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More Regulations for Foreign Construction Projects: Ministry

May Titthara / Khmer Times Share:
The government warned construction companies who violated Cambodian building laws. KT/Mai Vireak

Foreign construction companies were warned not to violate Cambodia’s building laws during a meeting yesterday to review a number of projects that had been approved by the government.
Chea Sophara, the Minister of Land Management, Urban Planning and Construction, approved 47 projects submitted to his ministry from 2014-2015 and held a meeting yesterday to review the projects.
Mr. Sophara also warned foreign companies about violating the Kingdom’s construction regulations and said he would have letters sent to relevant embassies making the transgressions of some companies known.  
More than 69 projects were initially submitted to Mr. Sophara’s ministry, he said, but 22 lacked the required legal paperwork. The minister also announced a commission would be set up in order to regulate construction sites.
“For all foreign companies that are violating construction laws, the ministry will send a letter to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs asking them to send a diplomatic note the embassy of the company in question in order to give a warning to that company,” Mr. Sophara said.
He added that his ministry would ensure the heights of proposed factory projects allowed for sufficient airflow within them, and that factories’ front doors adhere to standards to prevent “incidents” and to avoid traffic jams and accidents in the streets in front of them.
Proposed markets must include adequate drainage systems to help with cleaning.
“Official technical experts in this matter must do more research about legal procedures of issuing fines in other counties concerning construction companies violating the law,” the minister said.
Tia Chanlyda, a ministry deputy secretary of state, said during the meeting that the slow speed of the implementation of legal standards on construction sites is due to a gap between management and technical supervision, as well as a knowledge gap on the part of local authorities that makes them unable to police legal breaches.
 “These kind of gaps, they are risks in the management of the construction sector, they grow bigger and bigger at the same time that construction is spreading everywhere. I, as well as other leaders, government officials and people at large, are committed to speeding up and cleaning up all public services that were slow before,” Mr. Chanlyda said.
Ministry spokesman Mr. Seng said the projects approved by the minister were varied.
“He has been examining all kinds of projects submitted for construction, and now he is examining more projects,” the spokesman said.
A database including all construction projects has been created, he added, allowing for easy access to the background stories of each new building and its owner.
A report released by the ministry said it had approved 2,305 construction projects totaling 7,686,112 square meters of land over the course of its existence. It added that investment in the construction sector increased 33.14 percent between 2014 and 2015.

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