Cement consumption growth down in Kenya

Cement consumption growth down in Kenya

Kenya's cement consumption growth fell to 5.3 per cent in Q3 of 2016, according to figures from the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics. This is a fall from the 11 per cent consumption growth experienced in Q3 of 2015. The cement sector slowdown comes on the back of a contraction in construction sector growth, which grew by 9.3 per cent in 3Q16 from 15.6 per cent in 3Q15. According to the statistics bureau, this was 'partly on account of a considerable reduction in civil works of the standard gauge railway from Mombasa to Nairobi.'

The Mombasa-to-Nairobi line is the biggest infrastructure project in Kenya since independence, according to railway-technology.com, a news website covering the rail industry. The 609 km line will reduce travel time between the two cities from more than 10 hours to less than four.

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