Cement imports seen ending local market shortage soon, Jordan

Cement imports seen ending local market shortage soon, Jordan
Published: 26 May 2009

Dirar Sarayreh, president of Jordan Construction Contractors Association (JCCA), on Saturday valued a decision by the government to allow cement imports.

“The market still suffers from shortage of cement, but we believe that by opening the doors for importing this basic commodity from Saudi Arabia will end the crisis soon,” he said.

In a press release issued Saturday, Industry and Trade Minister Amer Hadidi indicated that the ministry has taken necessary steps to supply local market with sufficient quantities of cement to offset the acute increase in demand.

Several JCCA statements protested the cement shortage and the resulting increase in prices. But Jordan Lafarge Cement Company, the sole manufacturer of cement, in the Kingdom, blamed “exceptional increase in demand and the black market” for the crisis denying any reductions in the production.