Mozambique: Cimentos de Mocambique has denied increased the price of its cement products. At a press conference in Nampula Jorge Reis, the managing director of Cimentos de Mocambique, said that his company had nothing to do with the ‘sharp’ increases in the price of cement charged by retailers, according to the Mozambique News Agency. Reis said that the cement producer had not raised its prices since late 2016. He added that the company’s Nacala plant had been affected by an irregular electricity supply. It is currently negotiating with its electricity supplier to improve its service. Retailers have blamed the price hike on an alleged shortage of cement and difficulties in acquiring it from cement plants.
The Provincial Director of Trade and Industry, Norberto Narciso, said that information from Cimentos de Mocambique would be distributed to businesses in Nampula and in the neighbouring province of Niassa, which also acquires cement from Nacala. He also promised that the government’s National Inspectorate of Economic Activities would check the retail price of cement to see whether the retailers are respecting the ‘recommended profit margins’.