Janeiro, Marcelo Crivella. The goal for Rio is for the private partner to be responsible for the construction and administrative maintenance of new infant education units and the City Hall for the pedagogical part and the school lunch. Currently underway, this project is moving along with support from many within the city as child education is very important to the overall health of the country. The Public-Private Partnerships have been around since December 2004 and were created by Law No. 11,079. This established general rules for conduct in regard to bidding and contracting of PPPs within the public administration.