Cement production is becoming an important manufacturing activity that would contribute immensely to Tanzania’s economic growth, in terms of exports and job creation.
The cement industry has of late seen more key players coming in, the move that would lead to increased production to make the country the largest cement producer in Africa. Locally, the situation will stir up competition that would force prices to decline, to benefit the local consumption thus becoming an important incentive in encouraging construction activities.
Prime Minister, Mizengo Pinda, said the cement industry has positive prospects to become the largest contributor of revenue to the government as well as job creation.
Pinda said there are five cement mill construction projects in Arusha, Tanga, Lindi and Mtwara regions to make a total of nine cement projects which will make Tanzania the largest cement producer on the continent.
To ensure Tanzania exploits fully the potential in the cement industry, the government will act strongly to curb importation of ‘cheap’ cement.
By Sebastian Mrindoko