Cement manufacturers warned to adhere to fair trading practices to protect industry

Dr. George Dawson-Ahmoah, Executive Secretary of COCMAG

The Chamber of Cement Manufacturers of Ghana (COCMAG) has warned cement manufacturers and producers in the country to adhere to fair trading practices to promote the cement industry.

With intense competition within the cement industry, COCMAG stressed the importance of maintaining integrity rather than unfair competition and unfair business practices.

According to the Chamber, the quality of cement must meet standards to protect the integrity of the country’s buildings and infrastructure.

COCMAG Executive Secretary, Dr. George Dawson-Ahmoah, who issued the statement on behalf of the Chamber, noted that the cement industry is a strategic industry in the economy, its visibility and its protection against business practices. unfair will always be defended.

“Given its sensitivity and strategic nature, the Chamber has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MOTI) on addressing critical issues regarding local cement production and we fully support the decision of the Minister of Commerce and Industry to propose a regulatory regime to govern the cement industry in Ghana.

The Chamber is committed to promoting and maintaining a positive image and reputation for the cement industry in Ghana, the statement said.

Dr. Dawson-Ahmoah pledged that in an effort to clean up and establish fairness in the cement industry to create healthy competition among members of the industry, the Chamber will not associate itself with certain abusive business practices.

“Compromise quality for survival (production of substandard cement), Supply of bulk cement products in underweight bag, Violation of environmental protection issues in ports and factories, Non-compliance with standards incoming and outgoing road safety, pollution, axle load, tax evasion in any form (VAT, withholding tax, corporation tax, etc.), marketing/sales activities contrary to the ethical and compromising the health and safety principles to which the cement industry must adhere. »

Reverend Dawson-Ahmoah assured the COCMAG members of the continued support of the Chamber to ensure their proper growth and capacity building and as such urged them not to hesitate to contact the Secretariat for any issues hindering their working.

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