In a bid to improve administrative procedure and ensure safety in the face of an influx of Chinese investment in the region, Preah Sihanouk provincial Governor Kuoch Chamroeun has requested that China open a local consulate and a branch office of the Cambodia-China Journalist Association.
According to a statement published yesterday by 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.
“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 meeting came in the wake of a deadly building collapse which claimed the live of 28 construction workers.
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 noted.
It added that Mr Wentian responded that the embassy will address safety concerns in the province through the dissemination of information on construction materials and technical issues to investors.
Mr Chamroeun yesterday confirmed that he met with Mr Wentian to discuss several problems, but declined to comment any more details.
He only noted that on Saturday, the province is holding a clean-up in Sihanoukville and urged residents to join in the activity.
Separately, authorities in Sihanoukville on Tuesday demolished two buildings being constructed without permission on O’tres I beach.
The buildings, which were being built with steel beams, were demolished in two locations along the beach over concerns that they were not safe and their construction would affect the environment.