October 23, 2017 Print

CpR's project, "Mas Antenas" is designed to connect more Peruvians to telecommunication infrastructure through private investment.

Contribuyentes por Respeto (CpR), an Atlas Network partner based out of Lima, has a solution for Peru’s crumbling infrastructure system. Its project, “Infraestructura Para Todo” (“Infrastructure for all”), advocates replacing state-run infrastructure organizations with Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) that can provide more reliable services to the people of Peru more efficiently than the current system.

"The basis is clear: we represent the taxpayers and every single Peruvian who contribute to the public budget," says Jose Ignacio Beteta, executive director of CpR. "Their money should be used efficiently and effectively."

CpR diagnosed the issues inherent in many of the state-run infrastructure organizations and explored how free-market solutions can address these shortcomings. It then communicated the findings in a number of different mediums, including research papers and educational videos. Equipped with this information, CpR has worked to present its recommendations to the public, media, policy makers, government officials, and private companies. Through this initiative, CpR wants to unleash private investment on infrastructure that will foster economic growth and provide valuable services to many Peruvians in dire need of them.

A Quechua Indian, native to Peru, gracefully leaps over barriers to prosperity, including the heavy rains of El Nino Costero, Bureaucracy, Populism, and the huge corruption scandal in Brazil called Lava Jato. 

Under the umbrella of “Infraestructura Para Todo,” which works to improve all aspects of Peru’s infrastructure, CpR has had especially prominent success in advocating for reform in Peru’s telecommunication and water distribution systems.

Mas Antenas” (“More antennas”) is CpR’s project to enhance Peru’s telecommunication infrastructure. As a part of its outreach, CpR created a ranking system which listed the bureaucratic barriers to create cell towers in the different districts of Peru, making that information not only more accessible but also much more transparent. They have also created a “Cell Tower Committee,” which is made up of key actors within the mobile operator industry, infrastructure providers, and municipal authorities. This committee has created a common agenda through “Mas Antenas,” promoting the importance of this infrastructure for the economic development of Peru and for improving the daily lives of its citizens.

CpR displays how restrictive Peru's government is in all levels of the water distribution system.

There are nearly nine million Peruvians without consistent access to clean water. To emphasize the gravity of the situation, CpR created a video that portrays the harsh reality faced by Peruvians who don’t have secure access to drinking water, especially after the devastation caused by El Niño Costero. CpR then presented how private investment in these water systems would greatly improve their efficiency and help secure a reliable water source for those in desperate need of it. In response to CpR's efforts, the government enacted a law that allows private companies to invest in water reservoirs through PPPs.

“Infraestructura Para Todo” demonstrates how free-market approach to infrastructure can drastically improve societal well-being. Peru’s government-run organizations have failed their citizens, unable to provide the essential services and products they need to flourish. PPPs, enhanced with experience and investment from private companies, do a far greater job of serving the people than through state-run organizations.

CpR is a recipient of Atlas Network’s Leveraging Indices for Free Enterprise Policy Reform (LIFE) grant. The LIFE grant program provided grants to sixteen Atlas Network partners to conduct research, advocacy campaigns, and media campaigns to promote policy reforms that measurably move the needle in a specific prominent ranking or index, including the Ease of Doing Business Ranking by the World Bank Group, the Economic Freedom Index by the Heritage Foundation in partnership with the Wall Street Journal, and the Economic Freedom of the World Report by the Fraser Institute. The grant awarded $100,000 divided over the course of three years, dating back to 2015.