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Presidency: a conciliation meeting for the relaunch of the National Cement Works

Kinshasa, January 12th, 2023 (CPA).- The revival of the Cimenterie nationale (CINAT) was the subject of a conciliation meeting held at the Presidency of the Democratic Republic of Congo around trade unionists, provincial deputies from Kongo central and partners of this company, learned Thursday the CPA of the office of the Head of State.

“The conflict situation currently prevailing at the “Cimenterie Nationale” was at the center of a meeting chaired by the Deputy Chief of Staff to the Head of State in charge of economic and financial issues, André Wameso. Provincial deputies from central Kongo, trade unionists and partners reviewed all aspects related to the revival of this public company,” the source said.

« After twelve years of cessation of work at CINAT, a farm-out contract had been signed between the Congolese State, via the Ministry of Portfolio, with the technical assistance of the Ministries of Industry, Mines, and Indian firm, « Diamond Cement », with a view to relaunching activities, « said the same source.

« This new contract, which nevertheless has advantages, particularly on the technical and social levels, was the basis of a conflict of interest between the management committee of the « Commission for Rural Development » (CODER) and the population. of Kimpese through their elected representatives at the Provincial Assembly of Kongo Central », she reveals.

Crisis resolution proposal

During this meeting, it was a question, for all the stakeholders, of formulating together a proposal to end the crisis, so that the production of the CINAT, stopped for more than ten years, can benefit from a new breath.

André Wameso listened to the grievances of each other, in an attempt to resolve this problem and to speed up the process of relaunching CINAT, urging them to get to work, in order to present concrete proposals allowing this former flagship of the Congolese economy to experience a new lease of life.

For the commission of the provincial assembly of Central Kongo, validly represented at this meeting and which thanked the Head of State for his personal involvement in this file, the reform of this enterprise is more than imperative, while the president of the CODER, Eugène Diomi Ndongala, for his part, was delighted with « the outcome of this confusion which reigned for a long time, preventing the CINAT from taking off again ». The union delegation, for its part, recognized that the relaunch of this gray cement production plant is “a real breath of fresh air which will be able to relieve many agents who have been unpaid for more than 120 months”.

Built in 1974 by Marshal Mobutu, the CINAT stopped its cement production in 2001, we recall.

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