Public service provision (PPS) contracts have been crucial for the development of public infrastructure in Mexico's federal district (DF), according to the city government's public works head, Fernando Aboitiz.
PPS contracts allow the government to quickly obtain funding for projects, and also to ensure the long-term maintenance of important infrastructure, the DF government said in a release.
Aboitiz highlighted line 3 of the city's Metrobus system, which is currently being built by local cement firm Cemex, as a successful example of a project carried out through a PPS contract. The project is due to be finished almost four months ahead of schedule, the official said.
Concessions have also been important for infrastructure development in Mexico City, Aboitiz said, adding that the DF government plans to build 25km of elevated highways under this model during the administration of mayor Marcelo Ebrard, which ends in 2012.
The DF public works head was speaking at the first Iberoamerican congress on public-private partnerships for infrastructure development in Mexico, held at the Tecnologico de Monterrey university.