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Uruguay : Government signed the first private public participation contract for the construction of 59 educational centers

Publish Date : 11-Sep-2019

In the next 24 months, 59 educational centers, 44 kindergartens and 15 CAIF centers will be built, thanks to the signing of the first public-private participation contract signed this September 6 by various government institutions. The works will be erected in 14 departments and will consume about 68 million dollars. With these resources, the goal of 140 CAIFs built in management will be achieved.

This Friday 6, representatives of the Office of Planning and Budget (OPP), the Ministry of Economy and Finance (MEF), the National Administration of Public Education (ANEP) and the Institute of Children and Adolescents of Uruguay (INAU) signed the first private public participation contract (PPP) for educational infrastructure.

The agreement provides for the design, construction, financing and maintenance of 44 kindergartens in 14 departments, and 15 CAIF centers in 6 departments, with a total investment of 68 million dollars. The works would be completed in mid-2020.

The initial investment in the 44 kindergartens will total 55 million dollars and will be installed in the departments of Artigas, Canelones, Cerro Largo, Colonia, Maldonado, Montevideo, Paysand, Rivera, Rocha, Salto, San Jos, Soriano, Tacuaremb and Treinta and three.

On the other hand, 15 CAIFs will be built for 13 million dollars. They will be located in Artigas, Canelones, Montevideo, Salto, Soriano and Tacuaremb. The contract will remain valid for 22 years, 2 for construction and 20 for maintenance.

The head of the Ministry of Economy and Finance, Danilo Astori, highlighted the agreement and recalled that this type of agreement comes from the United Kingdom and that the Government was interested and defined its application in Uruguay. "This means that today we have 13 public-private participation projects in different stages of operation, one of which is this," he said.

For his part, the director of the OPP, lvaro Garca, recalled the announcement of President Tabar Vzquez four years ago, which implied an ambitious plan of infrastructure for 12.3 billion dollars, the highest investment figure in the matter of history, with various sources of financing among which are PPPs.

In that sense, he claimed this modality, which took place after work for almost three years. "It is a new tool that has been providing us with important solutions, in correctional facilities, road works and now social," he said.

The president of INAU, Marisa Lindner, said: "Investing public money in prioritizing early childhood is the goal of this Government." He added that it is the way to reaffirm a path that the country has been going through for three decades, but that today gains a significant boost. In his opinion, Uruguayan society is increasing its social responsibility now, with the plus of having a National Care System.

He recalled that at the beginning of the administration they had promised to carry out the opening of 140 CAIF. "Today we can say that with those that were inaugurated, those that are under construction, those tendered and those that will be built with PPPs, we meet the objective set," he concluded.

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