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Construction Law Being Built

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Buildings under construction in the center of Phnom Penh. Soon developers will have a law to abide by. KT/Fabien Mouret

A draft construction law has been completed and will soon be submitted to the Council of Ministers and may be enacted by the end of the year, but there needs to be a discussion and more feedback before sending it to the government to be enacted, Pen Sophal, a secretary of state at the Ministry of Land Management, Urban Planning and Construction, said yesterday.
“The draft has been completed already, but we still need to discuss it in a closed door meeting before sending it to the government to approve.
“The ministry has started drafting various regulations with the view of providing a sound framework for a safer real estate and construction sector, starting with the drafting of our construction law. Ultimately, our efforts aim at the adoption of a Cambodian Building Code for the elaboration of which we are now studying other existing codes,” he said.
He said this was to compete and strengthen national regulations and added that the private sector is an essential partner with the government.
“Because we are keen on receiving your inputs with regard to the drafting of our legal framework, which is why the ministry is regularly organizing consultations with the private sector in order to enable industry representatives to provide their feedback,” he said.
“There are about 300 articles of the draft of the construction law and we have taken models from many countries and adapted them to meet the requirements in our country,” said Sok Siphana, a senior advisor to the government. “Many laws from foreign countries do not fit the situation here, so I and the ministry have drafted a law [to fit Cambodia’s requirements],” he added.
Other regulations cover security and safety, he said, adding that the purpose is to have a comprehensive law that will ensure a healthy construction industry.
Po Eavkong, the managing director of Asia Real Estate Cambodia, welcomed the news of the draft law, saying it would provide a boost to the construction sector by generating more confidence in it.
“The law will provide more advantages, like construction standards, quality and technical assistance for the sector because it will create a system to manage the sector,” Mr. Eavkong said. “When the law is fully implemented, the construction ministry will use the law to monitor the sector and also strengthen quality and standards.”
A report last year by the UK-based Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICs) outlined a number of key recommendations on what the Cambodian government could do to improve building standards. RICs has also provided proposals to assist the government in carrying out these recommendations, some of which are already underway, according to officials.

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