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Project Management Report from Belo Horizonte

By Manuel Carvalho da Silva Neto

International Correspondent

Minas Gerais, Brazil


When governments decide to improve country, states or provinces or even cities’ infrastructure, and companies decide to make new plants, improve their operations, implement new systems or increase their productivity, this usually happens through projects.

When banks and real estate companies realize that there are avid customers for new housing and that these customers have ways and credit to obtain mortgages for their real estate, it’s time to build new homes and apartments. This is also achieved through projects.

When many people improve life and realize that they can get credit in order to change car, buy a new TV or that new fridge full of features, the companies that provide these goods may need to increase their production and will certainly have to introduce new products to win new customers and retain those who already have. Again, projects allow companies to provide expansions, new factories and new products.

These are, as everyone knows, some of the engines that make the projects market works and consequently Project Management market.

But, when governments do not have money to improve the infrastructure and the economy as a whole is stagnant, people start to lose their jobs, businesses sell less and the climate of uncertainty and lack of confidence prevails? Obviously, no new expansions, no improvements, no new systems! People do not risk exchange of property or car. In this case, the projects become scarce or disappear, or are paralyzed.

Well, that’s the situation in Brazil and in Minas Gerais State.

There are, behind this phenomenon or situation, a series of cultural, structural and cyclical factors.


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About the Author

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Minas Gerais, Brazil


Manuel Carvalho da Silva Neto
, MSc, Mech. Engineer and PMP is Fundação Dom Cabral Invited Professor and also Consultant. He is a seasoned professional with over 40 years of experience in Project Management, Process Management and Strategy. Manuel has managed or participated in more than three hundred huge projects across different fields including Steel, Mining, IT, Telecom, Food Processing, Government and Construction, to mention a few. He worked also in projects to implement PMO (Project Management Office) and Project Management Methodology. He has also strong skills in Leading People and Finance. He served as Minas Gerais State Undersecretary for Planning and Budget, from 2007 to 2008. Manuel is a part-time international correspondent for PM World Journal in Brazil.

Manuel can be contacted at [email protected].

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