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Currently, Ethiopia is facing cement shortage which is affecting the construction industry as price of cement has skyrocketed in the nation.
Last week, The Government invited the private sector to address cement shortage as the Ministry Trade and Industry prepared a new guideline to introduce the private sector to the supply chain.
Now, the Ministry has announced that 320 million quintals of cement will be imported in the 2013 Ethiopian fiscal year in addition to domestic production to alleviate the shortage of cement.
According to the Ministry, the directive was prepared in order to enable cement factories to produce at their full potential and to connect those engaged in the sector from the manufacturer and importer to the retail business, the supply and distribution are being monitored and used.
Speaking to the media, Director of Communication Affairs at the Ministry, Wondimu Flate said a number of remedial measures have been taken but the problem is still not fully resolved.
He noted that the cement importers must obtain construction materials, steel, non-ferrous and screed importers and import should be PPC and OPC42.5. While also stating that the 320 million quintals of cement will be imported into the local market in addition to the local producers.
Source: Ethiopian Herald