Ghana Suspends New Cement Factory Construction to Ensure Sustainable Growth

The Ministry of Trade and Industry in Ghana has imposed a suspension on the construction of new factories for manufacturing and bagging Portland cement in the country, effective from September 13, 2023.

According to Mr. Kobina T. Hammond, the Minister of Trade and Industry, no permits will be granted or issued for the construction of new cement factories, and all processes related to obtaining such permits have been suspended until further notice. Regulatory institutions have been instructed to adhere to this directive.

Dr. George Dawson-Ahmoah, CEO of the Chamber of Cement Manufacturers, Ghana (COCMAG), welcomed this move, emphasizing that it aligns with the commitment to ensuring sustainable and responsible growth in Ghana’s cement industry. He noted that the Ministry of Trade and Industry, in collaboration with relevant stakeholders, is working on new regulations to enhance environmental, safety, technological, quality, and trade standards in the industry.

By implementing such measures and promoting responsible growth, the Ghanaian cement sector aims to contribute to the country’s development while minimizing its environmental and social impact. The suspension of new cement factory construction is seen as an interim measure to promote compliance with industry regulations and standards.

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