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Domestically produced cement can meet local demand

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Battambang Conch Cement Factory is a joint venture of local and Chinese investors. AKP

Cambodia can now produce about 8 million tonnes of cement per year. This volume can cover almost completely cater for the domestic demand from the booming construction sector.

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The update was provided by Yos Monirath, Director General of the General Department of Mineral Resources at the Ministry of Mines and Energy during a work progress update press conference held here in Phnom Penh.

The volume of the cement locally produced can save the Kingdom around $500 million every year.

The achievement presents remarkable progress since 2006 and 2007 wherein Cambodia completely imported cement from other countries.

To date, there are five cement manufacturers investing about $800 million in the industry in Cambodia, employing about 2,700 workers.

In addition to cement production, the country has authorised operators mining construction raw materials including sand and stone to feed the mushrooming construction sector. Lim Nary/AKP

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