Felipe Montoro Jens is the Infrastructure Projects expert within the nation of Brazil’s Ministry of Planning, a department of the government that deals with budgets, contracts, and upcoming events of all kinds. One thing that the Ministry of Planning has struggled with in the past two years – actually, it’s been a little bit longer than two years – is having projects and contracts completed on time.
According to a study done by the National Confederation of Industry – the organization is the nonpartisan, unbiased voice of industry in Brazil – this year using data from the end of fiscal year 2018, 2,796 public contracts went unfulfilled.
The national, state, and local governments of Brazil sign contracts with private builders, infrastructure repair experts, and other people to work on infrastructure needs. They hold auctions to complete various projects; the lowest bidder at these auctions – or at least one of the lowest bidders – gets awarded the job if they’re deemed good and reliable enough for whatever jobs are at hand.
Felipe Montoro Jens is upset that his home country of Brazil failed to oversee the completion of 447 basic sanitation projects, which far outnumber any other type of infrastructure sector work. Of the roughly 2,800 jobs that went undone at the end of fiscal year 2017, 517 of them were related to infrastructure.
The next most common jobs that went unfinished were urban mobility works – roads – at a count of eight, airports – 16 airports went unfinished – and 30 highways. Felipe Montoro Jens shared in an article that covered his take on the current infrastructure situation in Brazil – the monstrous infrastructure problem, that is – that he’s upset so many sanitation projects went unfinished because they’re often the simplest.
You can find Montoro Jens on Twitter @felipemontoroj to continue the conversation.