A shortage of cement is expected to continue in Rwanda unit prices will remain high until regional manufacturers resume production at the end of April 2018, The East African has learnt
Domestic manufacturers say large infrastructure and real estate projects will place pressure on their capacity. The expected increase in demand and maintenance works at Cimerwa’s facility could lead to the company cutting supplies to distributors to supply the infrastructure projects.
“The maintenance of Cimerwa factory is expected to continue for the next three weeks,” chief executive of Cimerwa, Bheki Mthembu told this website.
It is expected upcoming projects like the Bugesera International Airport alone is estimated to consume 50,000tpa of cement.
To supply the additional demand, the country will import cement from Uganda, Tanzania and Asia. Rwanda imported 79,573t from Tanzania and 164,814t from Uganda last year, according to the Rwanda Revenue Authority (RRA).
However,Minister of Trade and Commerce Vincent Munyeshyaka has recently warned cement retailers and the general public that this shortage could not unstabilize the price of cement in Rwanda saying prices have to remain the same.
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