The Interior Ministry yesterday urged local officials across the country to speed up feasibility studies and have them submitted by the end of the year in order to establish new cities and districts.
Prak Sam Oeun, director-general at the ministry’s general administration department, distributed letters to all provincial and municipal governors on Tuesday.
Mr Sam Oeun said that local officials must be able to determine new administrative borders based on needs, challenges and management conditions.
He added that the ministry is aiming to create new jurisdictions prior to the 2019 provincial and district council elections.
“We would like to request to please accelerate your studies, prepare the form of administrative boundaries adjustment and create new cities and districts in order for the ministry to proceed,” he said in the letters.
Kampong Thom provincial Governor Sok Lou said yesterday that the ministry sent the letters to motivate local officials to adjust border demarcation.
He said that his provincial working group has been studying every district and every commune in Kampong Thom.
“This year, our working team has just received the letter from the ministry, so they are working on this task and will prepare a form to submit to the ministry soon,” Mr Lou said.
“As for Kampong Thom, I don’t know if there will be any border demarcations of any district, unless we get requests from local residents, then we will discuss it before submitting a final draft to the ministry.”
Currently, Cambodia has 25 provinces, including the capital Phnom Penh. There are 197 cities and districts, and 1,646 communes.
In 2013, six districts were carved out of Kampong Cham province to create the new Tboung Khmum province.