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International construction expo to focus on smart cities

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AMB Tarsus’ Andrew Siow speaks at the press conference yesterday. Supplied

This year’s edition of the Cambuild expo, to take place next month in Phnom Penh, will revolve around the theme of smart city planning, a concept given high priority by the government in its city development strategy.

Cambuild is the country’s biggest architecture, building, construction, and monitoring and evaluation (M&E) exhibition, and will be held alongside other fair trades and forums, namely Camwater, Camenergy, Camsecurity and Fire, Camproperty and the Cambodia International Ventilation, Air-conditioning and Refrigeration show (CIVAR).

Speaking at a press conference yesterday, Phuong Sophean, Secretary of State of the Ministry of Land Management, said smart city planning will take centre stage at the expo.

“By focusing on this concept, I hope that those in the building and construction sectors – from architects to designers, engineers and developers – will keep smart city planning in mind when developing new projects,” Mr Sophean said.

He said smart city planning is about making urban spaces safer, efficient, sustainable and more connected. “In short, better quality of life for those living in the cities,” he said.

“I encourage those in the industry to visit Cambuild’2018 where many smart technologies and materials will be exhibited,” he said, adding that the expo will showcase the latest in building management and security systems, energy efficient building materials, renewable energy systems, water treatment and management systems and smart air-conditioning equipment.

The second edition of the Cambodia Architects Forum will also be held during the expo, an event organised by the Board of Architects of Cambodia where international and local experts will deliver keynote speeches.

Andrew Siow, director of AMB Tarsus Events Group, said this year’s event will attract about 350 exhibitors and international brands from 23 countries, including China, Italy, Japan, Korea, Germany, Malaysia, Taiwan, Thailand, Singapore, and Vietnam.

“This time we will also do a business matching event so that foreign brands can find agents and distributors in Cambodia.

“Cambuild is the place to go to learn everything you need to know about technology, equipment and any construction solution in the Kingdom, as well as to meet and talk to experts,” Mr Siow said, adding that thousands of architects, developers, contractors, interior designers and building and factory managers, among others, will attend the expo.

The three-day event begins on September 12 and will be held at the Diamond Island Exhibition and Convention Centre in Koh Pich.

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