Cameroon cement shortage: an end insight

Cameroon cement shortage: an end insight
Published: 24 April 2008

The scarcity of cement currently being faced in Cameroon will soon be a thing of the past. The statement was made by one of the five cement importers in the country during interview by the CRTV.

Mr. Awanga Zachariah said some 12,500t of imported cement shall anchor at the Douala seaport in a few days, about a week later than the date earlier announced.

He said the first consignment will be followed by a periodic arrival of two ship loads of 12,500t (maximum capacity) per week.

Mr Awanga called on Cameroonians to be calm and patient for their demands will be met soon. He told reporters that the delay is as a result of poor communication network which resulted in the lack of some vital details.

Recent information from the manufacturing company in South Africa show that the corresponding banker made the necessary monetary transfers and the company has dispatched the first shipment of 12,500t.

When asked about allegations that the existing, Cameroon based, cement producing factory CIMENCAM hinders the importation process, he denied such allegations saying that CIMENCAM has reached its maximum production capacity of 1Mta while the actual demand of the building material has increase to about 5 times this value.