By Felix Andrew
MANAGEMENT of newly established Kilimanjaro cement Factory in Tanga region has requested the government of Tanzania to provide them with a ten years tax holiday that would enable run their activities more smoothly.
This was yesterday by the company official during a ceremony to launch the factory that was presided over by President Dr John Magufuli.
The company official said that the company is facing various challenges that need immediate response from the government.
“We have a bank loan our cement factory is new and there is stiff competition in the market, we ask the government to provide us with at least a ten years tax rebate that would make us survive,” he said.
He also asked the govern men t to intervene in importation of foreign cement which has been affecting the sales of product which is manufactured in Tanzania.
The official asked the government to look on possibilities of reducing unnecessary procedure in obtaining work permit for foreigners.
“Last time it took eight years to get such permit , I think it would be much better if the time to be shortened to at least 2 weeks ,” he suggested.
Regarding power blackout, he asked the government to make sure that it does not exist in their area of operations.
For his part, the Deputy Minister for Energy and Minerals, Medard Kalemani, said the government is aware of the power challenges the region is facing.
“We are taking measure to fight power challenges facing this factory and the region, the government will add more megawatt into nation grid, he said.
Tanzania produces around 7 million tonnes of cement a year, with demand seen growing at close to 10 per cent per annum, according to government estimates.
Cement consumption is viewed as a gauge of construction activity, one of the main drivers of economic growth in the country.
Kilimanjaro Cement Company symbolizes drive for self-resilience. Incorporated in 2014 by a group of Tanzanian entrepreneurs; who aspired to establish and build a leading cement company.