Industry minister inaugurates cement conference, exhibition

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AMMAN — Deputizing for His Majesty King Abdullah, Minister of Industry, Trade and Supply Youssef Al-Shamali on Tuesday inaugurated the 25th Arab International Cement Conference and Exhibition (AICCE25), according to the Jordan News Agency, Petra.اضافة اعلان

Speaking at the conference, Shamali stressed the importance of the AICCE25, which serves as a showcase for the advancements made by the Arab cement industry as well as its competitiveness on the world market, he said.

The conference was organized by the Council of Arab Economic Unity, the Council of Arab Ministers of Housing and Construction, and the Arab Union for Cement and Building Materials (AUCBM).

The meeting also tackled other issues such as alternative fuels, alternative raw materials, energy saving and carbon emissions reduction.

Shamali asserted that discussing such topics demonstrates a trend among companies to comply with environmental requirements, and leverage modern manufacturing technologies.

He emphasized the significance of the participation of a group of Arab academics and specialists in these fields.

He said the cement industry is constantly evolving in terms of production inputs, design and manufacturing methods, noting that conferences allow experts to exchange information and expertise, large-sized enterprises to introduce new technology to small-sized enterprises, and contractors and manufacturers to network.

On investments in the industry, the minister said that Jordan has about five factories with a total estimated investment of JD2 billion, and a production capacity of about 11 million tonnes annually.

Hosting the AICCE25 for this year is part of the Jordanian government’s commitment to supporting and developing quality industries in the various fields, and encouraging partnerships between the public and private sectors to leverage available opportunities and keep pace with changes and economic and administrative development, he added.

AUCBM Chairman Prince Nayef bin Sultan Al Kabeer said that the Arab cement industry saw major development over the past few decades, with the production capacity of cement factories reaching more than 390 million tonnes annually.

He said that although the consumption of cement has been affected over the past two years following internal conflicts in some Arab countries, and the shutdown of some factories due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the cement industry began to gradually bounce back.

On other construction materials, Prince Nayef pointed out that most Arab countries import them.

On the environmental efforts of the union, he underlined that the AUCBM took part in drawing up the World Business Council for Sustainable Development’s 2050 roadmap to address carbon emissions, preserve the environment, and keep the cement industry going.

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