There have been increased private investments in infrastructure projects across Latin America, especially in Brazil. Dyogo Oliveira, Brazil Minister for Planning, Development, and Management, however, noted that they will create financial guarantee structures which will control the rates and levels of private investors’ involvement in infrastructure projects in the region. This report is according to Felipe Montoro Jens, an infrastructure projects expert and consultant. This follows the Special Meeting of Governors of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in Mendoza, Argentina in March 2018. Follow Montoro Jens on Twitter.
Dyogo Oliveira proposed that IDB should focus on promoting studies that investigate more efficient solutions for project risk management, as well as, facilitating control of private investment in the region. He was supported by Luis Caputo, Argentina finance minister who serves as the chairman of the bank’s board of governors.
Latin America countries need new investment in the wake of the fourth industrial revolution. As opposed to the earlier challenge of building roads, sanitation and providing water, the new pursuit involves modern infrastructure development that goes with Industry 4.0 revolution.
Felipe Montoro Jens reports that IDB president Luis Alberto Moreno emphasized on the need for convergence of infrastructure in Latin America as well as better connectivity between countries. This is because investments are below what is needed pointing this is the only way to realize growth even as the IDB adopts improved gender equality policies and reinforced environmental preservation efforts when carrying out projects.
Brazil has initiated and engaged in several Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) mostly for public works as pointed by Felipe Montoro Jens. The Brazilian government’s efforts in financing infrastructure development are in line with regional best practices following action guidelines of IDB and other agencies. Reports from the IDB Governors’ Meeting indicate that PPPs in the Caribbean and Latin America are on the rise, with more than 1,000 PPPs in infrastructure alone being undertaken in the last ten years.
Despite the rise, whose total value is over $360 billion, Felipe Montoro Jens notes that most projects were not able to mobilize private capital. The total loans value given by IDB to Brazil last year was US $12.9 billion, a 20% increment from 2016. Visit: http://www.felipemontorojens.com.br/