By ABCafrica reporter
Hima Cement Limited and China Communications Construction Company (CCCC) Limited signed a Memorandum of Understanding to undertake three mega infrastructure projects in Uganda.
Speaking at a press briefing convened to announce the development last week, Allan Ssemakula, the Commercial Director, Hima Cement said that being part of the Lafarge Holcim Group; gives the cement maker the competence and technical capacity needed to undertake infrastructure projects of any nature.
“Hima Cement clients benefit from the technical expertise and product innovation that are the hallmark of Lafarge Holcim Group. This MoU is testament to our diverse product offerings and also avails solutions that fit the unique needs of our clients,” he explained.
Ssemakula also disclosed that the MoU paves way for further collaboration between Hima Cement and CCCC on future infrastructure development undertakings in the country.
“Hima Cement and CCCC established this partnership way back in 2013 and we have been the only cement supplier for the Kampala-Entebbe Expressway a project being undertaken by CCCC. We look forward to partnering in upcoming CCCC projects in Uganda, not only in the product segment, but also in Research and Development as well as Health and Safety aspects,” he added.
The MoU signed between the parties is for the supply of cement for these projects; Entebbe International Airport Expansion, Mubende-Kakumiro-Kagadi (MKK) Road Construction Project and the Soroti – Moroto Road Upgrade Project.
As per the MoU, Hima Cement will supply 30,000 tons of cement to the Entebbe Airport expansion project for five years, 60,000 (3 years) and 30,000 (3 years) for the MKK and Soroti-Moroto Road Projects respectively.
The upgrade and expansion of Entebbe International Airport is a design and build project to be implemented in a phased approach under which Phase 1 will be implemented over a five Year period.
The Mubende-Kakumiro-Kagadi (MKK) road project is a construction venture estimated to last at least three years with works already on-going.
Mr. Joseph Zheng Biao, the Acting Country Manager, CCCC Uganda, told journalists that CCCC’s collaboration with Lafarge Holcim at a global level gave them the confidence that Hima Cement was the perfect local contractor to engage.
“Today, CCCC is delighted to sign a memorandum of understating with Hima Cement, because it not only formalizes the positive working relationship that we have enjoyed over the years but also strengthens our local content agenda in this beautiful country. The agreement we are signing today, will enhance our collaborative partnership and will enable Hima Cement to supply key CCCC projects with up to around 120,000 tonnes of Cement,” Biao said.