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Haiti’s president visits site of new grinding plant

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Haiti’s President Jovenel Moïse recently visited the site of a new cement grinding plant. The visit also included a ceremony to lay the foundation stone of the extension works to the Lafito Industrial Free Zone in which the new plant is being built.

The grinding plant is being built by Citadelle, a partnership between Colacem subsidiary, Domicem, and Haiti-based conglomerate, GB Group. The first phase of construction has been completed, including packing system, four steel silos for the storage of bulk cement, an extraction system for bulk cargo, and a bagged product warehouse.

The final phase of construction will be completed in time to bring the grinding plant into operation in early 2018. The plant will have a capacity of 0.5 million tpy.

President Moïse was accompanied by Pierre Marie Du Meny, Minister of Trade and Industry, and the President of the Senate, Youri Latortue. The president also provided assurances that the Haitian government would work to tackle the issue of illegal cement imports.

Illegal imports are “destabilising and detrimental to the market, which have to be eliminated to protect investments like Citadelle,” Colacem said in a press release.

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