A number of northeastern states in the country of Brazil are changing, transferring over rights of development from state-run companies to private ones. One of the main reasons for this is because of the new concessions that state governments are being able to provide to these companies. This new plan of action is meant to put heavier restrictions on the number of federal transfers, while at the same time, not reducing the cost of investments.
The state of Bahia is one of the main places that have been taking on this initiative. As per their new plans, the government started the Light Rail Vehicle Project to replace the current train systems that the company sees. Over a million people traveling to and within the state will be able to benefit from this. The government of Piauí is also taking on a similar initiative. The state has so far started up 24 different projects that will aid the state and the people living there. The government here is also more leaning towards the area of technological development and is starting to provide concessions to private internet companies who want to set up faster internet connections for the people. The government in the state of Maranhão has decided to go down the infrastructure route by allowing the construction of four new prisons by private corporations, within the state.
Felipe Montoro Jens, a notable member of the infrastructure and development community in Brazil, took to his blog to talk about the changes that the governments are implementing and the impact that they will have on the government. Having worked in some of the most prominent engineering and infrastructure corporations in Brazil, he has a good understanding of the development of the country, and what it potentially needs to be able to grow further.