: Lafarge http://www.lafarge.com.eg Lafarge, building better cities. @: Lafarge 2018 @: Lafarge 2018 : Lafarge /wps/themes/html/CommonFiles_eg/img/logo_lafarge_en_int.gif /wps/portal/eg : Lafarge Students from Five Universities Participate in LafargeHolcim International Competition for Engineering Designs http://get.xiti.com/url.xiti?www.lafarge.com.eg/wps/portal/eg/en/7_2-PressRelease?WCM_GLOBAL_CONTEXT=/wps/wcm/connectlib_eg/Site_eg/AllPR/PressRelease_1508335601300/PR_EN#782031035&amp;amp;xts=448029&amp;xtor=RSS-10 <p>&nbsp;</p> <p align="center"><strong>March 21, 2017, Decided as the Due Date for Entries in LafargeHolcim Competition for Comprehensive Urban Communities</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Cairo on 10 March 2017</strong>: Lafarge Egypt announced its cooperation with engineering faculties in five Egyptian universities inviting them to participate in a two-million dollars international competition organized by LafargeHolcim Foundation every three years. The competition will choose the best innovative engineering designs that achieve sustainable development.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p><p style="text-align: justify;" dir="LTR">Lafarge Egypt cooperated with Cairo, Ain Shams, Suez Canal, and Alexandria Universities as well as the Arab Academy for Science, Technology, and Maritime Transport. Out of these universities' belief in the importance of its students' participation in international competitions to gain more experience and contribute to developing the society in a sustainable way, these faculties will advertise LafargeHolcim's competition and urge their students and graduates to take part by presenting their projects before the due date on March 21<sup>st</sup>, 2017.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;" dir="LTR">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;" dir="LTR">Mansi expressed his optimism with the positive results this step could achieve to both the students who will find a way to present their future projects and designs, as well as universities which will participate in such an important international competition in developing means of sustainable development.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;" dir="LTR">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;" dir="LTR">Mansi said, "We requested engineering students in Egyptian universities to submit their designs which serve these goals and that comply with conditions of the competition."He added that Lafarge resorted to university students to benefit from new mentalities and grant them an excellent opportunity to demonstrate their ideas before the competition's juries that include renowned experts and specialists in sustainable development globally.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;" dir="LTR">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;" dir="LTR">For his part, Dr. Al-Sayed Tag El-Din, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, Cairo University, expressed his pleasure with choosing Cairo University's Faculty of Engineering to participate in LafargeHolcim competition, which is regarded as the largest competition of its kind in the Middle East. This selection reflects Lafarge's interest and confidence in the capabilities and competence of Egyptian universities, according to her. Tag El-Din pointed out that the competition is an important opportunity to present projects tackling societies' actual needs for sustainable development, showcase students' innovations, and create a spirit of competitiveness and cooperation among a large number of students and researchers worldwide.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;" dir="LTR">The faculty dean stressed that the competition complies with Cairo University's strategy, which depends on offering various forms of support to students to reveal their capacities, particularly those of the Faculty of Engineering in order to be in keeping with the most recent in such a vital field.&nbsp; &nbsp;</p> Wed, 18 Oct 2017 15:35:09 GMT http://get.xiti.com/url.xiti?www.lafarge.com.eg/wps/portal/eg/en/7_2-PressRelease?WCM_GLOBAL_CONTEXT=/wps/wcm/connectlib_eg/Site_eg/AllPR/PressRelease_1508335601300/PR_EN#782031035&amp;amp;xts=448029&amp;xtor=RSS-10 2017-10-18T15:35:09Z Lafarge Egypt Marks Success of First Phase of Vocational Safety and Health Program in Suez http://get.xiti.com/url.xiti?www.lafarge.com.eg/wps/portal/eg/en/7_2-PressRelease?WCM_GLOBAL_CONTEXT=/wps/wcm/connectlib_eg/Site_eg/AllPR/PressRelease_1506843061459/PR_EN#317676826&amp;amp;xts=448029&amp;xtor=RSS-10 <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Cairo, Egypt; August 30, 2017</strong> - Lafarge Egypt, a member of LafargeHolcim, celebrated the success of the first phase of Lafarge Vocational Safety and Health program, which aims at developing vocational education in Suez in cooperation with the Governorate's leaders. A ceremony to mark the occasion was held at the Hotel and Tourism school in Suez on Sunday 27, August with the attendance of Mr. Ahmed El Geyoushy, Deputy Minister of Education for Vocational Training, and a number of officials and project beneficiaries.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p><p style="text-align: justify;">As part of its Corporate Social Responsibility, Lafarge, in cooperation with Suez Technical Education Directorate, launched its Vocational Safety and Health Program in 2016 to raise awareness about health and safety measures among technical schools students in order to help them protect themselves and provide them with the necessary skills to join the workforce as well as bridge the gap between their education and the job market requirements.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The program targeted the educational curriculum in Suez Governorate and extended to train more than 70 teachers in its first stage. Later on, more than 11,500 technical school students in Suez received the training. The last phase of the program ended with a school competition in which 534 students from 12 schools participated, showcasing their ideas through several creative activities all focussing on entrenching the principle of safety and health in their minds.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;"We are proud of our cooperation with the Suez Governorate and the Technical Education Directorate on this program, among other previous projects," said Samar Raouf, Head of Communication and Sustainable Development at Lafarge Egypt. "We are glad that both students and teachers were able to benefit from the program and we surely hope to further develop it to help increase awareness about safety and health basics to minimize the risks faced by industrial sector workers," she added. "We launched the program stemming from our belief in the important role the private sector in general and Lafarge Egypt in particular should play to serve communities they operate in."</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Engineer Ahmed El Geyoushy praised Lafarge Egypt's successful experience in helping educate workers on protecting their safety and health, along with the efforts made by the private sector, in equipping students of technical schools with the necessary tools in order for them to avoid industrial risks.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Lafarge conducted a job market assessment back in 2015 to further understand the job market needs. The field research was implemented in coordination with the Industrial Sector and the Technical Vocational Authority in Suez, as well as the vocational school teachers. The assessment identified safety and health as critical challenges, and that's when Lafarge seized the opportunity to provide intensive training in safety industrial topics through integrating the concept in schools' curriculums.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>--ENDS--</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>About LafargeHolcim:</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><a href="http://www.lafargeholcim.com/lafargeholcim-at-a-glance" target="" title="">LafargeHolcim</a>&nbsp;is the leading global&nbsp;<a href="http://www.lafargeholcim.com/lafargeholcim-at-a-glance" target="" title="">building materials and solutions</a>&nbsp;company serving masons, builders, architects and engineers all over the world. Group operations produce&nbsp;<a href="http://www.lafargeholcim.com/cement-solutions" target="" title="">cement</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.lafargeholcim.com/aggregates-solutions" target="" title="">aggregates</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.lafargeholcim.com/concrete-solutions" target="" title="">ready-mix concrete</a> which are used in&nbsp;<a href="http://www.lafargeholcim.com/building" target="" title="">building</a>&nbsp;projects ranging from&nbsp;<a href="http://www.lafargeholcim.com/affordable-housing" target="" title="">affordable housing</a>&nbsp;and small, local projects to the biggest, most technically and architecturally challenging&nbsp;<a href="http://www.lafargeholcim.com/infrastructure" target="" title="">infrastructure</a>&nbsp;projects. As urbanisation increasingly impacts people and the planet, the Group provides&nbsp;<a href="http://www.lafargeholcim.com/rd-innovative-solutions" target="" title="">innovative products</a> and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.lafargeholcim.com/building" target="" title="">building solutions</a>&nbsp;with a clear commitment to social and environmental sustainability. With leading positions in all regions,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.lafargeholcim.com/lafargeholcim-at-a-glance" target="" title="">LafargeHolcim</a> employs around 90,000 employees in more than 80 countries and has a portfolio that is equally balanced between developing and mature markets.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><a name="_GoBack"></a>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Media contact<br /> </strong>Mohamed Mohsen</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">H+K Strategies</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">+2-0100-573-9217</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><a href="mailto:mohamed.mohsen@hkstrategies.com" target="" title="">mohamed.mohsen@hkstrategies.com</a></p><img src="/wps/wcm/connect/1282590042cff138809cadb078851e14/face+suez+for+web.png?MOD=AJPERES&amp;CACHEID=1282590042cff138809cadb078851e14" alt="" /> Sun, 01 Oct 2017 07:34:48 GMT http://get.xiti.com/url.xiti?www.lafarge.com.eg/wps/portal/eg/en/7_2-PressRelease?WCM_GLOBAL_CONTEXT=/wps/wcm/connectlib_eg/Site_eg/AllPR/PressRelease_1506843061459/PR_EN#317676826&amp;amp;xts=448029&amp;xtor=RSS-10 2017-10-01T07:34:48Z LafargeHolcim Contributes to the Community to Ensure Well-Trained Youth Entering the Industrial Workforce in Suez http://get.xiti.com/url.xiti?www.lafarge.com.eg/wps/portal/eg/en/7_2-PressRelease?WCM_GLOBAL_CONTEXT=/wps/wcm/connectlib_eg/Site_eg/AllPR/PressRelease_1473835459600/PR_EN#856343445&amp;amp;xts=448029&amp;xtor=RSS-10 <p>Cairo, Egypt, August 2016 - LafargeHolcim organized a one week Occupational Safety and Health workshop for teachers of Industrials Schools in Suez last month, with the aim of teaching them occupational health and safety methods as well as soft skills that will support their career in the future. &nbsp; &nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p><p style="text-align: justify;">The idea of the program started a year ago when LafargeHolcim ran a study on the labor needs in the market. Field research was conducted in coordination with the Industrial Sector and Technical Vocational Authority in Suez, as well as teachers of the technical schools.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><br />The study showed that the teachers' capabilities needed to be improved through intensive training in Health and Safety. Thus, a Health and Safety technical manual and a Soft Skills manual focusing on communication and team work concepts, were designed for both teachers and students.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><br />After training 33 teachers across 11 Technical Schools in Suez, LafargeHolcim is finalizing the students' manuals to be added to their curriculum for the academic year 2016/2017, which will benefit 11,000 students.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><br />The opening of the LafargeHolcim workshop was attended by Maj. Gen. Ahmed Helmy Al Hayatmi, Governor of Suez, who praised LafargeHolcim's efforts and stressed on the role of the private sector to develop the youth of Suez and ameliorate their skills.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><br />--ENDS-- &nbsp; &nbsp;</p><img src="/wps/wcm/connect/de577e804e3b4bc6a43de4db4b2de450/2.jpg?MOD=AJPERES&amp;CACHEID=de577e804e3b4bc6a43de4db4b2de450" alt="" /> Wed, 14 Sep 2016 06:56:27 GMT http://get.xiti.com/url.xiti?www.lafarge.com.eg/wps/portal/eg/en/7_2-PressRelease?WCM_GLOBAL_CONTEXT=/wps/wcm/connectlib_eg/Site_eg/AllPR/PressRelease_1473835459600/PR_EN#856343445&amp;amp;xts=448029&amp;xtor=RSS-10 2016-09-14T06:56:27Z 5th International LafargeHolcim Awards seeks smart solutions for cities and the built environment http://get.xiti.com/url.xiti?www.lafarge.com.eg/wps/portal/eg/en/7_2-PressRelease?WCM_GLOBAL_CONTEXT=/wps/wcm/connectlib_eg/Site_eg/AllPR/PressRelease_1470314013045/PR_EN#382293026&amp;amp;xts=448029&amp;xtor=RSS-10 <h2><span style="color: #339966;">Two million dollar sustainable construction competition open</span></h2> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>The LafargeHolcim Awards is the most significant global competition in sustainable design. It seeks leading projects of professionals as well as bold ideas from the Next Generation that combine sustainable construction solutions with architectural excellence. Organized by the LafargeHolcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction, the competition identifies the ideas with the highest potential to tackle today's challenges to increasing urbanization and to improve quality of life. Projects and concepts from the fields of architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, planning, technology, and civil and materials engineering are eligible to be entered online in the USD 2 million Awards competition; it closes for submissions on March 21, 2017.</strong></p><p style="text-align: justify;">The competition's main category is open to architects, planners, engineers, students of related disciplines, project owners, builders and construction firms that showcase sustainable responses to technological, environmental, socioeconomic and cultural issues within contemporary building and construction. Projects must have reached an advanced stage of design, have a high probability of execution, and may not have started construction before July 4, 2016.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Participants up to the age of 30 years of age can also submit visionary concepts and bold ideas in the competition, irrespective of the probability of actual implementation of the project: the Next Generation category specifically seeks "blue-sky" solutions by students and young professionals.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The competition is divided in five geographic regions - each with its own jury of renowned specialists. Projects are evaluated according to the region in which they are to be built, and are measured against the five "target issues" for sustainable construction which look at a project from a holistic perspective and take its entire lifecycle into account. The criteria cover innovation and transferability; ethical standards and social inclusion; resource and environmental performance; economic viability and compatibility; and, contextual and aesthetic impact. The juries are headed by Harry Gugger (for region Europe), Ray Cole (North America), Angelo Bucci (Latin America), Nagwa Sherif (Middle East Africa) and Donald Bates (Asia Pacific).</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The winners will be announced at a series of five consecutive Awards ceremonies in the second half of 2017. Winners automatically qualify for the global Awards competition in 2018.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Entry in the competition is free and must be made in English using a web-based form to provide information on authorship, a project summary, technical details, as well as project images or illustrations. A comprehensive "Step-by-step" guide explains the evaluation criteria in detail and gives instructions on<a name="_GoBack"></a> how to prepare an entry at www.lafargeholcim-awards.org.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Support by world-renowned technical universities </strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The LafargeHolcim Awards is conducted in partnership with some of the world's leading technical universities. The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich and EPFL Lausanne) leads the Academic Committee of the LafargeHolcim Foundation. Other affiliated universities are: American University of Beirut (AUB), Lebanon; American University of Cairo (AUC), Egypt; Ecole Sup&eacute;rieure d'Architecture de Casablanca (EAC), Morocco; Indian Institute of Technology (IIT Bombay) in Mumbai, India; Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, USA; Tongji University (TJU) in Shanghai, China; Tsinghua University (THU) in Beijing, China; Universidad Iberoamericana (IBERO) in Mexico City, Mexico; Universidade de S&atilde;o Paulo (USP), Brazil; University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada; University of Melbourne, Australia; and University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) in Johannesburg, South Africa.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>LafargeHolcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Since 2003 the Foundation advances the discourse on sustainable construction through its international Awards competitions, academic Forums and publications. The Foundation is supported by LafargeHolcim, the world leader in the building materials industry, but remains independent of commercial interests.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Useful Links</strong></p> <ul class="unIndentedList" style="text-align: justify;"> <li> Access the Awards entry form 2016/17: <a href="http://www.lafargeholcim-awards.org/enter" target="" title="">www.lafargeholcim-awards.org/enter</a> </li> <li> Download Step-by-step guides on how to enter a project: <a href="http://www.lafargeholcim-awards.org/guide" target="" title="">www.lafargeholcim-awards.org/guide</a> </li> <li> Full list of jury members at: <a href="http://www.lafargeholcim-awards.org/juries" target="" title="">www.lafargeholcim-awards.org/juries</a> </li> <li> Details on "target issues" for sustainable construction: <a href="http://www.lafargeholcim-awards.org/target" target="" title="">www.lafargeholcim-awards.org/target</a></li> <li> Browse through more than 200 previous LafargeHolcim Awards prize winning projects at: <a href="http://www.lafargeholcim-foundation.org/projects" target="" title="">www.lafargeholcim-foundation.org/projects</a> </li> </ul> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Media contact<br /> </strong>Mohamed Mohsen</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">H+K Strategies</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">+2-0100-573-9217</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><a href="mailto:mohamed.mohsen@hkstrategies.com" target="" title="">mohamed.mohsen@hkstrategies.com</a></p> Thu, 04 Aug 2016 12:33:49 GMT http://get.xiti.com/url.xiti?www.lafarge.com.eg/wps/portal/eg/en/7_2-PressRelease?WCM_GLOBAL_CONTEXT=/wps/wcm/connectlib_eg/Site_eg/AllPR/PressRelease_1470314013045/PR_EN#382293026&amp;amp;xts=448029&amp;xtor=RSS-10 2016-08-04T12:33:49Z Lafarge Egypt to host an industry roundtable discussion on the use of alternative and renewable fuels in Egypt in partnership with MEED http://get.xiti.com/url.xiti?www.lafarge.com.eg/wps/portal/eg/en/7_2-PressRelease?WCM_GLOBAL_CONTEXT=/wps/wcm/connectlib_eg/Site_eg/AllPR/PressRelease_1444559047745/PR_EN#1655659811&amp;amp;xts=448029&amp;xtor=RSS-10 <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><span style="color: #008000;">A series of informative roundtables to be held over two months as part of the &ldquo;Building Egypt 2030&rdquo; initiative</span></strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Cairo, Egypt, XX October 2015</strong> - As part of its commitment to the Egyptian market and efforts to promote its "Build Egypt 2030" campaign and in line with its global vision to promote and implement the use of alternative and renewable fuels, Lafarge Egypt, in partnership with MEED, will be running a series of morning briefings dedicated to defining opportunities in Egypt's economy from October to December 2015.&nbsp;</p><p style="text-align: justify;">The first in the series of three, the Lafarge Egypt Energy Briefing, is committed to the renewable and alternative energy sector and will take place on Monday October 12th and will cover topics including the Energy sector's future outlook, latest developments, power mix and project requirements. This will provide a significant platform to discuss and deliberate upon the key issues faced within Egypt as the country continues to address challenges.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">This comes at a critical time as Egypt's current power generation capacity shows a negative reserve margin relative to peak demand which calls for new and versatile solutions. The country needs to increase capacity every year on average by 5.2 GW through 2022. In addition to that, the current power generation mix is highly concentrated on oil and gas (91%, with 8% being provided by hydropower). Egypt's energy intensity is 26,000 BTU per US$ of GDP, which is 4-5 times as high as most European countries; a clear indication of low energy efficiency.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Egypt has the highest wind energy potential in the Middle East and North Africa (30 GW or close to the entire current generation capacity) and enjoys direct solar radiation between 2000-3200 kWh/m2/year across its large landmass which is necessary and optimum for securing the Egyptian energy supply, diversifying the Egyptian power mix and preserving the environment while reducing Egypt's share of contribution to the global greenhouse gases emissions.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">"Lafarge Egypt has already implemented many projects over the past three years in order to increase the use of alternative fuels and we aim to achieve an average fuel substitution rate of 25% by the end of 2015," said Hussein Mansi, CEO, Lafarge Egypt. "Already, we have processed more than 260,000 tons of waste and used it as an alternative fuel in our Sokhna plant since 2013, which is an equivalent of 100,000 tons of fossil fuels," he added.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Lafarge Egypt continues to strive for new solutions and aims to promote the use of alternative and renewable to industry stakeholders and across the Egyptian industrial ecosystem by partnering in awareness initiatives with reputable and experienced bodies such as MEED.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The speaking panel will include Richard Thompson the Editorial Director of MEED, Hussein Mansi the Chief Executive Officer of Lafarge Egypt, Dr. Ahmed Badri the Executive Director at the Regional Centre for Renewable Energy &amp; Energy Efficiency (RCREEE) and Maged Mahmoud the Head of Projects at the Regional Centre for Renewable Energy &amp; Energy Efficiency (RCREEE).</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><a name="_GoBack"></a>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Ends</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>About LafargeHolcim</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">With a well-balanced presence in 90 countries and a focus on Cement, Aggregates and Concrete, LafargeHolcim (SIX Swiss Exchange, Euronext Paris: LHN) is the world leader in the building materials industry. The Group has 115,000 employees around the world and combined net sales of CHF 33 bn (EUR 27 bn) in 2014. LafargeHolcim is the industry benchmark in R&amp;D and serves from the individual homebuilder to the largest and most complex project with the widest range of value-adding products, innovative services and comprehensive building solutions. With a commitment to drive sustainable solutions for better building and infrastructure and to contribute to a higher quality of life, the Group is best positioned to meet the challenges of increasing urbanization.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">More information is available on <a href="http://www.lafargeholcim.com/" target="" title="">www.lafargeholcim.com</a></p> <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%" summary=" " style="text-align: justify;"> <tbody> <tr> <td colspan="2" width="680" valign="top"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="2" width="680" valign="top"> <p>CONTACTS</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="340" valign="top"> <p>Samar Raouf</p> <p>Communications Director</p> <p>E-mail:samar.raouf@lafarge.com</p> <p>Tel.: +20-2-27689400&nbsp; | Dir.: +20-2-27689570</p> <p>Fax: +20-2-23131929&nbsp; | Mob.: +20-12-0505999</p> <p>Lafarge Egypt</p> <p>Summit 15, El Teseen St., City Center,</p> <p>Sector One, 5th Settlement, New Cairo, Egypt</p> </td> <td width="340" valign="top"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="2" width="680" valign="top"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="2" width="680" valign="top"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> Sun, 11 Oct 2015 10:24:27 GMT http://get.xiti.com/url.xiti?www.lafarge.com.eg/wps/portal/eg/en/7_2-PressRelease?WCM_GLOBAL_CONTEXT=/wps/wcm/connectlib_eg/Site_eg/AllPR/PressRelease_1444559047745/PR_EN#1655659811&amp;amp;xts=448029&amp;xtor=RSS-10 2015-10-11T10:24:27Z Lafarge Egypt announces sponsorship of Cityscape Egypt Real Estate Summit 2015 Awards Night Company’s CEO will deliver speech during the event’s Awards Night http://get.xiti.com/url.xiti?www.lafarge.com.eg/wps/portal/eg/en/7_2-PressRelease?WCM_GLOBAL_CONTEXT=/wps/wcm/connectlib_eg/Site_eg/AllPR/PressRelease_1444562275107/PR_EN#784930576&amp;amp;xts=448029&amp;xtor=RSS-10 <p style="text-align: justify;">Lafarge Egypt, a leader in building materials, today announced that it will be participating in Egypt's Cityscape Real Estate Summit, taking place on September 14-16, 2015 at the Four Seasons Hotel Nile Plaza, by sponsoring the event's Awards Night. In its continued effort to support the country's construction sector, Lafarge Egypt will be the Headline Sponsor of the night on September 16, and will be an Exhibitor throughout the three-day event. In addition, the company's CEO, Hussein Mansi, will be delivering a speech, prior to presenting the Mixed-use Development Project Award to the chosen prize finalist.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p><p style="text-align: justify;">The Egypt Real Estate Summit is returning to the country for its 5th edition under the theme, "Maximizing the Next Stage of Egypt's Economic Growth: Land, Investment Funds and Mega Projects." Participants will have the opportunity to discover how fertile opportunities are being capitalized upon in Egypt's expanding real estate industry, as the return of consumer confidence is evident and real estate prices are on the rise.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">In addition, industry players will be able to understand how land prices and real estate trends will affect their ability to sign deals and identify lucrative opportunities in key sectors of the Egyptian real estate market, meet established fellow players and newcomers on the property scene to ensure their business is aligned with viable growth opportunities that are surfacing, and finally, identify the latest mega projects and discuss the latest industry issues with influential players.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">"We are very excited to have the opportunity to attend this year's Cityscape Real Estate Summit," said Hussein Mansi, CEO of Lafarge Egypt. "We are looking forward to gaining insight into innovative and cost-effective business models that will advance the way we do business at Lafarge Egypt. In addition, this is the time for us to continue encouraging sustainable operations for all future projects that are being planned."</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Lafarge Egypt has been the pioneer in providing effective and environmentally reliable thermal treatment solutions in Egypt with great success and a proven track record. The Lafarge cement plant co-processes the fuels with full compliance to international environmental standards and sustains its high quality cement products.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">For more details regarding the Cityscape Egypt Real Estate Summit 2015, please visit the <a href="http://www.cityscapeegypt.com/en/Programme-/Programme-2015/" target="" title="">event website</a>.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>-End-</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>About LafargeHolcim</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">With a well-balanced presence in 90 countries and a focus on <a href="http://www.lafargeholcim.com/cement-solutions" target="" title="">Cement</a>, <a href="http://www.lafargeholcim.com/aggregates-solutions" target="" title="">Aggregates</a> and <a href="http://www.lafargeholcim.com/concrete-solutions" target="" title="">Concrete</a>, <a href="http://www.lafargeholcim.com/lafargeholcim-at-a-glance" target="" title="">LafargeHolcim</a> (SIX Swiss Exchange, Euronext Paris: LHN) is the world leader in the building materials industry. The Group has 115,000 employees around the world and combined net sales of CHF 33 bn (EUR 27 bn) in 2014. LafargeHolcim is the industry benchmark in R&amp;D and serves from the individual homebuilder to the largest and most complex project with the widest range of value-adding products, innovative services and comprehensive <a href="http://www.lafargeholcim.com/your-needs-our-solutions" target="" title="">building solutions</a>. With a commitment to drive <a href="http://www.lafargeholcim.com/sustainable-development" target="" title="">sustainable solutions</a> for better building and infrastructure and to contribute to a higher quality of life, the Group is best positioned to meet the challenges of increasing urbanization.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">More information is available on&nbsp;<a href="http://www.lafargeholcim.com/" target="_blank" title="">www.lafargeholcim.com</a></p> Mon, 14 Sep 2015 11:18:56 GMT http://get.xiti.com/url.xiti?www.lafarge.com.eg/wps/portal/eg/en/7_2-PressRelease?WCM_GLOBAL_CONTEXT=/wps/wcm/connectlib_eg/Site_eg/AllPR/PressRelease_1444562275107/PR_EN#784930576&amp;amp;xts=448029&amp;xtor=RSS-10 2015-09-14T11:18:56Z Lafarge Egypt announces participation in Euromoney Egypt Conference 2015 http://get.xiti.com/url.xiti?www.lafarge.com.eg/wps/portal/eg/en/7_2-PressRelease?WCM_GLOBAL_CONTEXT=/wps/wcm/connectlib_eg/Site_eg/AllPR/PressRelease_1441530791636/PR_EN#335945395&amp;amp;xts=448029&amp;xtor=RSS-10 <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #008000;">Company&rsquo;s CEO will participate in panel in an effort to support Egypt&rsquo;s construction sector</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Lafarge Egypt, a leader in building materials, today announced that it will be participating in Egypt's Euromoney conference, taking place on September 7-8, 2015. In its continued effort to support the country's construction sector, Lafarge Egypt's CEO, Hussein Mansi, will participating in the Real Estate, Construction and Housing panel. Keynote speakers at the event also include H.E. Mr. Hany Kadry Dimian, Minister of Finance, H.E Mr. Ashraf Salman, Minister of Investment, Dr. Mohamed Omran, Chairman, The Egyptian Exchange and Mr. Sherif Samy, Chairman, The Egyptian Financial Supervisory Authority.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p><p style="text-align: justify;">The conference, which will be celebrating its 20th anniversary in Cairo, will launch a new agenda format to discuss the current key topics with the focus on an inclusive, audience driven approach via a live Twitter poll. The event, which is themed "Financing the Future," will begin with a series of short films and conversations with key figures in Egypt's financial sector, including Ministers, policymakers, private sector bankers and international financial leaders. In addition, Euromoney 2015 will take a look at the current mega projects taking place in Egypt, with workshops discussing the Suez Canal Corridor, Energy and Electricity, and Construction and Housing.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">"We are excited to be participating in a prestigious event as Euromoney 2015," said Hussein Mansi, CEO of Lafarge Egypt. "At Lafarge Egypt, it is our priority to continue to support the construction sector in Egypt by tackling the current issues the country is facing, and finding solutions to the challenges along with our fellow industry players. As a leader in building solutions, we also aim to continue to do our part in this community to encourage sustainable operations across all plants in Egypt."</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Lafarge Egypt has been the pioneer in providing effective and environmentally reliable thermal treatment solutions in Egypt with great success and a proven track record. The Lafarge cement plant co-processes the fuels with full compliance to international environmental standards and sustains its high quality cement products.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">For more details regarding the Euromoney Conference Egypt 2015, please visit the <a href="http://www.euromoneyconferences.com/egypt.html" target="" title="">event website</a>.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>-End-</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>About LafargeHolcim</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">With a well-balanced presence in 90 countries and a focus on <a href="http://www.lafargeholcim.com/cement-solutions" target="" title="">Cement</a>, <a href="http://www.lafargeholcim.com/aggregates-solutions" target="" title="">Aggregates</a> and <a href="http://www.lafargeholcim.com/concrete-solutions" target="" title="">Concrete</a>, <a href="http://www.lafargeholcim.com/lafargeholcim-at-a-glance" target="" title="">LafargeHolcim</a> (SIX Swiss Exchange, Euronext Paris: LHN) is the world leader in the building materials industry. The Group has 115,000 employees around the world and combined net sales of CHF 33 bn (EUR 27 bn) in 2014. LafargeHolcim is the industry benchmark in R&amp;D and serves from the individual homebuilder to the largest and most complex project with the widest range of value-adding products, innovative services and comprehensive <a href="http://www.lafargeholcim.com/your-needs-our-solutions" target="" title="">building solutions</a>. With a commitment to drive <a href="http://www.lafargeholcim.com/sustainable-development" target="" title="">sustainable solutions</a> for better building and infrastructure and to contribute to a higher quality of life, the Group is best positioned to meet the challenges of increasing urbanization.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">More information is available on&nbsp;<a href="http://www.lafargeholcim.com/" target="_blank" title="">www.lafargeholcim.com</a></p> Sun, 06 Sep 2015 09:13:07 GMT http://get.xiti.com/url.xiti?www.lafarge.com.eg/wps/portal/eg/en/7_2-PressRelease?WCM_GLOBAL_CONTEXT=/wps/wcm/connectlib_eg/Site_eg/AllPR/PressRelease_1441530791636/PR_EN#335945395&amp;amp;xts=448029&amp;xtor=RSS-10 2015-09-06T09:13:07Z Lafarge’s EXCOM Announces Participation in Egypt’s Waste &amp; Recycling Expo http://get.xiti.com/url.xiti?www.lafarge.com.eg/wps/portal/eg/en/7_2-PressRelease?WCM_GLOBAL_CONTEXT=/wps/wcm/connectlib_eg/Site_eg/AllPR/PressRelease_1435222163750/PR_EN#1904947228&amp;amp;xts=448029&amp;xtor=RSS-10 <p>&nbsp;</p> <p align="center"><em>Participation is a major step in Lafarge's movement to improve the sustainability</em> <em>of its operations</em></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Cairo, Egypt, 30 April, 2015</strong> - Lafarge, a world leader in building materials, today announced its participation in Egypt's Waste &amp; Recycling Expo, taking place on April 30 - May 2, 2015 at the Cairo International Exhibition &amp; Convention Centre (CICC). The Waste &amp; Recycling Expo is the only exhibition in Egypt and the MENA region focused on waste, alternative energy and the recycling of paper, plastic, glass, metal, oil, water and more. The event aims to create an opportunity for key industry figures to meet face-to-face and learn about the latest trends and innovation in waste management. At the event, Hussein Mansi, Lafarge Egypt CEO, will be delivering an opening speech, and the company will also be displaying proposed concrete trash bins to be used in Egypt's streets, as an alternative to the current metal bins. &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p><p style="text-align: justify;">Currently, the volume of waste generated in Egypt is estimated to be around 70 million tons per year, with 20 million tons allocated to municipal solid waste, 30 million tons to agricultural waste and 20 million tons to waterways cleansing. &nbsp;Waste materials that the industry can utilize as alternative fuels include refused-derived fuel (RDF) from municipal solid waste, biomass from agricultural waste, in addition to used tires, waste oils, sewage sludge, plastics and spent solvent. While several challenges are being faced that hinder the inclusion of alternative fuels in production, including insufficient penalties and the lack of commitments by waste generators to dispose of the waste, Egypt's Waste &amp; Recycling Expo aims to tackle these issues, and explain on the important role that the cement industry can play in the waste management system.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Cement production requires significant energy consumption; however, the industry's manufacturing process is particularly well-suited to approach sustainable development. Thus, in its continued search to raise the use of new alternative fuels, Lafarge is taking key steps to reduce energy prices, while also improving the sustainability of its operations. As part of its Sustainability Ambitions 2020, Lafarge is planning to allocate 50% of its fuel mix to alternative fuels. &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;"Lafarge Egypt&nbsp; plans to continue to improve its practice of employing alternative fuels in its plant to support a sustainable development in the country. , and our participation in this Expo is an importantstep to achieving our goal," said Hussein Mansi, CEO of Lafarge Egypt. "The use of waste as fuel or raw material has become a full-fledged lever for keeping our company's industrial sites competitive, in addition to improving the sustainability of our operations. We feel it is our responsibility as a leader in building solutions to provide services beyond our normal scope to the community."</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Lafarge Ecocem is currently focusing on three key areas: the reduction of its plants' energy consumption, the optimization of its energy mix according to market conditions, and finally, the increase of its use of alternative fuels in the energy mix. The focus on these areas will ultimately reduce the entire Lafarge Group's environmental footprint, provide better control of its energy and create a local economy around the recycling of materials, which will eventually offer local authorities an efficient waste disposal solution.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Lafarge Egypt and Ecocem have implemented many projects over the past 3 years in order to increase the use of alternative fuels and aim to achieve an average fuel substitution rate of 25% by the end of 2015. More than 260,000 tons of waste have been processed and burnt in Lafarge's Sokhna plant since 2013, an equivalent of 100,000 tons of fossil fuels.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">For more details regarding the Egypt Waste &amp; Recycling Expo, please visit the <a href="http://www.egy-wasterecycling.com/" target="" title="">event website</a>.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><a name="_GoBack"></a><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>-End-</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>About Lafarge</strong><br /> <br /> A world leader in building materials, Lafarge employs 63,000 people in 61 countries, and posted sales of &euro;12.8 billion in 2014. As a top-ranking player in its Cement, Aggregates and Concrete businesses, it contributes to the construction of cities around the world, through its innovative solutions providing them with more housing and making them more compact, more durable, more beautiful, and better connected. With the world's leading building materials research facility, Lafarge places innovation at the heart of its priorities in order to contribute to more sustainable construction and to better serve architectural creativity.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">More information is available on Lafarge's website:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.lafarge.com/" target="_blank" title="">www.lafarge.com</a></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><br /> Follow us:&nbsp;<a href="http://ec.tynt.com/b/rw?id=cqyT8-Ermr46YHacwqm_6r&amp;u=lafargegroup" target="_blank" title="">@lafargegroup on Twitter</a>&nbsp;|&nbsp;<a href="http://ec.tynt.com/b/rf?id=cqyT8-Ermr46YHacwqm_6r&amp;u=Lafarge" target="_blank" title="">Lafarge on Facebook</a></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> Thu, 25 Jun 2015 08:49:42 GMT http://get.xiti.com/url.xiti?www.lafarge.com.eg/wps/portal/eg/en/7_2-PressRelease?WCM_GLOBAL_CONTEXT=/wps/wcm/connectlib_eg/Site_eg/AllPR/PressRelease_1435222163750/PR_EN#1904947228&amp;amp;xts=448029&amp;xtor=RSS-10 2015-06-25T08:49:42Z Lafarge’s ECOCEM signs memorandum of understanding with Orascom Telecom Media and Technology http://get.xiti.com/url.xiti?www.lafarge.com.eg/wps/portal/eg/en/7_2-PressRelease?WCM_GLOBAL_CONTEXT=/wps/wcm/connectlib_eg/Site_eg/AllPR/PressRelease_1427116308042/PR_EN#164975618&amp;amp;xts=448029&amp;xtor=RSS-10 <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong><span style="color: #008000;">MOU is the first step in a plan to develop a waste management framework</span></strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong style="font-size: 0.814em; line-height: 1.231;">Cairo, Egypt, 14 March, 2015</strong><span style="font-size: 0.814em; line-height: 1.231; background-color: #ffffff;"> -&nbsp;</span></p><p style="text-align: justify;">At today's Egypt Economic Development Conference in Sharm el-Sheikh, Lafarge Egypt and Orascom Telecom Media and Technology Holding S.A.E ("OTMT") announced that they have signed a memorandum of understanding to develop a waste management framework of municipal and agricultural waste. The memorandum, signed by Mr. Hussein Mansi, Chief Executive Officer, Lafarge Egypt and Mr. Tamer el Mahdy, Deputy CEO and Chief Operating Officer, OTMT, has been created by the two Companies in an effort to process large volumes of municipal and agricultural waste into alternative fuels to be used in the Lafarge plant in Egypt, among other companies. The Minister of Environmental Affairs, Khaled Fahmy, in addition to Mr. Eric Olsen, Executive Vice President, Lafarge Group, and Mr. Naguib Sawiris, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, OTMT, were also witnesses to the signing. &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The memorandum of understanding represents an important step towards sustainable development in the country, and will begin the creation of a circular economy through the reduction of garbage burning and waste dumping. The agreement will also create new employment opportunities and will reduce the dependency on fossil fuels in the country. Lafarge Egypt and OTMT carefully chose the Egypt Economic Development Conference as the location for the signature to take place, as it is a key milestone in the implementation of the government's medium-term reform program designed to accelerate the economic development of Egypt.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;"We are very excited about this venture as it is one of our main new projects that we intended to launch as a new investment of OTMT," commented Naguib Sawiris, Chairman and CEO of OTMT.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">"In line with our &lsquo;Building Egypt 2030' campaign, Lafarge is committed to help solve the issue of waste in Egypt, and take steps toward sustainable development," said Hussein Mansi, CEO of Lafarge Egypt. "At Lafarge Egypt, we feel it is our responsibility as a leader in building solutions to provide services beyond our normal scope in cooperation with Orascom Telecom Media and Technology. Sharm el-Sheikh was a natural place for this signature, given the importance of this conference for the country's future and the implementation of the medium-term reform program designed to accelerate the economic development of Egypt."</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Lafarge is a world leader in building materials and is a market leader in Egypt. Lafarge Cement Egypt has been the pioneer in providing effective and environmentally reliable thermal treatment solutions in Egypt with great success and a proven track record. Ecocem Industrial Ecology Egypt is a Lafarge subsidiary responsible for developing, sourcing and pre-treating solutions to facilitate the recovery of wastes into alternative fuels materials. The Lafarge cement plant co-processes the fuels with full compliance to international environmental standards and sustains its high quality cement products.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Lafarge Egypt and Ecocem have implemented many projects over the past 3 years in order to increase the use of alternative fuels and aim to achieve an average fuel substitution rate of 25% by the end of 2015. More than 260,000 tons of waste have been processed and burnt in Lafarge's Sokhna plant since 2013, equivalent to 100,000 tons of fossil fuels. The use of these alternative fuel aims to limit greenhouse gas emissions by reducing the use of fossil fuels, to diversify energy resources and reduce energy costs and to serve the community by recycling waste that would otherwise have to be processed and eliminated.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">OTMT is a holding company with investments in companies operating in Egypt, North Korea, Pakistan, Lebanon and other North African and Middle-Eastern countries. The current activities of OTMT vary between GSM, Media and Technology and Cable Businesses. OTMT recently expanded its lines of operations into the new fields of Energy, Transport &amp; Logistics, waste management and Telecom Infrastructure. This MoU resembles a key milestone to OTMT's commitment towards expanding its line of operations and serving the Egyptian economy.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><a name="_GoBack"></a><strong>-End-</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>About Lafarge</strong><br /> <br /> A world leader in building materials, Lafarge employs 63,000 people in 61 countries, and posted sales of &euro;12.8 billion in 2014. As a top-ranking player in its Cement, Aggregates and Concrete businesses, it contributes to the construction of cities around the world, through its innovative solutions providing them with more housing and making them more compact, more durable, more beautiful, and better connected. With the world's leading building materials research facility, Lafarge places innovation at the heart of its priorities in order to contribute to more sustainable construction and to better serve architectural creativity.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">More information is available on Lafarge's website:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.lafarge.com/" target="_blank" title="">www.lafarge.com</a></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><br /> Follow us:&nbsp;<a href="http://ec.tynt.com/b/rw?id=cqyT8-Ermr46YHacwqm_6r&amp;u=lafargegroup" target="_blank" title="">@lafargegroup on Twitter</a>&nbsp;|&nbsp;<a href="http://ec.tynt.com/b/rf?id=cqyT8-Ermr46YHacwqm_6r&amp;u=Lafarge" target="_blank" title="">Lafarge on Facebook</a></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>About Orascom Telecom</strong> <strong>Media and Technology</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">OTMT is a holding company that has investments in companies with operations mainly in Egypt, North Korea, Lebanon, Pakistan and other North African and Middle-Eastern countries. The activities of OTMT are mainly divided into its GSM, Media and Technology, and Cable businesses. The GSM activities include mobile telecommunications operations in Egypt, North Korea and Lebanon. The Media and Technology division consists of OT Ventures/Intouch Communications Service and the OT Ventures Internet portals and other ventures in Egypt, including LINK Development, ARPU+ and LINKonLINE. The Cable business focuses on the management of cable networks.</p><img src="/wps/wcm/connect/9f73df8047bf7cc58b0c8ff4bcc011ef/um.jpg?MOD=AJPERES&amp;CACHEID=9f73df8047bf7cc58b0c8ff4bcc011ef" alt="" /> Mon, 23 Mar 2015 13:18:47 GMT http://get.xiti.com/url.xiti?www.lafarge.com.eg/wps/portal/eg/en/7_2-PressRelease?WCM_GLOBAL_CONTEXT=/wps/wcm/connectlib_eg/Site_eg/AllPR/PressRelease_1427116308042/PR_EN#164975618&amp;amp;xts=448029&amp;xtor=RSS-10 2015-03-23T13:18:47Z Lafarge launches the second roundtable of “Building Egypt 2030" http://get.xiti.com/url.xiti?www.lafarge.com.eg/wps/portal/eg/en/7_2-PressRelease?WCM_GLOBAL_CONTEXT=/wps/wcm/connectlib_eg/Site_eg/AllPR/PressRelease_1416912145161/PR_EN#1167574539&amp;amp;xts=448029&amp;xtor=RSS-10 <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #008000;"><strong style="line-height: 13.0264415740967px;">Cairo</strong><strong style="line-height: 13.0264415740967px;">, Egypt</strong><strong style="line-height: 13.0264415740967px;">&nbsp;- 8<span style="vertical-align: text-top;">th</span>&nbsp;November 2014</strong><span style="line-height: 13.0264415740967px; background-color: #ffffff;">.&nbsp;</span></span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Tackling the subject of "Transport and infrastructure", Lafarge Egypt held its second roundtable discussion session as a part of its series of informative roundtable discussions entitled &lsquo;Building Egypt 2030', in cooperation with MEED, the Middle East's leading business publication .</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p><p style="text-align: justify;">Lafarge's second roundtable aimed to confirm its commitment to build better cities through improving the ways of building, developing ways of planning, supporting innovation in the field of construction.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The second roundtable also gave a glimpse about the government's vision and strategy of infrastructure and transport projects in Egypt up to 2030, discussed how to attract more foreign investments to speed up infrastructure development, the future role of Renewable Energy and how can innovation deliver solutions to future challenges while simultaneously meeting and reaching sustainability needs and goals in the growing infrastructure and transportation sectors.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">MEED editor, Richard Thompson&nbsp;provided a clear overview about Egypt's transport and infrastructure project sectors, real insight into emerging project trends, key players, challenges and success factors and an in-depth understanding of the current and future project market, macroeconomic overview and key indicators for Egypt in relation to GCC and global markets.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;"The progress of nations is measured by the efficiency of its transport system ", said Ambassador Mahmoud Allam, Advisor, Minister of Transport, who gave a brief about the government's strategy to develop transportation system in cooperation with the European Union, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and others, The strategy depends on three main pillars, Infrastructure development, good organization of available resources, human capacity development.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">"Egypt is seeking to attract 10 billion dollars in foreign investments in the coming period", said Dr. Sherif Oteifa, Senior Advisor, Egyptian General authority for investment (GAFI), Ministry of Investment, he added that major government's Projects will be financed through a partnership with the Private sector and confirmed that all the guarantees will be given to the investors as an expected legislation amendments will take place by Egypt's economical conference next February.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The roundtable discussion session also dealt with the role that innovation can play in providing solutions to the challenges of the future, in addition to meeting the sustainable needs as information technology can provide the information and data necessary to take the right decision.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">"Lafarge is working to find a high-efficient materials for use in the Egyptian national projects so that we can say for all by the year 2030 that we have the chance to contribute in building Egypt", said Hussein Mansi, Chief Executive Officer, Lafarge Egypt, he also added that confidence building with customers in addition to the interaction with stakeholders, contractors and engineers make them more prone to accept innovative solutions Like applying the Concrete roads in Egypt for example.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">During the last half of the roundtable discussion, Dr. Kareem Attallah, Managing Director, Egyptian Green Building council (NGO),&nbsp;highlighted the concept of the Green house and its applicability in Egypt and the necessity of adopting new policies to support reliance on renewable energy sources and put a special code for these homes and provide incentives to business owners in order to adopt the concept of recycling within their companies.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Speakers at the second roundtable session included Ambassador Mahmoud Allam, Advisor, Minister of Transport, Dr. Sherif Oteifa, Senior Advisor, and Egyptian General Authority for investment (GAFI), Ministry of Investment, Mr.Atter Hanora, Director, PPP Central Unit - Ministry of Finance,&nbsp;Mr. Hussein Mansi, Chief Executive Officer, Lafarge Egypt&nbsp; as well as&nbsp; speakers from Orascom Construction industries, PWC Egypt, Schneider Electric, IBM Egypt&nbsp;&amp;&nbsp;Archirodon.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p><img src="/wps/wcm/connect/2c83ce804654fca8ab4eef7883a5008e/back1.jpg?MOD=AJPERES&amp;CACHEID=2c83ce804654fca8ab4eef7883a5008e" alt="" /> Tue, 25 Nov 2014 16:40:38 GMT http://get.xiti.com/url.xiti?www.lafarge.com.eg/wps/portal/eg/en/7_2-PressRelease?WCM_GLOBAL_CONTEXT=/wps/wcm/connectlib_eg/Site_eg/AllPR/PressRelease_1416912145161/PR_EN#1167574539&amp;amp;xts=448029&amp;xtor=RSS-10 2014-11-25T16:40:38Z Lafarge to host informative roundtable discussion on transport and infrastructure as part of the “Building Egypt 2030” initiative http://get.xiti.com/url.xiti?www.lafarge.com.eg/wps/portal/eg/en/7_2-PressRelease?WCM_GLOBAL_CONTEXT=/wps/wcm/connectlib_eg/Site_eg/AllPR/PressRelease_1413980300159/PR_EN#880635443&amp;amp;xts=448029&amp;xtor=RSS-10 <p><strong>CAIRO, Egypt, October 22, 2014 - </strong>In the framework of Lafarge's global ambition of &lsquo;Building Better Cities,' Lafarge Egypt has launched a series of informative roundtable discussions entitled &lsquo;Building Egypt 2030', in cooperation with MEED, the Middle East's leading business publication. On November 3, 2014 Lafarge Egypt will host the second roundtable discussion of the series which will focus on transportation and infrastructure in Egypt. &nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p><p style="text-align: justify;">One of the biggest challenges Egypt is currently facing is the need for improved transport infrastructure and public transportation options.&nbsp; Millions of Cairo's inhabitants make their way across the city each day to and from work adding to the wear and tear of existing roads and causing traffic congestion, which are hardly avoidable.&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">This second roundtable session will examine the current state of transport and infrastructure including utilities like power and water, the effects of infrastructure and transport on economic growth, investment projects and procurement solutions such as public-private partnerships to support the sectors.&nbsp; Key speakers and attendees at the forum will include representatives from public offices, as well as members of the private sector and key international figures.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">"Living standards are measured by an individuals' access to basic needs like water and electricity as well as their ability to move and transport goods in a safe and timely manner," said Hussein Mansi, CEO of Lafarge Egypt. "When someone is unable to take on work in another area of a city due to the complexities of coming and going each day or an office is temporarily paralyzed by energy shortages, this infringes on not only the capacity of that individual but also limits the potential of the entire economy.&nbsp; The fast pace of growth seen in Egypt over the last fifty years has created major gaps in basic infrastructure and transport needs which must be resolved.&nbsp; This next forum will provide a platform for discussion between public and private stakeholders with hopes of bringing to life solutions for building Egypt for 2030."</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The Lafarge roundtable discussion series will take place each month on a different topic related to Building Egypt 2030.&nbsp; The first session, which took place in September, focused on the social housing needs in Egypt and was attended by H.E. Dr. Laila Eskandar, Minister of Urban Development and Planning. More information about the discussions can be found by visiting www.lafarge.com.eg.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>END</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>About Lafarge</strong><br /> <br /> A world leader in building materials, Lafarge employs 64,000 people in 62 countries, and posted sales of &euro;15.2 billion in 2013. As a top-ranking player in its Cement, Aggregates and Concrete businesses, it contributes to the construction of cities around the world, through its innovative solutions providing them with more housing and making them more compact, more durable, more beautiful, and better connected. With the world's leading building materials research facility, Lafarge places innovation at the heart of its priorities in order to contribute to more sustainable construction and to better serve architectural creativity.<br /> <br /> Follow us:&nbsp;<a href="http://ec.tynt.com/b/rw?id=cqyT8-Ermr46YHacwqm_6r&amp;u=lafargegroup" target="_blank" title="">@lafargegroup on Twitter</a>&nbsp;|&nbsp;<a href="http://ec.tynt.com/b/rf?id=cqyT8-Ermr46YHacwqm_6r&amp;u=Lafarge" target="_blank" title="">Lafarge on Facebook</a></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">For more information about Lafarge, please contact:</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Tamer Hassan</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">+20 111 788 3335</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><a href="mailto:Tamer.hassan@hkstrategies.com" target="" title="">Tamer.hassan@hkstrategies.com</a><a name="_GoBack"></a></p> Wed, 22 Oct 2014 12:18:58 GMT http://get.xiti.com/url.xiti?www.lafarge.com.eg/wps/portal/eg/en/7_2-PressRelease?WCM_GLOBAL_CONTEXT=/wps/wcm/connectlib_eg/Site_eg/AllPR/PressRelease_1413980300159/PR_EN#880635443&amp;amp;xts=448029&amp;xtor=RSS-10 2014-10-22T12:18:58Z Lafarge kicks off ‘Building Egypt 2030’ Roundtable Discussion Series with MEED http://get.xiti.com/url.xiti?www.lafarge.com.eg/wps/portal/eg/en/7_2-PressRelease?WCM_GLOBAL_CONTEXT=/wps/wcm/connectlib_eg/Site_eg/AllPR/PressRelease_1413980326124/PR_EN#675051361&amp;amp;xts=448029&amp;xtor=RSS-10 <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>CAIRO, Egypt, September 8, 2014 -&nbsp;</strong>Kicking off<strong>&nbsp;</strong>its series of informative roundtable discussions entitled &lsquo;Building Egypt 2030', in cooperation with MEED, the Middle East's leading business publication; Lafarge Egypt held its first roundtable discussion which tackled the subject of social housing in Egypt.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p><p style="text-align: justify;">Speakers at the inaugural roundtable session included H.E. Dr. Laila Eskandar, Minister of Urban Development and Planning, Building National research Institute, Mrs May Abdel Hamid, Chairman, Mortgage Finance Fund, Mr. Hussein Mansi, Chief Executive Officer, Lafarge Egypt as well as &nbsp;speakers from Orascom Housing and Development and DMG Group.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;The roundtable discussion commenced with a presentation by MEED editor, Richard Thompson, which outlined the Egyptian economy over the past period, evidencing the fact that despite the bleakness of the last two years things are turning around and large projects are not only re-commencing but brand new projects are being planned.&nbsp; MEED highlighted the fact that there is a severe shortage of social housing in Egypt, meaning around 16 million are without adequate housing. &nbsp;The government recently announced their plans to build 1 million residential units as a part of their social housing program targeted at low-income families and will be located in 13 different locations across the country.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The first panel, entitled "Developing Partnerships to Drive the Housing Sector," hosted H.E. Dr. Laila Eskandar, Minister of Urban Development, May Abdel Hamid, Chairman for Egyptian Mortgage Finance Fund and Hussein Mansi, CEO Lafarge Egypt.&nbsp; Dr. Laila Eskandar explained the challenges facing the government when it comes to being able to register all those in need of adequate housing, the different types of informal housing communities which currently exist and offered some solutions in policy and timeline urgency for those in the most desperate situations.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">May Abdel Hamid provided her expertise on the financial side of the social housing conundrum, by stressing on the need for loans and payment solutions which address the deficit between a potential owners income and the actual cost of the unit.&nbsp; She also mentioned the challenges that have carried over from previous social housing programs and stressed the need for comprehensive development plans where houses are built near transportation routes and areas where the inhabitants work.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;"85% of the population fall within the segments which need housing support, these people are the backbone of the housing sector and we need to be focused so that we can meet their needs.&nbsp; Construction will help propel GDP and further development in Egypt while the future and investment chances lie in these massive sectors for the masses in Egypt," said Hussein Mansi from Lafarge, who provided insight into why, from the view of the private sector, companies should be interested in the subject of social housing.&nbsp; "Solutions lie in the fact that a company with the know-how and experience&nbsp;<span style="font-size: 0.814em; line-height: 1.231; background-color: #ffffff;">can help bring attention to the matter while there is a need to bring together all stakeholders and show investors the opportunity for growth and business."</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Following the panel, Ayman Ismail, CEO of DMG Group and Secretary General from Maan Association, spoke about the need for a model which would encourage the private sector to supply more funding to social housing projects while it is currently difficult to justify the cost when companies would end up in debt from such projects.&nbsp; His colleague, Amr Moustafa, then presented DMG's current project located next to Salam City, where construction is underway to house a large community of those employed by the industrial sector in Obour while positioning the community as an example in how private companies can benefit the sector by providing their expertise and design knowledge.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Another example of social housing communities was highlighted by Mohamed Mohamed Khairy, Senior Vice President, Business Developmentfrom Orascom Housing and Development, with a presentation about Haram City in Six of October City.&nbsp; He mentioned the challenges the community have faced since the arrival of families in 2009.&nbsp; These challenges include lack of transportation and utilities, to which finally are being met. The community is almost entirely self-sufficient and boasts its own waste management, local trade and water treatment facilities.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">During the last half of the roundtable discussion, Mohamed Yehia, General Manager of Aggregate and Concrete at Lafarge Egypt discussed how the company is providing building solutions to residents in unplanned areas of the city who build their own structures as well as solutions for developers to help cut cost and time while maintaining top quality building standards.&nbsp; He said, "Building Egypt 2030 is a goal that every Egyptian should embody and work towards achieving.&nbsp; We all must play a role and Lafarge's team in Egypt of over 3,500 will stand alongside the country.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The recovery of Egypt's economy and growth through development which underlie the Building Egypt 2030 campaign is not the responsibility of one sector alone, but rather presents the moment for each and every one of us to unite and shift our focus on the future.&nbsp; It is time for all of us to think about how we can play a role in creating a better future while building Egypt for 2030."</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The session concluded with an open question and answer section on the current state of finance solutions for the sector, the challenges, tailoring finance products to meet the needs of potential owners, facilitating and fast tracking procedures for financial tools and perspectives from developers.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The second roundtable session is set to take place in October and will be discussing building roads and infrastructure in Egypt.&nbsp; More information about the discussions can be found by visiting www.lafarge.com.eg.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>-END-</strong></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><strong>About Lafarge</strong><br /> <br /> A world leader in building materials, Lafarge employs 64,000 people in 62 countries, and posted sales of &euro;15.2 billion in 2013. As a top-ranking player in its Cement, Aggregates and Concrete businesses, it contributes to the construction of cities around the world, through its innovative solutions providing them with more housing and making them more compact, more durable, more beautiful, and better connected. With the world's leading building materials research facility, Lafarge places innovation at the heart of its priorities in order to contribute to more sustainable construction and to better serve architectural creativity.<br /> <br /> Read more:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.lafarge.com/wps/portal/5_7_1-CFDet?WCM_GLOBAL_CONTEXT=/wps/wcm/connect/Lafarge.com/AllPR/2014/PR20140804/MainEN#ixzz3C9DPvWkR" target="" title="">http://www.lafarge.com/wps/portal/5_7_1-CFDet?WCM_GLOBAL_CONTEXT=/wps/wcm/connect/Lafarge.com/AllPR/2014/PR20140804/MainEN#ixzz3C9DPvWkR</a>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: left;"><br /> Follow us:&nbsp;<a href="http://ec.tynt.com/b/rw?id=cqyT8-Ermr46YHacwqm_6r&amp;u=lafargegroup" target="_blank" title="">@lafargegroup on Twitter</a>&nbsp;|&nbsp;<a href="http://ec.tynt.com/b/rf?id=cqyT8-Ermr46YHacwqm_6r&amp;u=Lafarge" target="_blank" title="">Lafarge on Facebook</a></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">For more information about Lafarge, please contact:</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Tamer Hassan</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">+20 111 788 3335</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><a href="mailto:Tamer.hassan@hkstrategies.com" target="" title="">Tamer.hassan@hkstrategies.com</a><a name="_GoBack"></a></p> Wed, 22 Oct 2014 12:18:55 GMT http://get.xiti.com/url.xiti?www.lafarge.com.eg/wps/portal/eg/en/7_2-PressRelease?WCM_GLOBAL_CONTEXT=/wps/wcm/connectlib_eg/Site_eg/AllPR/PressRelease_1413980326124/PR_EN#675051361&amp;amp;xts=448029&amp;xtor=RSS-10 2014-10-22T12:18:55Z ​Lafarge ​Initiates “Building Egypt 2030″ http://get.xiti.com/url.xiti?www.lafarge.com.eg/wps/portal/eg/en/7_2-PressRelease?WCM_GLOBAL_CONTEXT=/wps/wcm/connectlib_eg/Site_eg/AllPR/PressRelease_1413734649023/PR_EN#563916893&amp;amp;xts=448029&amp;xtor=RSS-10 <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Kicking off&nbsp;its series of informative round table discussions entitled &lsquo;Building Egypt 2030', in cooperation with MEED, LafargeEgypt&nbsp;held its first roundtable discussion which tackled the subject of social housing in Egypt.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>"Building Egypt 2030" is an initiative by Lafarge Egypt&nbsp;as we&nbsp;always carry&nbsp;the torch of leadership in the field of production of building materials and finding smart solutions to building better cities, we are considered a key player in the development of the industry, according to market variables and in accordance with its&nbsp;commitment&nbsp;towards its customers and the community for the promotion of the national economy of&nbsp;our&nbsp;country along with successful partners and demolished workers.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p><p style="text-align: justify;">Speakers at the inaugural roundtable session included H.E. Dr. Laila Eskandar, Minister of Urban Development and Planning, Mrs May Abdel Hamid, Chairman, Mortgage Finance Fund, Mr. Hussein Mansi, Chief Executive Officer, Lafarge Egypt as well as speakers from Arabtec and DMG Group.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The roundtable discussion opened by MEED highlighted that there is a severe shortage of social housing in Egypt; currently 16 million individuals are missing adequate housing. Currently, the social housing program aims to offer 1m residential units to low-income citizens at 13 locations across the country with the purpose of achieving social justice.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">During the first panel which discussed&nbsp;"Developing Partnerships to Drive Housing Sector",&nbsp;H.E. Dr. Laila Eskandar highlighted that the main challenges in these areas are that 40% of social classes don't fit into the social housing programs from state, due to ID card and where it says you're from has been holding back moving them into the social housing sector.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;"Social housing has financial spending issues. We need to give them solutions such as loans to make-up for deficit in an individuals' income, funds also provide financial aid which should not to be deducted from the cost of the unit," said Mrs May Abdel Hamid, Chairman, Mortgage Finance Fund "The main challenges however are that the social housing projects should be well located and have access to public transportation. Previously the projects were built in the desert with seven million inhabitants. Hence we need comprehensive development plans; we need to create cities where jobs are located."</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">"85% of the population is between classes C to E, these classes are the backbone of the housing sector and we need to be focused so that we can meet their needs.&nbsp; Construction will help propel GDP and further development.&nbsp; Future and investment chances lie in these massive sectors for the masses in Egypt," said Mr. Hussein Mansi "Solution lies in the fact that a company with the know-how and experience can help bring attention to matter, there is a need to bring together all stakeholders and show investors the opportunity for growth and business."</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">During the first panel which discussed "Showcasing Developments in Egypt&nbsp;- How developers work to deliver social housing in current environment", Mr. Ayman Ismail, Chief Executive Officer, DMG Group explained that the private sector is in need to inject private funds of their own.&nbsp; He highlighted the fact that until there needs to be a model that is created which would allow the private sector to become a player in this.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">An Orascom Construction representative used Haram City as an example that others should follow, the flagship project has overcome several problems and provides services needed by the population such as waste management, power substation and water treatment facility.&nbsp;"Building Egypt 2030 is a goal that every Egyptian should embody and work towards achieving.&nbsp; We all must play a role and Lafarge's team in Egypt of over 3,500 will stand alongside the country.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The recovery of Egypt's economy and growth through development which underlie the Building Egypt 2030 campaign is not the responsibility of one sector alone, but rather presents the moment for each and every one of us to unite and shift our focus on the future.&nbsp; It is time for all of us to think about how we can play a role in creating a better future while building Egypt for 2030." concluded Mr. Mohamed Yehia.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The second roundtable session is set to take place in November and will be discussing building roads and infrastructure in Egypt.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p><img src="/wps/wcm/connect/b839420045e411a29aaffb06a84188eb/meed+web.jpg?MOD=AJPERES&amp;CACHEID=b839420045e411a29aaffb06a84188eb" alt="" /> Sun, 19 Oct 2014 16:15:28 GMT http://get.xiti.com/url.xiti?www.lafarge.com.eg/wps/portal/eg/en/7_2-PressRelease?WCM_GLOBAL_CONTEXT=/wps/wcm/connectlib_eg/Site_eg/AllPR/PressRelease_1413734649023/PR_EN#563916893&amp;amp;xts=448029&amp;xtor=RSS-10 2014-10-19T16:15:28Z Lafarge joins Euromoney Egypt Conference “Stability, Investment &amp; Growth” http://get.xiti.com/url.xiti?www.lafarge.com.eg/wps/portal/eg/en/7_2-PressRelease?WCM_GLOBAL_CONTEXT=/wps/wcm/connectlib_eg/Site_eg/AllPR/PressRelease_1413733599034/PR_EN#797766594&amp;amp;xts=448029&amp;xtor=RSS-10 <p style="text-align: justify;">Euromoney&nbsp;returned&nbsp;to Cairo on the 16th and 17th September for its annual gathering of finance and investment professionals.&nbsp;Euromoney brings focus, insight and independence to the debates on Egypt's economic and investment future. That is why it is the biggest and most important conference in the financial calendar. It aims to explain the dynamics of Egypt's changing political, economic, financial, regulatory and monetary systems to the international markets. It&nbsp;looks&nbsp;at the real economy to explain what is actually happening on the ground.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p><p style="text-align: justify;">A large number of global and local companies&nbsp;took part in Euromoney, including Lafarge Egypt -&nbsp;which calls&nbsp;for cost-effective sustainable solutions to ensure the social housing sector is one of mutually beneficial returns&nbsp;and&nbsp;as one of the market leaders in building materials-&nbsp;Lafarge Egypt&nbsp;believes in the importance of its role in the field of investment and economic development.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Keynote&nbsp;Speakers:&nbsp;<br />H.E. Mr Hany Kadry, Minister of Finance<br />H.E. Mr Ashraf Salman, Minister of Investment</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>On 16 September H.E. Mr Hany Kadry&nbsp;started&nbsp;the conference and provided&nbsp;an overview of the macro-economic environment, growth, unemployment, inflation and the subsidy program. He&nbsp;was then&nbsp;followed by H.E. Mr Ashraf Salman who highlighted&nbsp;the investment opportunities upon which the government will concentrate over the next 12 months.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>"Adapting to new uses in technology is one of the current challenges we are facing in the development sector," said&nbsp;Mr.Hussein Mansi, CEO of Lafarge Egypt. "As part of our Building Egypt 2030 initiative, Lafarge seeks to build more durable cities using environmentally friendly materials that reduce construction costs and offer modern solutions in line with today's global standards."</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Topics included:&nbsp;<br />- Egypt's new political landscape - the government's economic strategy<br />- The country's economic and investment future - return to growth?&nbsp;<br />- GCC lifelines - what happens when the funds stop?&nbsp;<br />- The role of the IMF and other multilaterals - are they back in the game?&nbsp;<br />- Subsidy reform - now or never?&nbsp;<br />- Capital markets, IPOs<br />- Energy, infrastructure and resource challenges.</p> <p>&nbsp;All attendees praised the positive steps taken by the government in the direction of the development of the housing sector.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p><img src="/wps/wcm/connect/ba29610045e40bf69992fb06a84188eb/Euromoney+WEB.jpg?MOD=AJPERES&amp;CACHEID=ba29610045e40bf69992fb06a84188eb" alt="" /> Sun, 19 Oct 2014 15:57:40 GMT http://get.xiti.com/url.xiti?www.lafarge.com.eg/wps/portal/eg/en/7_2-PressRelease?WCM_GLOBAL_CONTEXT=/wps/wcm/connectlib_eg/Site_eg/AllPR/PressRelease_1413733599034/PR_EN#797766594&amp;amp;xts=448029&amp;xtor=RSS-10 2014-10-19T15:57:40Z Egypt’s Entrepreneurs Set to Benefit from Landmark Partnerships between Lafarge, Social Fund for Development, and Mowgli Foundation http://get.xiti.com/url.xiti?www.lafarge.com.eg/wps/portal/eg/en/7_2-PressRelease?WCM_GLOBAL_CONTEXT=/wps/wcm/connectlib_eg/Site_eg/AllPR/PressRelease_1392189167996/PR_EN#181548825&amp;amp;xts=448029&amp;xtor=RSS-10 <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #339966;"><strong>World Leader in Building Materials to &nbsp;Recruit and Mentor 45 Egyptian Entrepreneurs Over 12 Months</strong></span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>CAIRO, Egypt: </strong>Egyptian entrepreneurs are set to benefit from the launch of the first Corporate Mentoring and Entrepreneurship Programme announced by world leader in building materials, Lafarge.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Lafarge will collaborate with award-winning international mentoring organisation, the Mowgli Foundation (Mowgli) in Egypt to deliver three mentor training programs for 45 Lafarge executives matching them with 45 entrepreneurs for 12 months.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p><p style="text-align: justify;">Providing the entrepreneurs as part of a separate landmark partnership with Lafarge is the Social Fund for Development (SFD), Egypt's major socio-economic safety net entrusted with supporting micro and small enterprises and providing them with integrated packages of financial and non-financial services.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;"We are delighted to be able to inspire, connect and evolve Egyptian entrepreneurs with Mowgli. There is a wealth of talent at hand in Egypt, and our executives are keen to help empower the transformation of future business leaders in the country. We see the value of Mowgli's unique mentoring program and we look forward to the experience," said Erdogan Pekenc, Lafarge Egypt CEO.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The pilot partnership will aim to provide interactive, experiential and transformational workshops, a unique environment for accelerated relationship building, mentor training and matching, and engagement within a learning and mentoring focused global alumni network of more than 1200 entrepreneurs and mentors.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The two agreements were signed by Lafarge Egypt CEO, Erdogan Pekenc, SFD Managing Director, Ghada Waly and founder of Mowgli, Tony Bury on 23<sup>rd</sup> January 2014.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">"This agreement consolidates on-going cooperation between SFD and development partners and comes in harmony with the SFD strategy for providing finance and all related business development services to start-up and/or existing entrepreneurs including without limitation, technical, administrative support, capacity building and training to enable them to acquire new labour-market and advanced entrepreneurial skills," Waly said.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">"Within this framework, SFD has been launching an ambitious entrepreneurship development program especially tailored for the youth in partnership with public/private Egyptian universities and various academic institutions and is currently diversifying its non-financial products to help create a generation of promising entrepreneurs," she added.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">"Supporting entrepreneurship and leadership development with mentoring is at the heart of Mowgli's vision, and so this program truly serves both of these objectives.&nbsp; We are thrilled to be launching our new innovative "Corporate Mentoring and Entrepreneurship program" in partnership with Lafarge in Egypt, and to further serve the Egyptian entrepreneurship ecosystem," said Bury.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">According to Mowgli, between 2009 and 2012 more than 840 jobs were created and safeguarded by Mowgli Entrepreneurs, during their first year of mentoring, with an average of two jobs created per Mowgli Entrepreneur across the MENA region.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">"Mowgli and Lafarge are well aware of the unemployment challenge within the MENA region, with 25% of the population below the age of 25 and 27% of 15-24 year olds unemployed according to recent statistics. The need for sustainable job and economic creation is growing, and with the rapid population growth and a bloated public sector, the Mowgli mentoring program can help unlock the economic potential of Egypt's entrepreneurs," concluded Pekenc.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Lafarge Egypt is proud to be involved in programs to improve education and increase job creation across the country. In 2012, a literacy program was created for the women of Ezbet and Arab El Walda in tandem with a sewing centre, which provided employment opportunities for the same women.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong><span style="color: #008000;">Notes to Editors:</span></strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong><span style="color: #008000;">About Lafarge</span></strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">A world leader in building materials,&nbsp;Lafarge&nbsp;employs 65,000 people in 64 countries, and posted sales of &euro;15.8 billion in 2012. As a top-ranking player in its Cement, Aggregates and Concrete businesses, it contributes to the construction of cities around the world, through its innovative solutions providing them with more housing and making them more compact, more durable, more beautiful, and better connected.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">With the world's leading building materials research facility, Lafarge places innovation at the heart of its priorities in order to contribute to more sustainable construction and to better serve architectural creativity. Since 2010, the Lafarge Group has been part of the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index, the first global sustainability benchmark in recognition of its sustainable development actions. More information is available on Lafarge's website:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.lafarge.com/" target="_blank" title="">www.lafarge.com</a></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong><span style="color: #008000;">About SFD</span></strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The Social Fund for Development was established by Presidential Decree in 1991 as a socio-economic safety net to combat unemployment, alleviate poverty, improve living conditions and accelerate comprehensive socio-economic development. The SFD is one of the State's major entities mandated to supporting micro and small enterprises MSEs and providing an integrated package of financial and non-financial services for small entrepreneurs. It is also entrusted with coordinating efforts with all MSEs development institutions and stakeholders in view of adopting policies required for their promotion pursuant to Law 141/2004.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">SFD operates through a network of&nbsp; regional offices stretching out in all the governorates of Egypt with one-stop-shop (OSS) service complexes annexed to each to guarantee an efficient lending process and simplified administrative procedures (licensing, commercial registry, tax cards...). It also implements a variety of human, community and labour-intensive infrastructure development projects in rural areas in conjunction with donor agencies.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Website: <a href="http://www.sfdegypt.org/" target="" title="">www.sfdegypt.org</a></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong><span style="color: #008000;">About Mowgli</span></strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The Mowgli Foundation is an award winning, UK-headquartered mentoring organisation, established in 2008 by successful serial entrepreneur Tony Bury, in response to the need for job creation and sustainable economic and societal development in the MENA region as well as in UK communities.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Mowgli provides mentoring that inspires, connects and guides entrepreneurs and leaders to overcome life's personal and business challenges through:</p> <ul class="unIndentedList" style="text-align: justify;"> <li> Interactive, experiential and transformational 'Kickstart' workshops</li> <li> A unique environment for accelerated relationship building, mentor training and matching </li> <li> Engagement within a learning and mentoring focused global alumni network</li> </ul> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 0.814em; background-color: #ffffff; line-height: 1.231;">Mowgli has an alumni with over 1200 members and has matched over 500 entrepreneurs with trained mentors in 12 countries; Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Qatar, Syria, Tunisia, Yemen and the UK. In December 2012, Mowgli was recognised with the Mohammed bin Rashid Award for Young Business Leaders Award for the &lsquo;Best Mentor Network in the Arab Region'. More information is available on Mowgli's website: </span><a href="http://www.mowgli.org.uk/" target="" title="" style="font-size: 0.814em; line-height: 1.231;">http://www.mowgli.org.uk</a></p><img src="/wps/wcm/connect/50946f0042e6a4a48d07cd9b0a13d90d/web+3.jpg?MOD=AJPERES&amp;CACHEID=50946f0042e6a4a48d07cd9b0a13d90d" alt="" /> Wed, 12 Feb 2014 08:40:33 GMT http://get.xiti.com/url.xiti?www.lafarge.com.eg/wps/portal/eg/en/7_2-PressRelease?WCM_GLOBAL_CONTEXT=/wps/wcm/connectlib_eg/Site_eg/AllPR/PressRelease_1392189167996/PR_EN#181548825&amp;amp;xts=448029&amp;xtor=RSS-10 2014-02-12T08:40:33Z Lafarge’s Urban Renewal a Major Theme at InterBuild Egypt 2013 http://get.xiti.com/url.xiti?www.lafarge.com.eg/wps/portal/eg/en/7_2-PressRelease?WCM_GLOBAL_CONTEXT=/wps/wcm/connectlib_eg/Site_eg/AllPR/PressRelease_1374409284331/PR_EN#1044913215&amp;amp;xts=448029&amp;xtor=RSS-10 <p style="margin-left: -9.0pt; text-align: center;" class="MsoNormal" align="center"><em><span style="font-size: 14pt; line-height: 115%; font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif;" lang="EN-GB">The World&rsquo;s Leader in Building Materials Reached out to Stakeholders at Region&rsquo;s Foremost Industry Event</span></em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p><p style="text-align: justify;"><strong><span style="font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 115%; font-family: " lang="EN-GB">CAIRO, Egypt &ndash; July 15, 2013:&nbsp;</span></strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Urban regeneration was one of the main themes running through the region's foremost annual construction event, InterBuild Egypt 2013, which concluded in Cairo last month</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The world's leader in building materials, Lafarge, played a significant role at the show, as it promulgated its vision of city renewal and rejuvenation. Lafarge, which specialises in cement, construction aggregates and concrete, was one of the main exhibitors at the show, which took place at Cairo International Convention and Exhibition Centre, Egypt from June 20-24. The company hosted a number of seminars and meetings to share its plans for suburban development throughout the country.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">"InterBuild Egypt is the largest construction exhibition for the Middle East &amp; North Africa and as such was the perfect forum for us to communicate our plans for rebuilding cities and urban environments across the country," said Ghandi Gharaibeh, Marketing Director, Lafarge Egypt. "Globally, the Middle East is the fastest growing market for construction and allied industries and the largest single market in the region is Egypt, so we were able to generate a huge response to our messaging from this platform from both our existing stakeholders and from potential future partners visiting the show," Gharaibeh added.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Lafarge is arguably having the biggest impact in Egypt of any construction organisation with a presence in the country. The company employs more than 3,000 people and is the leading producer of building materials in the country. It operates the largest cement factory in Egypt - the second largest in the world - and projects built using Lafarge cement include the American University in Cairo, Luxor Airport and the Cairo subway, as well hospitals, bridges, roads and monuments, which form an integral part of the country's landscape.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">One of Lafarge's main goals over the next five years is to efficiently contribute to building low-cost housing for poor communities in Egypt over the next five years. It aims to achieve this affordable housing project in partnership with private sector stakeholders whom it is currently reaching out to.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">"Egypt's entire population lives on just 5.5 per cent of the country's land, with 45 per cent of its citizens crammed into urban areas. It is estimated that 14 million people will be added to the urban population over the period 2005-2020, so urban development is essential if we are to meet the demand for housing," said &nbsp;Ghandi Gharaibeh. "Lafarge's impressive track record of playing a leading role in the construction of Egypt's infrastructure is now expanding to affordable housing programmes that will help build communities. As a regional forum, InterBuild Egypt has been integral to this vision," Ghandi Gharaibeh added.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;" class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">InterBuild Egypt 2013 was the 20th edition of the exhibition. This year 1030 exhibitors showcased their products and services in over 30 categories, utilising 30,000 sqm floor space. It was estimated that 150,000 visitors attended the exhibition, 50 per cent of which were decision makers.</p> Mon, 15 Jul 2013 13:11:09 GMT http://get.xiti.com/url.xiti?www.lafarge.com.eg/wps/portal/eg/en/7_2-PressRelease?WCM_GLOBAL_CONTEXT=/wps/wcm/connectlib_eg/Site_eg/AllPR/PressRelease_1374409284331/PR_EN#1044913215&amp;amp;xts=448029&amp;xtor=RSS-10 2013-07-15T13:11:09Z LAFARGE DELIVERS PRODUCTS AND SOLUTIONS TO BUILD BETTER CITIES http://get.xiti.com/url.xiti?www.lafarge.com.eg/wps/portal/eg/en/7_2-PressRelease?WCM_GLOBAL_CONTEXT=/wps/wcm/connectlib_eg/Site_eg/AllPR/PressRelease_1366011671423/PR_EN#1298893541&amp;amp;xts=448029&amp;xtor=RSS-10 <p><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> 1024x768 </xml><![endif]--></p> <p><strong><span style="color: #008000;">CAIRO, Egypt - April 11, 2013:</span> </strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Today Lafarge Egypt has unveiled its commitment to promote sustainable construction and meeting the challenges of urbanization in an effort to <em>Build Better Cities.</em></p> <p><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE AR-SA </xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 10]> <style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-qformat:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:Arial; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;} </style> <![endif]--></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p><p style="text-align: justify;">Urbanization is one of the biggest challenges of the 21<sup>st</sup> century. Over the next decade, cities will change substantially as population growth is anticipated to occur almost exclusively in urban areas. By 2050, 70% of the world's population will be living in towns and cities, compared with just over 50% today, resulting in two billion more city-dwellers.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Development at this unprecedented scale will be a major challenge for the whole construction industry, including in Egypt where 45% of the population is living in urban environments. Over the period 2005 - 2020, 14 million will be added to the urban population in the country at a rate of almost 1 million per year.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">"We want to play our part in the improvement of towns and cities, helping people to access better quality housing at a cost they can afford, with a lesser impact on nature, thanks to innovative products and solutions to support our customer needs," commented Erdogan Pekenc, CEO of Lafarge Egypt.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">With a population of 90 million and growing, Egypt has one of the largest domestic markets in the region. Alongside its partners, Lafarge will be a major contributor towards developing enhanced urban environments with a unique range of products, services and construction systems in a number of key areas. These include more housing in cities, promoting housing for all and in particular affordable housing, and more connected cities by supporting the development of all infrastructures - roads, airports, stations, bridges, tunnels.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Sixty percent of Egypt's 90 million citizens are under the age of 30, and there are 600,000 new marriages each year.&nbsp; The population is growing at the rate of almost two percent a year - with the urban population expanding at over three percent.&nbsp; It is estimated that to keep up with demand, about 440,000 to 600,000 new housing units will be needed annually between now and 2020.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Mr. Pekenc added: "Our commitment towards <em>Building better cities</em> encompasses our overall ambition. Although our work in this area isn't new, we believe that by explicitly stating our purpose, we will be in a stronger position to work even more closely with our customers and stakeholders to the benefit of the living environments that surround us all."</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Innovation is at the heart of Lafarge's strategy.&nbsp; The Group dedicates more than &euro;100 million to R&amp;D every year and benefits from a unique research center in France with 250 employees of over a dozen nationalities with 70 PhDs in total. Three Construction Development Labs have been launched in the last two years (in France, China and India) with plans for another 10 to be established by 2015 to help promote local innovation and assist in the local adaptation of innovative solutions.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Thanks to its innovative products and services encompassing all its businesses - Cement, Aggregates and Concrete - Lafarge Egypt operates in the closest proximity to its markets and offers solutions that contribute to meeting the many challenges posed by the urbanization of the planet.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Lafarge has a very strong presence in Egypt, where it currently operates the second largest cement plant in the world with a production capacity of 10 million tonnes per year, in addition to its leading activities in aggregates, concrete and bags, with more than 3000 Egyptians on staff.</p> <p 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mso-para-margin-bottom:10.0pt; mso-para-margin-left:0in; line-height:115%; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;} </style> <![endif]--> <p style="mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; text-align: justify; line-height: normal;" class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 8.0pt; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">A world leader in building materials, </span><span style="font-size: 12.0pt; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><a href="http://www.lafarge.com/wps/portal/1_2_1-Lafarge_en_un_clic" target="" title=""><span style="font-size: 8.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 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As a top-ranking player in its </span><span style="font-size: 12.0pt; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><a href="http://www.lafarge.com/wps/portal/4_3-Ciment" target="" title=""><span style="font-size: 8.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt; color: blue;">Cement</span></a></span><span style="font-size: 8.0pt; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">, </span><span style="font-size: 12.0pt; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><a href="http://www.lafarge.com/wps/portal/4_4-Granulats" target="" title=""><span style="font-size: 8.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt; color: blue;">Aggregates</span></a></span><span style="font-size: 8.0pt; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"> and </span><span style="font-size: 12.0pt; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><a href="http://www.lafarge.com/wps/portal/4_5-Beton" target="" title=""><span style="font-size: 8.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt; color: blue;">Concrete</span></a></span><span style="font-size: 8.0pt; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"> businesses, it contributes to the </span><span style="font-size: 12.0pt; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><a href="http://www.lafarge.com/wps/portal/9-contribuer-a-des-villes-meilleures" target="" title=""><span style="font-size: 8.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt; color: blue;">construction of cities</span></a></span><span style="font-size: 8.0pt; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"> around the world, through its innovative solutions providing them with more housing and making them more compact, more durable, more beautiful, and better connected.With the world&rsquo;s leading building materials research facility, Lafarge places innovation at the heart of its priorities in order to contribute to more </span><span style="font-size: 12.0pt; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><a href="http://www.lafarge.com/wps/portal/3-Recherche_et_innovation" target="" title=""><span style="font-size: 8.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt; color: blue;">sustainable construction</span></a></span><span style="font-size: 8.0pt; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"> and to better serve architectural creativity. </span></p> <p style="mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; line-height: normal;" class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 8.0pt; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">Since 2010, the Lafarge Group has been part of the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index, the first global sustainability benchmark in recognition of its </span><span style="font-size: 12.0pt; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><a href="http://www.lafarge.com/wps/portal/2-Developpement_durable" target="" title=""><span style="font-size: 8.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt; color: blue;">sustainable development actions</span></a></span><span style="font-size: 8.0pt; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">. 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"It is projected that in 20 years' time when the current young generation has become part of the working-age population, this share of young will have only slightly lowered to 25 per cent, so there is a need to ensure that these families have access to good quality and affordable housing."</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Sixty per cent of Egypt's 84 million citizens are under the age of 30 and there are 600,000 new marriages each year, meaning that the population is growing at the rate of almost two per cent a year. It is estimated that to keep up with demand, about 440,000 to 600,000 new housing units will be needed annually between now and 2020, with urban populations in most need. The country's population lives on just 5.5 per cent of its land, with 45 per cent crammed into urban areas. It is estimated that 14 million will be added to the urban population over the period 2005-2020.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Lafarge will be working closely with the Egyptian Housing &amp; Building Research Center (HBRC) during the consultation and construction process to ensure that the latest techniques and developments are effectively utilised throughout.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;"The HBRC's aim is to improve the quality of housing in Egypt by ensuring the application of state of the art knowledge, facilities and skills," said Khaled El Dahabi , Chairman of HBRC. "We work under the auspices of the Ministry of Housing to promote the latest building technology, sustainability and environmental awareness.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">We were extremely proud to have been the co-creators of the Egyptian Green Building Council in 2009, as this is organisation that exists to maximise environmental care in construction," he added.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The government's investment for housing for 2012/ 2013 is Euro 3.9 billion, which represents an approximate 38 per cent increase from 2011/2012. The funding takes the lion's share of all funds allocated from the state budget, with transport receiving 25 per cent, waste water 16 per cent, drinking water 14 per cent and educational projects 13 per cent. Despite the heavy state investment, the private sector is still the main player in Egypt's housing market, currently contributing 76 per cent of supply.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">"The Social Housing Program is an extremely important initiative from the government, but to address the total gap in supply the private sector are going to have to be involved. For residential building investment, the private sector has 81 per cent of the total portfolio," said Mauran.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Lafarge already has a strong presence in Egypt, with its Egyptian site being the second largest cement factory in the world. The organisation is a major employer of Egyptians and is heavily involved in CSR projects, including serving as the country's main road safety sponsor.</p> Mon, 25 Feb 2013 17:35:14 GMT http://get.xiti.com/url.xiti?www.lafarge.com.eg/wps/portal/eg/en/7_2-PressRelease?WCM_GLOBAL_CONTEXT=/wps/wcm/connectlib_eg/Site_eg/AllPR/PressRelease_1361813690625/PR_EN#154353542&amp;amp;xts=448029&amp;xtor=RSS-10 2013-02-25T17:35:14Z Lafarge Promotes Sustainable Constructions Solutions in Egypt http://get.xiti.com/url.xiti?www.lafarge.com.eg/wps/portal/eg/en/7_2-PressRelease?WCM_GLOBAL_CONTEXT=/wps/wcm/connectlib_eg/Site_eg/AllPR/PressRelease_1331565591801/PR_Header_EN#913531348&amp;amp;xts=448029&amp;xtor=RSS-10 <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;Christophe Levy, a Lafarge International Expert in Sustainable Construction Visits Egypt This month!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p><p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;[Cairo, Egypt] <strong>W</strong>ith its long history of commitment to sustainable development, a pattern of resource use that aims to meet human needs while preserving the environment, Lafarge Egypt announced today the visit of Mr. Christophe Levy, Director of Sustainable Construction, Innovation and Systems in the Lafarge Group,&nbsp;to Egypt on 15th March 2012.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">During his visit, Levy will present the case of sustainable construction and demonstrate the advantages of implementing this approach for the social and economic development of Egypt.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Buildings are responsible for 40% of global energy consumption today. Sustainable construction provides solutions to address this challenge. Its importance is being recognized in more and more countries, where there is a considerable demand for new buildings, housing in particular, and for a wide range of infrastructures.&nbsp; &nbsp;Countries with growing economies are also serious about building a sustainable construction industry. It involves promoting an industry that is not only environmentally friendly, but economically and socially sustainable as well.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">With increased populations and accelerating growth in local economy, Egypt is well positioned to benefit from sustainable construction approach. This is particularly true in new inhabitant areas and low cost housing projects, where specific building products/systems, can be combined with architectural designs and urban planning schemes, adapted to local circumstances and habits.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; This will result in reducing consumption of finite natural resources (including water) and energy, raising the level and quality of employment, building cross-sectoral synergies, and of course providing affordable housing for all including the people on low incomes.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Sustainable construction is a driver for Lafarge innovation. More than 50% of Lafarge's R&amp;D is dedicated to themes related to sustainable construction.</p> Mon, 12 Mar 2012 16:50:06 GMT http://get.xiti.com/url.xiti?www.lafarge.com.eg/wps/portal/eg/en/7_2-PressRelease?WCM_GLOBAL_CONTEXT=/wps/wcm/connectlib_eg/Site_eg/AllPR/PressRelease_1331565591801/PR_Header_EN#913531348&amp;amp;xts=448029&amp;xtor=RSS-10 2012-03-12T16:50:06Z LAFARGE STANDS FOR PROMOTING ROAD SAFETY IN EGYPT http://get.xiti.com/url.xiti?www.lafarge.com.eg/wps/portal/eg/en/7_2-PressRelease?WCM_GLOBAL_CONTEXT=/wps/wcm/connectlib_eg/Site_eg/AllPR/PressRelease_1329156088996/PR_Header_EN#95086987&amp;amp;xts=448029&amp;xtor=RSS-10 <p style="TEXT-ALIGN: justify">&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p align="center"><strong>Signing New Protocol with the Egyptian Association for Road Traffic Victims&nbsp;</strong>&nbsp;</p> <p align="left">&nbsp;</p> <p><em>- The project emphasizes the role of public and private sectors in addressing key community issues </em></p> <p align="center">&nbsp;</p><p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>[Cairo - Egypt]</strong> Lafarge, the world leader in building materials with top ranking positions in all of its businesses: Cement, Aggregate and Concrete, announced its comprehensive strategy for boosting social development and participation in Egypt.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The first element of this strategy came in the form of signing a cooperation agreement with the Egyptian Association for Roads Traffic Victims (EARTV) held under the umbrella of the Ministry of Education. The protocol helped to set up a project aimed at raising road safety awareness among students of elementary schools in Egypt.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">In its pilot phase, the project is designed to qualify 300 teachers for raising the awareness of 3,000 students at twelve schools in Cairo and Alexandria. To help achieve this objective, Lafarge Egypt in cooperation with EARTV, have organized a number of symposiums and workshops and granted schools educational materials specially designed to educate children on traffic rules, ethics and regulations.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">"This initiative brings clear evidence on the importance of cooperation and partnership between private and public sectors, which can have very positive impact on better addressing issues of the Egyptian society, especially in the area of road safety", commented Mr. Mahmoud Al-Sherbini, first undersecretary of the Ministry of Education.&nbsp; According to Al-Sherbini, "Companies must join forces with the government, and extend a helping hand through implementing social responsibility programs."&nbsp; Al-Sherbini emphasized that Lafarge initiative for raising road safety awareness among different sectors of Egyptian society goes in line with the national objectives of the Egyptian government in this respect."</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Erdogan Pekenc, Chief Executive Officer, Lafarge Egypt, also voiced his enthusiasm and full support for the campaign saying "Lafarge is very delighted to work in association with Ministry of Education and Egyptian Association for Road Victims, to make safer roads in Egypt.<em>&nbsp; </em>Health &amp; safety is Lafarge's number one priority and we are committed towards creating healthy and safe environment for our employees, contractors and other stakeholders.<em>&nbsp; </em>We hope that such an effective campaign will deliver very<em> </em>important road safety message to parents, teachers and children".&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">For its part, Sami Mokhtar, board chairman of EARTV said "we are proud of our cooperation with Lafarge Egypt.&nbsp; The project comes to emphasize the role of non- governmental organization in addressing key community issues.&nbsp; We hope that we can see future initiatives aiming at reducing the number of victims of road accidents."</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Lafarge Egypt stood for this awareness raising responsibility, following the statistics of road losses reaching 7,000 victims in 2010; a 7.9% increase over the year before. In 2011 the company launched several road safety campaigns, including the famous cartoon episodes "Essam and the Lantern", in addition to a dedicated website designed to create awareness on road safety among the youth, www.mysaferoad.com&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">-ends-</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Notes to editors</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Lafarge</strong> is the world leader in building materials, with top-ranking positions in all of its businesses: Cement, Aggregates &amp; Concrete and Gypsum. With 76,000 employees in 78 countries, Lafarge posted sales of Euros 16.2 billion in 2010.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Lafarge was ranked 6th in the "Carbon Disclosure Project" and entered the global "Dow Jones Sustainability Index" in 2010 in recognition of its sustainable development actions. With the world's leading building materials research facility, Lafarge places innovation at the heart of its priorities, working for sustainable construction and architectural creativity.&nbsp; Additional information is available on the web site at <strong><a href="http://www.lafarge.com/" target="" title="">www.lafarge.com</a></strong></p> Mon, 13 Feb 2012 18:42:36 GMT http://get.xiti.com/url.xiti?www.lafarge.com.eg/wps/portal/eg/en/7_2-PressRelease?WCM_GLOBAL_CONTEXT=/wps/wcm/connectlib_eg/Site_eg/AllPR/PressRelease_1329156088996/PR_Header_EN#95086987&amp;amp;xts=448029&amp;xtor=RSS-10 2012-02-13T18:42:36Z