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Forum highlights sustainability opportunities

Poovenraj Kanagaraj / Khmer Times Share:
(From left) Sim Sitha, Nuon Pharat, Jerome Fakhry, Pheap Sovanvichily, Melanie Mossard are the speakers for the second session of the forum. Supplied

Eurocham yesterday held the fifth edition of its landmark Green Business Forum, an event that seeks to promote innovative and sustainable business models.

The event, held at Sofitel Phnom Penh Phokeethra, featured speakers from the government and the private sector discussing waste management, eco-friendly building designs, and affordable housing, among other topics.

Phan Phalla, undersecretary of state at the Ministry of Economy and Finance, opened the event by highlighting that sustainability and inclusivity initiatives are top priorities for the government.

“Sustainability should be viewed as an opportunity rather than a burden,” he said, urging developers and entrepreneurs to approach challenges with innovative models and strategic partnerships.

Mr Phalla pointed out that the government’s Rectangular Strategy emphasises sustainable growth and that the Ministry of Environment is working to develop a waste management policy to tackle the country’s trash problems.

“The government has been pushing for a reduction in plastic bag use,” Mr Phalla said, referring to a recent move by the government to curb plastic bag imports as well as their production and distribution.

Ing Susanne Bodach, managing director of Bee Green Building Consulting Cambodia, said that only seven buildings in Phnom Penh are certified green, pointing out that the number of eco-friendly buildings in neighbouring countries has been growing at a much faster rate.

She highlighted the need for more green buildings in the Kingdom and asked developers to consider eco-friendly designs.

Other panelists included Nuon Pharat, Vice Governor of Phnom Penh, Sear Rithy, chairman of Worldbridge, and Andeol Cadin, chairman of Eurocham Green Business Committe.

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