Djiboutian President Ismail Omar Guelleh on Saturday (February 9th) presided over the official opening of a cement plant at Ali Sabieh, Djibouti's La Nation reported.
Guelleh praised the success of the project, which has been under construction for nine years, part of broader efforts to develop Djibouti's economy. The project was funded with a 6-billion franc ($34 million) loan from the Indian government.
Cement from the plant will be used in several planned construction projects, including a new railway line and a water pipeline to Djibouti from Hadagala in Ethiopia.
The plant will produce 220 tonnes of cement daily, reaching 650 tonnes daily by next summer, according to Minister of Economy and Finance Ilyas Moussa Dawaleh.