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Why This New Chinese Cement Factory in Tanzania is So Important

Groundbreaking ceremony for the Huaxin Maweni factory in Tanzania. Image via the Chinese embassy in Tanzania.

Chinese cement major Huaxin broke ground this week on a new factory in Tanzania that is likely being seen as an important milestone for Chinese construction engagement in Africa.

African stakeholders have long been frustrated that Chinese contractors import a lot of the construction materials, specifically cement, for infrastructure projects, rather than buying from local suppliers.

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