Location: Dusit Thani LakeView Cairo
Dates: 17/09/18 - to - 19/09/18

Current Registration Price €1075, £945, $1290
Registration Full Price €1235, £1085, $1480


  • Event Description
  • Provisional Programme
  • Location and Hotel
This September - The world’s leading independent cement industry conference will return to Cairo...

The continent of Africa

for a special meeting, INTERCEM: Cairo to Cape Town - the Challenge of Change. Looking at the cement sector across Egypt and Continental Africa, the conference will address the shared issues cement producers and traders are facing, particularly in relation to increased competition, and the rapid, widespread growth in domestic production

In the last year, the Egyptian industry has seen huge capacity expansions coming online, leading many local players to embark on an accelerated push toward a new export scenario. With a reduction in the value of the Egyptian pound by almost 50% against the dollar, and with the Egyptian government committing to assisting domestic companies to compete internationally, Egypt's re-emergence as a leading international exporter of cement and clinker is set to continue apace. As such, it is important for both regional and international stakeholders to factor the new paradigm into their forecasts and business planning. This meeting will bring attendees the latest insight and analysis from across the Egyptian cement industry to assist producers, traders, and importers, as they consider the impact of the Egyptian export boom on their business and development plans.

Leading experts

Leading experts will also look in detail at some of the key markets across Africa that have become focal points for the international cement trade at the same time as many of them are witnessing a rapid growth in their own domestic capacity. Throughout the conference, delegates will assess what this means for the continued development of the sector across the continent.

But it’s not all just about trading! INTERCEM will also look at other strategies for remaining competitive in an overcapacity scenario, including updates some of the ground-breaking work that the Egyptian industry is undertaking to reduce fuel costs, as well as cut carbon emissions across the country. We will also address the role of the cement industry in Africa’s economic and social development and the financing of new cement projects across the continent.

Men laying cement
INTERCEM Cairo to Cape Town Logo

INTERCEM: Cairo to Cape Town - The Challenge of Change
Dusit Thani Lake View Cairo
17th – 19th September 2018

Provisional Programme


Monday 17th September

17.30 Delegate Check In
19.00 Welcome Reception

Tuesday 18th September

09.30 Opening Ceremony and Ministerial Address

Coffee and Official Opening of the Conference Exhibition

The Egyptian cement industry, current status and future prospects

Egypt’s emerging role in Africa’s future

Prospects for cement demand in North Africa’s major markets


Panel Session - Capacity expansions, competition and clinker imports, challenges common across the African Continent
Including forecasts for:
-East Africa
-West Africa
-South Africa

Case Study – establishing a pan-African cement presence

Coffee Break

Global cement outlook, current situation and future trends

Trading opportunities for cement exporters… are there any, if so, where are they?

Cement shipping outlook

17.45 Networking Reception

20.00 Gala Dinner

Wednesday 19th September

09.30 Technical Forum - Using technology to make the cement industry a partner in making Africa “greener”

Financing projects across Africa, the opportunities and pitfalls

Coffee Break

Panel Session - Towards a low carbon, sustainable cement industry, a roadmap for Egypt and Sub-Saharan Africa

LC3: a breakthrough for the cement industry

Coffee Break

Panel Session - Energy. The growing importance of securing sustainable and reliable supply for the efficient production of cement and related materials against a backdrop of increasing regulation to protect the environment.

Closing Panel Discussion - Final panel session to discuss topics of general interest and pull together the conclusions and recommendations

15.00 LUNCH and Close of Sessions




Cairo - our conference destination

Pyramids in Cairo

Cairo is chaos at its most magnificent, infuriating and beautiful. From above, the distorted roar of the muezzins' call to prayer echoes out from duelling minarets. Below, car horns bellow tuneless symphonies amid avenues of faded 19th-century grandeur while donkey carts rattle down dusty lanes lined with colossal Fatimid and Mamluk monuments.

This mega-city's constant buzz and noise is a product of its 22-or-so million inhabitants simultaneously crushing Cairo's infrastructure under their collective weight and lifting its spirits up with their exceptional humour. Your nerves will jangle, your snot will run black from the smog and touts will hound you at every turn, but it's a small price to pay to tap into the energy of the place Egyptians call Umm Ad Dunya – the Mother of the World.

Blow your nose, crack a joke and look through the dirt to see the city's true colours. If you love Cairo, it will definitely love you back.

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Dusit Thani LakeView Cairo is an oasis of greenery and lakes in the heart of New Cairo, a newly developed satellite city in the Egyptian capital. Infused with traditional Thai design and offering genuine Thai hospitality, Dusit Thani brings a taste of Thailand to the centre of Egypt.

This 5-star hotel is strategically located in New Cairo’s Fifth Settlement, only 20 minutes from Cairo International Airport and in close proximity to the main roads that lead to Cairo’s major attractions, including the Pyramids, Sphinx, Citadel and Egyptian Museum.

At Dusit Thani, guests are welcomed by the largest rooms and suites in greater Cairo, three outdoor swimming pools, a Jacuzzi, a well-equipped fitness centre and an array of fine dining options spanning a world of tastes and flavours.

For those looking to unwind, head to Devarana Spa adjacent to Dusit Thani, featuring contemporary Thai design and décor, where guests can soothe their bodies and minds with signature treatments that fuse East and West.

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