CAIRO, EGYPT--(Marketwire - November 18, 2009) - OCI Fertilizer Group Signs Agreement for the Establishment of a Joint Venture with FITCO in Brazil for Fertilizer Trade distribution

Orascom Construction Industries (OCI) and FITCO International S.A. have decided to expand their existing strategic alliance by establishing a joint venture in Brazil to trade and distribute fertilizer products supplied by the OCI Fertilizer Group.

FITCO is one of the leading fertilizer trading companies with a strong market position in the Brazilian market and has a growing presence in several South American markets. In March 2009, OCI and FITCO signed an agreement for the supply and import of urea into Brazil. Year to-date, OCI and FITCO have supplied a substantial share of nitrogen fertilizer needs in Brazil. The new joint venture agreement with FITCO is a major part of the OCI Fertilizer Group's strategy to establish long-term partnerships with key distributors in strategic import markets and to implement its direct sales into the Brazilian market.

FITCO Managing Director, Marcelo Simionato, commented: "we believe that the new joint venture shall provide a platform for further growth in Brazil and potentially other South American markets. We will continue to evaluate new opportunities through the newly established joint venture to better attend our clients in the region."

OCI Chief Executive Officer, Nassef Sawiris commented: "the strategic alliance agreement announced earlier this year for the supply of granular urea fertilizer to the Brazilian market has been very successful. By creating this new jointly owned trade and distribution business, we have strengthened our partnership with FITCO which will enable OCI to have a permanent presence in Brazil."

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Omar Darwazah                       OCI stock symbols: OCIC.CA / ORCI
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Erika Wakid                         Orascom Construction Industries
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