Felipe Montoro Jens, an expert on Brazil’s infrastructure, recently commented on the Brazilian National Industrial Congress’ report on suspended infrastructure projects in the South American nation. According to Felipe Montoro Jens, more than 2700 public works projects are currently on hold after breaking ground, costing taxpayers billions.
Montoro Jens points out that sanitation makes up the largest category of such projects, with over 400 delayed infrastructure projects. In addition, there are 30 highway construction and repair projects yet to be completed. Delays have also been reported on projects at airports and on railways, as well as seaports and waterway. Likewise, work began on many pre-schools, day-care centers, and other educational facilities, with the public still waiting for their completion. More about of Felipe at infomoney.com
A huge part of the problem in his view is a lack of investment on the part of the government. Although Brazil spends a paltry 2% of its GDP on infrastructure, the nation has not been able see returns on that investment as a result of these stalled projects. The state of affairs is exacerbated by a recession that has forced the federal, state, and local agencies to make emergency cuts.
Felipe Montoro Jens reports that the National Industrial Congress has several recommendations to improve the state of the country’s infrastructure. In a report published by the organization, the authors argue that better large-scale planning is essential to ensure that infrastructure projects are completed in a timely fashion. The president of the group argued that Brazil has been unable to learn from the problems it faces in this area. Moreover, he added that while it should be a priority to try to re-start work on halted projects, it is just as important to develop programs and craft goals in such a way that the country does not make the same mistakes again and again.