Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote has already gone continental with his cement production.

However, he plans to focus more on export of the commodity this year in a strategy sales push aimed at generating much-needed foreign exchange.

Dangote told Reuters he expected to have 8 million tonnes of cement to start exporting from July 2019.

The export drive would expand further from 2020.

“By next year we will start exporting more than 2 million tonnes of ammonia out of our 3 million tonnes’ capacity and we will export more than 35% of petroleum products and about 30 million tonnes of cement,” he said.

He did not identify which foreign markets he was targeting.

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Availability of hard currency in Nigeria would not be an issue provided oil prices stayed relatively buoyant.

“If the price of oil stabilizes at $60, I don’t think we would have any problem,” said Dangote, who according to Forbes is currently worth $10.5 billion.

“We are looking forward and making sure that we supply more forex in the domestic market,” Dangote said.

Nigeria used to spend around $2.5 billion a year to import cement but with increased investment it has become a net exporter.

Dangote said his firm, Dangote Cement, could earn about $600 to $700 million annually from cement export.

It has been expanding across the continent in recent years and already operates in 10 African countries, it has about 45% market share in sub-Sahara Africa with an annual production capacity of around 45 million tonnes.

Dangote Cement has been seeking to double that capacity.

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