LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)-Malawi is said to have enough base for cement production to meet local demand, says local producer.
The revelation comes amid the controversial importation saga which former Malawi President Peter Mutharika security aid Norman Chisale was involved into worthy MK5 billion.
In an exclusive interview with Aslam Gaffar, Cement Plant’s Managing Director, the producers of NJATI CEMENT disclosed that there is untapped cement base in Malawi.
Gaffar said that local cement producers want conducive environment with affordable tax base to produce more.
He observed that cement importation erodes forex reserves while denying local employment opportunities.
Gaffar added that there is no need for cement importation when local producers are able to meet the country’s demand.
Gaffar however said Covid-19 has not affected much of its production.
He disclosed that only shipping of chemicals for cement production has been slowed due to flight cancellation.
“Malawi has three local cement producers; Larfage, Shayona and my company that we surpass the country’s demand. Even our local cement are of quality standard with low prices compared to cement which is being imported. Therefore, there is no need for huge importation of the product if we are able to meet the local demand.
“Malawi has untapped cement base for more production.The cement industry just need conducive environment to operate for more production that will increase employment base among the youths,” assures Gaffar.
Chisale is facing the law alongside Indian Business man Shafee Ahmed Chunara behind a batch of cement worth MK5 billion that was imported duty free.