Iran will provide all construction projects with the required cement in near future, a Ministry of Commerce official announced here on Tuesday.
The cement production was predicted to reach 42 million tons by the end of current Iranian year (March 19, 2008), Abbas Qolizadeh told MNA.
Given the 15 percent rise predicted for the cement production in the first half year, the sector witnessed only seven percent growth, he added.
The official said that the Economic Council accepted the Ministry of Commerce’s proposal according to which five main consumer ministries have to import the needed cement for the projects to ease the domestic market.
Ministries of energy, industries and mines, road and transportation, education, housing and urban development, and petroleum have the main projects in the country to which a large sum was earmarked for cement and steel supply, Qolizadeh elaborated.
He expressed hope that the sector will meet domestic need by increasing the output.
According to the envoy, a part of production has to be allotted for export to the neighboring countries.