Brazil’s National Confederation of Industry (CNI) conducted a study about paralyzed public works projects. Looking the study over, infrastructure projects expert Felipe Montoro Jens said that what stood out to him was that of the 2,796 projects that are frozen 517 of them, or 18.5 percent, are those related to infrastructure. As the taxpayers pay for these projects that means they have R $ 10.7 billion tied up in uncompleted projects that aren’t doing anyone any good.
Basic sanitation projects are the ones most affected by this phenomena, Felipe Montoro Jens says. This is followed up by highways, ports, railways, airports, waterway, and urban mobility work. He says that even simpler projects like building daycare centers or hospitals get abandoned midway through their being built. He says that smaller businesses take on these projects and, with an economic crisis going on, they can’t pay the bills and so shutdown mid-project. More about of Felipe at infomoney.com
There are a number of ways to correct this issue in the future. the CNI’s study said that six measures should be put in place. Among these are carrying out better micro-planning, giving teams more resources to complete projects, and write up more balanced contracts. However, Felipe Montero Jens says that a big issue is that his country doesn’t seem to ever be able to really learn from surveys and all of the monetary losses that occur.
Felipe Montero Jens says that there is some hope, though, that the country can learn from its mistakes. He says that the CNI study was just one of 43 documents about public works projects being abandoned. All 43 of these documents were handed over to every candidate that is in the running for the President of Brazil. Elections are being held in October and it is hoped that the new President will seriously address this issue.