The Revolution of PPPs in Early Childhood Education

One of Rio de Janeiro’s objectives under the management of Mayor Marcelo Crivella is to create 20,000 new places in daycare centers as well as 40,000 new places in pre-schools by 2020. For this to happen, a Public Private Partnership is encouraged. This partnership will commit to carrying out construction, maintenance upon completion and non-pedagogical services of educational equipment. Felipe Montoro Jens, the specialist in Infrastructure Projects highlighted that they are still in the feasibility studies phase of the partnership.

The plan is to carry out this objective through a PPP where the private partner has full responsibility for construction and administrative maintenance EDIs (Infant Education Units) while City Hall is responsible for the school lunch and the pedagogical part.

The entity that is responsible for providing project modelling consultation services is the IFC- International Finance Corporation. Felipe Montoro Jens explained that the IFC is the largest private sector development institution in the developing world. It aims to apply its financial resources, innovative thinking and expertise to help its partners overcome their financial, political and operational challenges.

The IFC also has the responsibility of providing consultation services analyzing the feasibility of the eventuality of Public Lighting PPP in the capital, Rio de Janeiro. Felipe highlighted that the contract with the institution is R $ 2.1 million.

Law 11,079 of December 2004 created the modality of public contracting. It was then that the general rules for the bidding and contracting of PPPs was established. Now that a possibility of partnership with the private sector has come up, it creates an excellent alternative for the government to fill up the scarce resources when providing public services. This contracting model is based on a contract signed between entities of the public administration and private companies who are responsible for development, construction and operation of public services and goods.

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