The Ministry of Trade and Industry has recently made an important move in the cement production sector. Starting from the 13th of September, 2023, the establishment of new factories specifically for the production and packaging of portland cement has been put on hold. This decision was communicated through a directive issued by the Minister of Trade and Industry, Mr Kobina T. Hammond.
According to Mr Hammond, no further permissions will be granted for the construction of new cement factories. In fact, all processes leading up to the issuance of such permits have been indefinitely suspended. He called upon all regulatory bodies to take immediate note of this directive and ensure its strict enforcement.
In a twist of events, this decision by the Ministry has been met with approval from the Chamber of Cement Manufacturers, Ghana (COCMAG). The CEO of COCMAG, Dr George Dawson-Ahmoah, in a conversation with the Ghana News Agency, praised the Ministry’s directive. He stated that this decision is a clear indication of the commitment to ensure the responsible and sustainable growth of Ghana’s cement industry.
Dr Dawson-Ahmoah went on to reveal that the Ministry of Trade and Industry, in collaboration with the Ghana Standards Authority, COCMAG, and other stakeholders, are currently working on formulating new regulations. These regulations are designed to enhance the environmental and safety standards of the industry, encourage technological advancements, uphold quality standards, and to put an end to general unfair trade practices.
He emphasized that by developing these strategies and fostering a culture of responsible and sustainable growth, the cement industry in Ghana can significantly contribute to the development of the nation while minimizing its environmental and social impact.
In conclusion, Dr Dawson-Ahmoah stated that the directive serves as a temporary measure to ensure compliance with industry regulations. He added that this move has been highly appreciated by the Chamber of Cement Manufacturers’ Association, even though it was long overdue.
SOURCE: Ghana News Agency