East Africa: call for regional cooperation to transform construction industry
Resulting from the rapid and sustainable economic growth as well as the ongoing fast urbanisation in Ethiopia, there is high demand for cement and concrete, Construction Minister Eng. Aisha Mohamed said.
Adressing the 2nd Annual East Africa Cement, Concrete and Energy Summit yesterday, Minister Eng. Aisha reiterated: “With the growth in our economy and the increase in urbanisation, there is a parallel need of cement and concert.”
“In Ethiopia, for most construction activities by the government and private developers there is currently no other material that can replace cement or concrete in terms of effectiveness, price, and performance,” she noted.
At the event, the i-Capital Africa Institute CEO and Assistant Prof. from the Addis Ababa University Technology Faculty Dr. Gemechu Waktola said the summit aimed at bringing together the construction and building materials manufacturers in the region.
For his part, Science and Technology State Minister, Prof. Afwork Kasu, said the continent at large, the region and Ethiopia in particular cannot acquire by themselves the desired knowledge, innovation and technology to improve the industry. He underlined the need for creating strong synergy among policy makers, industries, opinion leaders and institutions in the region.
Adama Science and Technology University President Dr. Lemi Guta said :”Ethiopia and the region are in the process of transforming the agriculture-led economy to an industrial one. Therefore, the construction industry plays an irreplaceable role and needs to be supported by innovative knowledge, research and technology.