The Jordanian government recently approved a decision to grant licences to new cement factories on condition that their output is for export only.
Minister of Industry and Trade Hani Mulki told The Jordan Times that new factories which wish to invest in the country should provide the government with guarantees not to sell their products in the local market.
However, the Mulki noted that the new decision will be reconsidered at the beginning of 2012 after studying the local market needs. If construction activities pick up and the government finds there is a need to provide the local market with cement, these new factories will be allowed to do so.
On November 7, 2010, the Cabinet decided not to issue licences for establishing new cement factories and not to allow expansion at already operating plants.