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MOP aims to develop more, better concessions

Bnamericas Published: Thursday, October 01, 2009
Chile's public works ministry ( MOP) is aiming to increase the number of concessions while at the same time providing better services, concessions coordinator Ricardo Trincado said at a seminar in capital Santiago. "We have a new portfolio of projects but at the same time we are improving the current concessions," said Trincado. "While it may seem like a contradiction, we are planning to concession more and better projects to provide more and better services," he added. As part of a move to "reactivate" concessions in the country, Trincado outlined the concessions division's three main areas of focus. The first is innovation. "The private sector has know-how that is incredibly valuable," Trincado said. "However, we don't want private firms that just carry out projects; we want players that feel the freedom to propose new ideas and develop them." The ministry needs an active private sector, while the public sector needs to receive and incorporate proposals and have a flexible attitude, according to Trincado. A second area of focus is responsibility on both sides. The private sector must understand that concessions are not just a business opportunity and the public sector has to take care of its institutional integrity, he said, adding: "The public sector has to keep its commitments with the end users and comply with the legislative structure." Finally, the concessions program must be user oriented, according to Trincado. "The private sector has been doing this for years, taking into account the final perception of the user," he said. It is now time to incorporate this concept into the ministry's program, using a final survey to check out what the users think of a project. Trincado also called on the public and private sectors to be active in the development of concessions: "We do not want spectators." In the 15 years of its concessions program, MOP has signed 55 contracts totaling US$11bn and involving some 140 local and foreign firms.

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