Ghana may place ban on cement imports, says Ahenkorah Featured

By Business Desk January 29, 2020 1930 27 comments
Carlos Ahenkorah, Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry Carlos Ahenkorah, Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry

Carlos Ahenkorah, Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry in charge of trade, has dropped hints that the government intends to ban importation of cement temporarily to boost local manufacturers.

If local manufacturers can ensure fair pricing and cease making frequent price increases, this can fast-track implementation of the plan, he said.

Ghana currently has four locally made brands of cement but others are still being imported.

“I would like to also mention that we have tried very hard not to allow any cement importation into Ghana, and that is going to be the case for a very long time to come, except and only except if you the cement manufacturing companies decide to turn yourselves into cartels,” he said.

Road-building

Speaking at the 2019 Customer Awards Dinner of CIMAF Cement, Mr Ahenkorah encouraged the Ministry of Roads and Highway to rely largely on Ghanaian-made cement for building major roads in the country.

“I was hoping that my Minister for Roads would have been here because I want to find out why we as a country have not tried to use cement for our roads for once and see how it plays out. There are cases where we tar our roads and after three years they are washed off.

“Ghana is the only country where I see rainwater being able to dissolve coal tar. I have not seen [that] anywhere [else] in my life. But I think if we decide to change the modus operandi and try using cement as the base for our roads, somebody should do the comparison, somebody should do the costing,” he said.

Quality

In his contribution, the director of sales and marketing for CIMAF Cement, Joseph Kobina Aboo, expressed optimism that 2020 will be a good year for business.

“This year is an election year and, as we see always, there is hope that many projects will come up.

“That means we are hopeful for a good year in business. We will entreat you not to compromise on quality,” he said.

Diversified offer

CIMAF also marked its third anniversary at the awards dinner and reiterated its commitment to providing genuine products for the Ghanaian market.

As an organisation which aspires to be a recognised operator in the cement business, CIMAF Ghana has run strategically in Ghana for the past three years, diversifying its offer and enhancing the country’s industrial fabric. It produces, markets and develops materials and services for the construction sector in general.

The awards were in the categories of promising distributor (Daavi Bless Enterprise), regional distributor (Estaarion Ventures) and national distributor (Fullness Cement). The prizes for best national performance and loyalty to customers went to Nana K Gyasi Company Ltd and K Ofori Enterprise.

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