CEMEX, S.A. DE C.V.

CEMEX, S.A. DE C.V.

January 06, 2005 18:39 ET

CEMEX Announces Aid to Tsunami Relief Efforts


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JANUARY 6, 2005 - 18:39 ET

CEMEX Announces Aid to Tsunami Relief Efforts

MONTERREY, Mexico--(CCNMatthews - Jan 6, 2005) -

CEMEX, S.A. de C.V. ("CEMEX") (NYSE: CX, BMV: CEMEX.CPO) announced today
several initiatives to assist with the tsunami relief effort in Asia,
including the creation of a fund in which any contributions made by
CEMEX employees will be matched two-for-one by the company, with a
minimum corporate contribution of $2 million. These funds will be
distributed through the United Nations to reach those areas with the
greatest need.

In addition to monetary contributions, CEMEX has undertaken several
additional initiatives to aid the relief efforts in Aceh and South
Sumatera. First, CEMEX Indonesia has designed and built the website,
www.acehcare.com, which provides updated information on news,
information, donation distribution reports and lists humanitarian
organizations receiving and distributing aid for the victims in Aceh and
South Sumatera. CEMEX updates the website regularly in coordination with
the National Coordinating Agency for Natural Disaster and refugees
Relief and relevant ministries.

Furthermore, CEMEX has donated US$15,000 to "Medecins Sans Frontieres"
(MSF), an international humanitarian aid organization that provides
emergency medical assistance to populations in danger in more than 80
countries. CEMEX Indonesia's employees have also provided technical
support to the Logistic Coordinator of MSF in several ways, including
the establishment of an office in Medan, close to Banda Aceh, providing
day-to-day information about the status of goods being delivered to Aceh
and what goods are needed most. Additionally, CEMEX employees have aided
in the purchase of various items being sent to Aceh. Finally, CEMEX is
working closely with the authorities in Thailand to provide assistance
in the search for survivors and victims of the tsunami.

"Like the rest of the world, CEMEX's employees are deeply concerned
about the tragedy in Asia, and thousands of them have donated their own
time and money to aid the communities hardest hit," said Lorenzo H.
Zambrano, Chairman and CEO of CEMEX. "We are honored to provide
technical, financial and volunteer support to the agencies working in
the area."

CEMEX is a leading global producer and marketer of cement and ready-mix
products, with operations primarily concentrated in the world's most
dynamic cement markets across four continents. CEMEX combines a deep
knowledge of the local markets with its global network and information
technology systems to provide world-class products and services to its
customers, from individual homebuilders to large industrial contractors.
For more information, visit www.cemex.com.

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