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Title:Location and government protection: a note on the Zairian cement industry
Author:Saulniers, A.
Periodical:Cahiers économiques et sociaux
Geographic term:Congo (Democratic Republic of)
Subjects:business promotion
cement industry
Abstract:Examining the effect of various forms of government protection on the location of the Nigerian cement industry, Alan M. Hay in an article 'Imports versus Local Production: a case study from the Nigerian cement industry' (in: Economic Geography, 47 (1971), p. 384-338) showed that even when locational choices for plants at Port Harcourt, Lagos and Nkalagu were fixed by raw material sources, the government intervention necessary to keep the plants competitive also had locational effects. The case study presented here complements Hay's analysis by studying the fomation (1920-1940) of Zaire's cement industry. With the site of the first plant at Lukala determined by the presence of raw materials, government protection in the form of concessionary transport rates did not provide sufficient motive to locate elsewhere. Efforts to decentyralize must be based on a region's resources and not only on government action. Bibl., notes, table.