Lafarge, Total sign cement deal

DEPUTY Minister of Commerce Trade and Industry Miles Sampa tries to switch on Awango solar powered lumps on Wednesday, while Total Zambia managing director (middle) Damien Ricour and his Lafarge counterpart Emmanuel Rigaux look on.

LAFARGE Zambia has signed an agreement with Total Zambia to have cement sold at all Total filling stations across the country to enhance service delivery.
Lafarge chief executive officer Emmanuel Rigaux said during the launch of the service on Wednesday that the initiative will improve proximity for the construction sector.
The cement will be sold in Lafarge-branded containers.
“A significant portion of construction sites are situated away from business centres. As a result the cement needs are not fully met by traditional retailers who are usually located in business districts, far from where the construction is taking place. The containers represent an innovative approach to extend our distribution network beyond traditional retailers,” Mr Rigaux said.
At the same event, Commerce, Trade and Industry Deputy Minister Miles Sampa said the initiative will help in clamping down middlemen involved in the supply of cement to the market.
“I am delighted that private companies are working in complementing Government’s efforts to serve the customers’ interests…I hope this will help reduce the price of the product,” Mr Sampa said.
He said the initiative will not only ease access to cement, but create jobs for people who will be manning the containers.
Earlier, Total managing director Damien Ricour said the company has always placed a strong emphasis on supporting the communities around the country.
Mr Ricour said the dual -branded convenience store will ensure a fresh modern layout and fulfil its joint goal to offer convenient shopping in a very conducive and safe environment.

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