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Lafarge in cement deal with Chinese construction firm

Caption: CCCC Acting Country Director Joseph Zheng Biao (L) exchange MoU with Hima Cement Commercial Director, Allan Ssemakula, at Kampala Sheraton Hotel on July 12. Looking on is Hima Cement official Stephane Nicoude.

Kampala, Uganda | ISAAC KHISA | Lafarge’s subsidiary in Uganda, Hima Cement, will provide raw materials for the ongoing infrastructure projects being undertaken by China Communications Construction Company Limited in the country under a new trade deal.

Allan Ssemakula, the commercial director at Hima Cement said the firm will supply cement for the ongoing Entebbe International Airport expansion, construction of Mubende-Kakumiro-Kagadi Road as well as upgrading of Soroti – Moroto Road.

The firm will supply 30,000 tonnes of cement to the Entebbe Airport expansion project for a period of five years, 60,000 tonnes for the Mubende-Kakumiro-Kagadi road and 30,000 tonnes for the Soroti-Moroto road project for a period of three years.

“Hima Cement also clients benefit from the technical expertise and product innovation that are the hallmark of LafargeHolcim Group. This Memorandum of Understanding is testament to our diverse product offerings and also avails solutions that fit the unique needs of our clients,” he said in Kampala on July 12.

He also disclosed that the MoU paves way for further collaboration between Hima Cement and CCCC on future infrastructure development undertakings in the country.

This is the second time that Hima is partnering with CCCC in the ongoing mega infrastructural projects. In 2013, the company partnered with CCCC for the construction of Kampala-Entebbe Expressway.

CCCC Uganda acting manager, Joseph Zheng Biao, said the firm’s collaboration with LafargeHolcim at a global level gave them the confidence that Hima Cement was the perfect local contractor to engage.

“For our projects, we ensure to source these from local suppliers in line and support of government’s effort of Buy Uganda, Build Uganda. Therefore, this MOU reaffirms CCCC’s commitment to local content which is a catalyst to job creation, better income and standards of living for citizens,” he said.

Hima has in the past years supplied cement to various infrastructure projects in the country including Bujagali Hydro Power Project, Mandela stadium and the new Jinja Nile Bridge.

Started in Uganda in 1998, Hima Cement Ltd, a subsidiary of the French-based firm LafargeHolcim produces 850,000 tonnes per year, serving Uganda, Rwanda, Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo and the South Sudan markets.

 

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