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The government is moving to address the shortage of cement in the market through the importation of 64,000 tonnes of the product from Cuba.
Information Minister, Senator Colin Campbell, told journalists at yesterday’s (April 11) post-Cabinet press briefing at Jamaica House, that the government, through the Jamaica Bauxite Institute (JBI), would be finalising an agreement with the government of Cuba this week, for the imports.
The imports should arrive in three tranches, with shipments to the island expected to begin within three weeks.
In addition, he informed that the Ministry of Finance and Planning has approved some 150,000 tonnes of commercial imports and the first shipment was expected in Jamaica next week.
Meanwhile, Senator Campbell said that Industry, Commerce, Science and Technology Minister, Phillip Paulwell had reported to Cabinet that, “the cement supply situation was steadily improving even though there is still some level of shortage in the market.”
He informed that work had restarted on major government projects including the bus transportation centre in Half-Way-Tree and the two stadiums for next year’s Cricket World Cup, while Carib Cement’s daily production of approximately 3,000 tonnes of cement had returned to normal under the supervision of the Bureau of Standards.
The company has also imported some 20,000 tonnes of cement for distribution.
Recently, Carib Cement recalled 500 tonnes of faulty cement that had reached the market, resulting in a shortage of supplies for major projects.

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