Urban administration and development
Urban policy and administration
Preah Sihanouk special economic zone policy draft approved
The Council of Ministers on January 13 examined, discussed and agreed to the draft policy on land management and use to convert Preah Sihanouk province into a “Model Multi-Purpose Special Economic Zone” with planning to that end from 2022-2038. ...
Phnom Penh 2035 master plan updated
Phnom Penh municipal governor Khuong Sreng said the updating of the 2035 Phnom Penh master plan is to facilitate the provision of systematic land ownership to people more quickly and efficiently. ...
New traffic legislation on the way
A complete new set of road traffic laws is expected to be introduced to the parliament later this year after passing through many working groups and reaching Minister of Interior Sar Kheng for final review. ...
Government approves the Japanese SmartCity initiative in principle
The establishment of the Asean-Japan Smart City Network and of a Private-Public Forum on Asean-Japan urbanisation development in Cambodia may soon be a reality after the government approved the initiatives in principle, according to a Council of Ministers letter. ...
Factories ‘don’t need to move’
The owners of existing factories, warehouses and other businesses in the capital that rely on large lorries to move their products will not have to relocate to the outskirts of the city. The decision came after the Phnom Penh Municipal Hall and the Garment Manufacturers ...
Businesses asked to relocate
The Phnom Penh Municipal Hall has requested owners of factories, enterprises, warehouses and garages to relocate to the outskirts along the capital’s third ring road, which is still under construction and expected to be completed by 2021. It said the facilities’ locations in the city ...
Date set for annual clean city day
The government has set February 27 as annual National Clean City Day to remind people to care for the country’s urban areas. Prime Minister Hun Sen made the announcement in a letter to mark the 6th anniversary of National Clean City Day, which has been ...
Call to review White Building plan
The Ministry of Land Management is to create a committee to plan and review development of Phnom Penh’s iconic White Building. Meanwhile, the sale or transfer of ownership of the building has been blocked temporarily for the committee to collect details of the people living there. ...
Doubts surround Phnom Penh’s master plan
Last Friday, Phnom Penh’s master plan until 2035 was fully approved by the council of ministers, as announced by Pa Socheatvong, governor of Phnom Penh. While it is claimed that the plan is complete, those in the private and public sector and other relevant stakeholders ...
Julius Thiemann, Siv Meng and Moeun Nhean
Cambodia campaigns against plastic
Cambodia launched a campaign, late last week, to reduce the use of plastic bags and plastic waste that is littering streets in an effort to make the country more environmentally friendly for both local residents and visitors. ...
The Fatal nature of garbage dumps
On the outskirts of Phnom Penh once stood a smoldering testament to mankind’s assault on the Earth. Stung Meanchey was the largest waste disposal site in Cambodia, the size of 76 football fields. Scavengers sifted through 900 tons of new waste delivered each day, amid ...
Korean firm plans JV expressway to Sihanoukville
Cambodia’s Global CAM Project Development Plc on Friday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Korea’s Green Eco Energy Co. Ltd. to build a high-speed expressway from Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville, executives from the two firms said. ...
Cintri in contract negotiations with all Phnom Penh districts
Phnom Penh’s beleaguered trash-collection company, Cintri, is in the process of creating new contracts with each of the city’s 12 districts, an official from the firm said on Thursday. ...
Sek Odom and Anthony Jensen
Ministry’s ‘gentle nature’ leaves unclear endings in the Capital
With the construction industry growing at a dizzying pace as the sound of buzz saws and jack hammers relentlessly permeate the capital while announcements of massive developments become a weekly affair, many unanswered questions remain to what can be done regarding halted projects—most notably the ...
Trash piling up in temple town
Residents of Wat Damnak village, just one kilometer from Pub Street, still resort to burning their rubbish when trash collection is slow. ...
Naomi Collett Ritz
Thai company proposes parking lot plan
After Phnom Penh City Hall announced last month that bus stations must be moved outside the city by next year, a Thai company put forward a proposal on Tuesday to invest in bus parking lots on the city’s outskirts, according to the municipality. ...
Authorities cut down promo ads blocking sidewalks
Phnom Penh authorities are purging the streets of illegal outdoor advertisements that they say are clogging up the city’s sidewalks. ...
Bus depots will move to city outskirts in bid to ease traffic
Phnom Penh governor Pa Socheatvong held a meeting with the city’s bus companies Thursday to inform them that starting next year, their depots and pickup points must be located outside the city center as part of efforts to ease worsening traffic congestion. ...
Public bus system works, but needs improvement, riders say
For many residents of Phnom Penh, a public bus system makes sense. The traffic in the capital is crowded with cars, SUVs and motor scooters, making public transportation a good, affordable option. Right now, a bus system that started in 2014 is working, but many ...
NGO brings trash problem into greater focus
Phnom Penh’s ever-growing garbage problem is not going away, but on Friday its scope became clearer as the Asia Foundation presented two years of research into the city’s present and future solid waste generation, along with suggestions on how to cope with the mess. ...
Simon Henderson and Khuon Narim