Hima Cement Limited has today signed a Memorandum of Understanding with China Communications Construction Company (CCCC) Limited to undertake three mega infrastructure projects in Uganda.
The MoU signed between the two parties is for the supply of cement for three projects: Entebbe International Airport Expansion, Mubende-Kakumiro-Kagadi (MKK) Road Construction Project and the Soroti-Moroto Road Upgrade Project.
In addition to supplying cement, the two parties will also partner in other areas like research and development and safety measures.
The deal will see Hima Cement 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.
Speaking at the signing ceremony that took place at Sheraton Hotel in Kampala, Allan Ssemakula, the commercial director Hima Cement, said that being part of the LafargeHolcim 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 LafargeHolcim 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.
Speaking at the same function, Mr. Joseph Zheng Biao, the Acting Country Manager CCCC Uganda, said that they choose Hima cement because they wanted to support the Buy Uganda Build Uganda (BUBU) initiative but also because Hima has the capability to supply high quality products.
“This agreement 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. It 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.