The Ministry of Finance of the Government of Argentina appointed in June 2017 Jose Morea, 33, a graduate of CMU’s Master of Science in Public Policy and Management (MSPPM) in Australia, to be the head of its newly established Public Private Partnership Unit. Jose was formerly Chief Strategy Officer of Central Puerto SA, the biggest independent power producer in Argentina.
In this new role, Jose has been tasked to lead the Ministry’s initiative to identify and prepare for tender up to US $5 billion worth of PPP projects this year, and to increase this figure dramatically in following years, as Argentina is facing a US $250 billion infrastructure deficit. He will be responsible for preparing these projects for submission and approval by the Argentina’s Congress. His assumption of this responsibility comes at a challenging time, given Argentina’s recent history of disputes with foreign investors during the previous administration.
The PPP Unit that Jose heads is mandated by the Public Private Partnership Law that was passed by Congress in November 2016, and signed by President Mauricio Macri in February 2017. It aims to strategically address gaps and decays in Argentina’s infrastructure, housing, services, productive investments, energy, transportation, applied research and technological innovation.
“It will require most of what I learnt during the experience at Carnegie Mellon,” Jose said, “as I build a team from scratch, hire professionals, identify potential projects, develop them jointly with all other Ministries, conduct the tenders, negotiate the contracts, present the results yearly to Congress… Quite challenging.” Asked about Jose’s recent appointment, Prof Emil Bolongaita, CMU-A Head, said that “Jose exemplifies the best of our MSPPM program…he is a consummate professional, analytical, strategic, and implementation-driven”.