Zambia falls short of cement as economy grows

Zambia falls short of cement as economy grows
Published: 18 December 2006

Zambia is experiencing a critical shortage of cement prompting traders to increase prices. 
In view of the shortage the government has allowed the private sector to import cement. 
Chilanga Cement, the major cement producer, in conjunction with its sister company has since entered into negotiations to bring cement to cover northeastern part of the country. 
Zambian Commerce, Trade and Industry permanent secretary David Chilipamushi said in a statement Thursday that to avert the problem, the government will ensure that affordable cement through increased production and investment. 
The minister said the increased demand has been caused by new economic activities being experienced in the mining industry as well as the buoyant growth of the economy at the average rate of 6 percent a year. 
Zambia can only produce 700,000tpa of cement