Cement Manufacturers in Ghana want government to take action against Dangote Cement and other cement companies who only engage in the importation of cheap and substandard cement into the country.
The members of the association have drawn government's attention to the unfair trading activities of these companies which are threatening the survival of local cement manufacturing in the country.
The association together with other local manufacturing companies petitioned the Minister for Trade and Industry to stop the dumping of cheap and substandard finished products into the country in order to save their businesses from collapsing.
The other groups include Aluworks, Steel Manufacturers Association of Ghana and Association of Biscuit Manufacturers.
The Cement Manufacturers informed Trade Minister Alan Kwadwo Kyeremanten that the activities of some Chinese companies in the country as well as Dangote Cement, which belongs to the renowned Nigerian Billionaire, Aliko Dangote, are creating problems for the sector.
They argued that these companies only import unwholesome cement from China into the Ghanaian market, when they (the locals) have adequate capacity to supply the country.
The Executive Secretary of the Cement and Steel Manufacturers Association, Dr. George Amoah, urged government to take action against these cement importers to protect indigenous businesses from running loses.
“The activities of these companies are having a toll on the local production of cement in the country, thereby making local production of the product uncompetitive,” he intimated.
On their part, the representative of the Steel Manufacturers, Akwesi Okuh is also asking government, if indeed, they think about the locals as they claim to sanction them accordingly.
The General Manager of Mass Industries, Adel Ashami, who spoke on behalf of Association of Biscuit Mnaufacturers indicated that government must begin to tax imported biscuits in order to keep the local manufacturers in business.