In a bid to improve administrative procedures and ensure safety in the face of an influx of Chinese investments in the region, Preah Sihanouk provincial governor Kuoch Chamroeun has requested that China to open a local consulate and a branch office of the Cambodia-China Journalist Association.
According to a statement published today on the website of the Preah Sihanouk provincial administration, Mr Chamroeun met with Chinese ambassador to Cambodia Wang Wentian at the embassy in Phnom Penh on Wednesday amid concerns on public safety with the rise of Chinese investment in the construction sector in the province.
“Preah Sihanouk provincial governor Kuoch Chamroeun requested Chinese ambassador to Cambodia Wang Wentian to open a branch of the Cambodia-China Journalist Association and a Chinese consulate in Preah Sihanouk province to cooperate with the provincial administration in disseminating information to Chinese nationals who are planning to invest and have been investing in this province,” it said.
The statement added that Mr Chamroeun in the meeting said Preah Sihanouk in the last two years has mainly been a tourism destination, adding that the province has seen extensive development in recent years.
However, along with development and investment, challenges have also risen, such as problems related to the construction of tall buildings, damaged roads and inadequate sewage and clean water systems.
“Preah Sihanouk provincial administration is developing a mechanism on the education and information dissemination on necessary procedures for investors to understand about the culture and society in Cambodia,” the statement further noted.
It added that Mr Wentian responded that the embassy will address the safety concerns in the province through the dissemination of information on construction materials and technical issues to investors