Yes, there is a project! (Project Management Update from Belo Horizonte)


Project Management Report from Minas Gerais

By Manuel Carvalho da Silva Neto

International Correspondent

Minas Gerais, Brazil



Yes, I admit. My last reports are so pessimistic. Things, actually, are getting worse in Minas Gerais and Brazil.

But there is an important and major project that is underway in Minas Gerais.

The Confins International Airport (see photo) was object of concession to state owned Infraero and a joint venture formed by two private companies (a Brazilian and a Swiss).

In the concession agreement there is an obligation to invest to implement a new terminal, with 17 boarding bridges and expand yards and runways, all this until April 2016.

The budget for this is R$700 million, something like US$200 million (because the recent real devaluation).

Unfortunately there will be delays because the required environmental permits have not been issued due to a long strike by agency officials responsible and the traditional slowness of the authorities in these matters.

It is curious to note that in a country which technically is in recession, having had its third consecutive quarter with negative growth, Brazilian airlines transported never so many people as in the first half of 2015. So, airports are having a huge demand also.


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About the Author


pmwj33-Apr2015-Neto-PHOTOManuel Carvalho da Silva Neto

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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