Urban poor more likely to lack titles: report

April 8th, 2015 , The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodia’s land-titling review process lacks transparency and clarity and is in danger of leaving behind Phnom Penh’s urban poor, according to a new report.

Since the Systematic Land Registration (SLR) program was established in 2002, the Ministry of Land Management, Urban Planning and Construction has granted about 3 million land titles, Ministry Land Administration Director Suon Sopha said at the report’s unveiling in the capital yesterday. Most of those titles, however, have been granted in rural areas. …

Sarah Taguiam and Pech Sotheary

Gov’t issues own dispute data

March 3rd, 2015 , The Phnom Penh Post

After heaping criticism on rights group Licadho for allegedly exaggerating the seriousness of Cambodia’s land rights crisis last month, the government has released its own annual report on land disputes. …

In a letter the following day, the Ministry of Land Management, Urban Planning and Construction said that its own figures showed land disputes had significantly declined over the past few years, from 990 cases in 2013 to 750 cases last year, after the ministry “resolved” 240 cases. But its annual report released yesterday offered different figures still. …

May Titthara

Licadho asked to show its data

February 23rd, 2015 , The Phnom Penh Post

Dismissing a recent report showing a sharp increase in land disputes, the government has said such conflicts are in fact decreasing and formally called on rights group Licadho to release its findings.

Licadho reported last week that it recorded about three times as many new land complaints last year than in 2013, affecting more than 10,000 families across 13 provinces. …

Taing Vida

Cracks leave tenants in fear

February 3rd, 2015 , The Phnom Penh Post

Residents of Phnom Penh’s historic White Building fled from their homes on Sunday night after large cracks suddenly appeared in the structure, which have been widely attributed to nearby construction work, sparking fears for their safety.

A group of officials from City Hall and the Ministry of Land Management, Urban Planning and Construction visited the building in Chamkarmon district yesterday morning and ordered that the construction of an 11-storey hotel backing onto the iconic apartment block to be temporarily halted. …

Sen David and Alice Cuddy

After hiatus, World Bank OKs proposal for new funding

November 19th, 2014 , The Phnom Penh Post

Officials at the World Bank, which in 2011 froze new loans to Cambodia amid a furore surrounding the Boeung Kak lake evictions, have approved preliminary proposals to issue funding for a project that could see families forcibly removed in Kampong Thom province.

Under the World Bank’s Land Allocation for Social and Economic Development II (LASED II) project, $25 million would be given to the Ministry of Land Management, Urban Planning and Construction. …

Loans were stopped over the bank’s support for a land-titling program that sparked outrage when Boeung Kak lake residents were forcibly evicted to make way for a concession granted to ruling Cambodian People’s Party Senator Lao Meng Khin. …

Daniel Pye and Mom Kunthear

One million hectares reclassified, gov’t says

October 27th, 2014 , The Phnom Penh Post

More than 1 million hectares of forest terrain and land leased by private companies has been put under government control since Prime Minister Hun Sen initiated a moratorium on new economic land concessions (ELCs) in May 2012, the Ministry of Land Management, Urban Planning and Construction has claimed. …

At least “370,000 hectares of land has been cut out of ELCs from 134 companies and more than 250,000 hectares of land has been cut from state-owned land and seized forest land,” the statement reads. …

May Titthara

Massive satellite city’s major boulevard nearing completion

October 25th, 2014 , The Phnom Penh Post

A key component of the enormous ING City satellite city south of Phnom Penh – Samdech Techo Hun Sen Boulevard – is nearing completion. …

It will also provide access to ING City – previously known as AZ City – which is being constructed on land reclaimed from the Boeung Tompun wetlands. The city will also be crossed by two other major arterial roads.

Meas Viriya, the vice director of Technical Department of ING Holdings, told the Post that the bitumen surface of the $51 million road would be laid in December and it would be in use before the Khmer New Year. …

Siv Meng

Cambodia holds construction, property expo as construction sector booms

September 10th, 2014 , Xinhuanet News

An international construction and property exhibition kicked off here, in the capital city of Cambodia, on Wednesday as the country’s construction continued enjoying strong growth, officials said.

Andrew Siow, chief executive officer of AMB Event-Cambodia, which organized the expo at the capital’s Diamond Island Exhibition Center, said more than 300 companies from 23 countries and regions have their construction and property products displayed at the three-day event. …

Xinhuanet News Staff

R’kiri row no drag on oknha title

August 15th, 2014 , The Phnom Penh Post

The Royal Palace has granted the prestigious title of oknha to politically connected businesswoman Keat Kolney, who has been locking horns for a decade with ethnic Jarai minorities in Ratanakkiri province over hundreds of disputed hectares.

Kolney – who is married to Chhan Saphann, an official at the Ministry of Land Management, Urban Planning and Construction, and is the sister of Deputy Prime Minister Keat Chhon – was appointed on June 11, according to the royal decree. The title was “requested by Prime Minister Hun Sen”. …

Chhay Channyda

Chinese company unveils development plan for eco-tourism farm in northeastern Cambodia

June 23rd, 2014 , Global Post

Macao’s Guo Hong (International) Investment and Development Co. Ltd was officially launched in Cambodia on Monday with an investment plan in developing a large- scale eco-tourism farm in northeastern Cambodia, the company’s Managing Director Wu Jinlong said. …

Global Post News Staff

Cambodia sees big jump in construction investment in first quarter

May 22nd, 2014 , Shanghai Daily

Cambodia’s construction sector received a total investment of 851 million U.S. dollars in the first three months of 2014, up 311 percent compared with 207 million U.S. dollars over the same period last year, the official figures showed Thursday.

During the January-March period this year, the Ministry of Land Management, Urban Planning and Construction provided licenses to 50 construction projects, up 39 percent from 36 projects over the same period last year. …

Shanghai Daily News Staff

Cambodia has 960 garment, footwear factories: labor minister

April 24th, 2014

Garment and footwear industry, Cambodia’s largest foreign exchange earner, currently consists of 960 factories, employing some 620,000 workers, labor minister Ith Samheng said Thursday.

The sector made a revenue of 5.5 billion U.S. dollars last year, accounting for around 80 percent of the country’s total exports, he told a workshop on strengthening the process of minimum wage setting.

Main buyers are from the United States and European countries. …

Asean - China Centre News Staff

Licadho data ‘not real’: gov’t

April 4th, 2014 , The Phnom Penh Post

The government yesterday accused Licadho of producing wildly misleading figures on land grabs, following the rights group’s announcement earlier this week that land conflicts in Cambodia have affected more than half a million people since 2000.

Speaking at a press conference yesterday, Sar Sovan, secretary of state at the Ministry of Land Management, Urban Planning and Construction, said the ministry does not accept the NGO’s findings, adding that the government has its own, more accurate figures. …

May Titthara and Alice Cuddy

Scepticism over social land grants

March 13th, 2014 , The Phnom Penh Post

Nearly a million hectares of land has been granted to ordinary Cambodian citizens through social land concessions (SLC) since May 2012, the government has claimed, though civil society groups have cast doubt on that high figure and questioned how many landless or evicted poor have really benefited from the scheme as intended.

The amount of land allegedly given away to families in a less than two-year period is not far off the total 1.23 million hectares of land granted in economic land concessions (ELC) to private firms since 1993, per recent Ministry of Agriculture figures.

According to a statement released by the Ministry of Land Management, Urban Planning and Construction in January and obtained by the Post yesterday, the government has given more than 930,000 hectares of land to villagers through SLCs since Prime Minister Hun Sen placed a moratorium on new ELCs in May 2012. …

“The ministry has the great honour of informing the public that the government has reclassified and cut a total of more than 930,000 hectares of land to offer to the people,” the statement reads.

“Nearly 280,000 hectares has been cut out of 116 economic land concessions, more than 200,000 hectares of land has been cut out of 18 logging concessions and more than 450,000 hectares of land has been cut out of state land and forest land.” …


May Titthara

Expansive Sihanoukville property development on schedule for completion in 2017

February 27th, 2014 , The Phnom Penh Post

Representatives of Borey Kuch Asia say the company has injected millions of dollars into an apartment and villa complex in Sihanoukville, and that the project will be completed in 2017, despite political uncertainties.

Borey Kuch Asia project manager Tous Sapheoun said the company spent two years working on blueprints between 2005 and 2007, when it cleared the land in preparation for development for what will be a decade-long project. …

Borey Kuch Asia occupies a total of 61.94 hectares in Mittapheap district, Sihanoukville city, and is centrally located not far from Sihanoukville’s three main beaches – Sokha Beach, Independence Beach and Ocherteal Beach. …

Sum Manet

Increased residential, office and retail demand fueling rise in construction imports

February 20th, 2014 , The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodia spent more than $414 million on imported construction materials to meet increasing demand in the local construction and property sectors last year – a rise of 7 per cent compared to 2012.

According to officials and industry insiders, the increased value of imports reflected steady growth of the construction and property sectors. They also suggested that the improving numbers were evidence that both local and foreign confidence continued to be high when it came to investing in the property sector, despite some domestic turmoil in the wake of national elections.

The Kingdom’s disputed election results in July of last year have continued to incite protests and some violence, but appear to have had little effect on business confidence or economic growth, which has remained steady. …

According to government data, the ministry approved 1,641 projects covering a total area of 7.5 million square metres, and a total value of $2.8 billion in 2013, or an increase of 31 per cent year-on-year.

In 2012 1,694 projects were approved, with a total area of 6.5 million square metres and total investment of $2.1 billion. …

Sum Manet