The third East African Cement, Concrete and Energy Annual Summit was recently held in Addis Ababa under the theme “Sustainable cement, and concrete investment in East Africa.” The major objective of the summit was to assess the current state of the sector and look into possible ways to improve its regional economic contribution.

The first and second summits were organized under themes “Strategic cooperation among cement, concrete and energy industry: Agendas for action” and “Investing in East Africa’s Future: Exploring cement, concrete and energy potentials” respectively.

The third summit was specifically designed as an annual knowledge sharing platform and provides opportunity to seek and share knowledge with business leaders, policy makers, academia, technology suppliers, and researchers in the sector.

The third annual summit also encompasses many sub-themes and the discussions mainly focused on impact of foreign currency shortage on cement, concrete and energy investment, environment, corporate social responsibility and business ethics in cement and construction sectors. alternative energy management and cost reduction, policy and regulatory challenges of cement and alternative energy investment, steel prices hike and its impact on cement and construction sectors, human capital productivity and talent development in cement and concrete sectors, advanced technologies for cement and concrete manufacturing, challenges of innovation in cement and concrete sectors, and quality and standards for cement, concrete and energy as well as potential and new opportunities investment.