Plan to curb cement imports, Tanzania

Plan to curb cement imports, Tanzania
Published: 13 April 2010

The Parliamentary Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs has promised to take action against an influx of cheaper cement imports. The committee’s vice chairman Hamza Mwenegoha said although local cement producers had invested heavily and provided jobs, they risked businesses due to cheap imports.

He was speaking during a tour of the committee at Twiga Cement factory, which is part of the HeidelbergCement group, in Dar es Salaam.

East African Community member states suspended taxes on imported cement to increase the supply and raise competition among producers.

The chairman of the Tanzania Chapter of the East African Cement Producers Association, Mr Mbuvi Ngunze, said the visit by MPs was timely because the region’s cement industry was facing problems.

Source: The Citizen