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The environment of PPPs in Latin America: the municipal level as the next border

Por David Bloomgarden


In early June, the MIF organized a webinar attended by over 75 people from the private and public sector to present and discuss the results of the latest Infrascope. I was very happy about the participation among the participants who participated with some great questions!  Among the themes that stood out are how to apply the Infrascope methodology to cities. Especially growing medium sized cities face growing demands for basic services such as such as urban transport, clean water and sanitation, public safety, health and education.

Emerging potential for PPPs in LAC

Por Dennis Blumenfeld


The development of infrastructure public-private partnerships (PPPs) in Latin America and the Caribbean remains highly concentrated. Brazil and Mexico account for 65% of total investments, and this figure rises to more than 80% if one includes Colombia, Peru, and Chile. Despite the disproportionate development of PPP projects among countries in the region, governments throughout Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) have embraced PPPs as a pragmatic option for developing their infrastructure. Last February at the MIF’s PPPAmericas conference  in Cartagena, Colombia, there were government officials present not only from the aforementioned countries but from Uruguay, Guatemala, Argentina, Jamaica, Honduras, El Salvador, Paraguay, Haiti, Panama, Costa Rica, Trinidad and Tobago, Ecuador, and other countries in the region.

Education PPPs get new boost from world leaders

Por David Bloomgarden


(C)2013 GEMS Education 

What do former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, former U.S. President Bill Clinton, President of Burundi Pierre Nkurunziza, Ugandan Minister of Finance, Planning and Economic Development Maria Kiwanuka, and former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo have in common? They all agree that access to education, especially girls’ education, is essential for poverty reduction, and that it requires the development of an environment that supports effective public -private partnerships, including a regulatory framework that ensures access, quality, relevance and equity in education provision.

New Directions in Public-Private Partnerships

Por Dennis Blumenfeld



Thursday marks the start of the Annual Meeting of the IDB Board of Governors in Panama. One issue certain to be discussed is the region’s continued infrastructure gap, which hinders productivity and development in many countries due to lack of basic sanitation, safe and efficient modes of transportation, and reliable access to electricity. At the Annual Meeting, there will be a panel organized by the MIF during which top experts will discuss how Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) can be utilized as an effective contractual approach for infrastructure development and service provision. The panel, New Directions in PPPs: New Actors, New Sectors, and New Sources of Funding, will take place on Friday March 15th from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Those watching will learn how PPPs can leverage the innovation, expertise and financial capacity of the private sector for financing, designing, building, operating and maintaining infrastructure projects through long-term, output-based contracts. The panel will also explore when and when not to use PPPs and look at new actors, new sectors, and new sources of funding for these projects.  

New Frontiers and Sectors for PPPs: The Case of Education

Por David Bloomgarden


The terms “PPPs” (public-private partnerships) and “concessions” are no longer confined to transport, energy or other basic infrastructure projects. These models can also be applied to new sectors, such as the cultural or the health sector, education, or used for emerging issues public sector installations are facing such as energy efficiency. This message was clear from discussions at the Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF)’s 2013 PPPAmericas conference, which took place last month in Cartagena, Colombia. (Please visit www.PPPAmericas.org to access video archives of the conference sessions, and much more information about the event.)  In this post, I would like to focus on the case of education, an area that is of special importance for the development of the region.

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