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Cement shortage could affect World Cup

Cement shortages are holding up construction in some Caribbean countries, including projects related to match sites for the 2007 World Cup.

india Updated: Mar 26, 2006 14:04 IST

Cement shortages are holding up construction in some Caribbean countries, including projects related to match sites for the 2007 cricket World Cup, officials said on Saturday.

Guyana need at least 20,000 tons of cement to ease the shortfall, which has delayed repairs to schools, government buildings, roads and housing developments, Industry Minister Manzoor Nadir said.

Although the country will soon receive 5,000 tons of cement from Colombia, Nadir said that shipment had already been sold.

"Huge construction projects in the hemisphere and around the world mean that this problem might be with us for the next 18 months," Nadir said. "The situation is serious."

Trinidad Cement Limited, the main supplier of cement for Guyana and most of the Caribbean, has been slow in responding to demand from Trinidad's construction boom and for the World Cup, said Michelle Langton, company spokeswoman.

The company was building a delivery terminal in Guyana to help ease the shortage, Langton said.

First Published: Mar 26, 2006 14:04 IST