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Borey developers adjust strategies as sales decline

Condos and boreys have been experiencing a decline in sales, prompting developers to go back to the drawing board when devising financing strategies in a bid to lure back potential buyers. Nget Piseth, director assistant of Borey Piphup Thmey, said recently that residential sales in his project have decreased compared to the same period last year, causing the company to develop new tactics to attract those who are looking for houses. ...

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Plans underway for clearer guidelines governing landmarks and heritage buildings

As many tall buildings continue to pop up in Cambodia’s 500-year-old capital, ministries are continuing to place importance on preserving the cultural heritage of important historical sites and landmarks, ranging from ancient temples and monuments to pagodas and colonial buildings. ...

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$6 billion in building projects

During the past five years the government approved close to $6.83 billion worth of investments in 1,183 construction projects, according to a senior official from the Ministry of Land Management, Urban Planning and Construction. ...

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Railway land dispute escalates

Residents from villages in Phnom Penh’s Pur Senchey district gathered outside the Ministry of Land Management, Urban Planning and Construction yesterday to ask the prime minister and government to honor their titles to land they said had been claimed by Royal Railway. ...

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Residents assemble after land dispute

About 10 residents of Kandal province’s Mok Kampol district gathered in front of the Ministry of Land Management, Urban Planning and Construction yesterday morning to ask for intervention from officials in an ongoing land dispute. ...

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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 massive unfinished cement skeleton of the $240 million Gold Tower 42 at the corner of Sihanouk and Monivong Boulevard, the delayed $1.1 billion Booyoung Town and the $300 million Star River development along the Tonle Bassac river in Chamkarmon District. ...

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MEF strengthens property data to analyse the development sector

“I confess that the ministry hasn’t been able to control and achieve transparency in the real estate sector, but I can say that this sector has yet to show any signs of trouble,” Ngoun Sokha, secretary of state for the Ministry of Economy and Finance, said during Tuesday’s real estate seminar that was held under the title “Opportunities and Potential Risks in Developing Cambodia’s Property Sector”.

Government officials from the Ministry of Economy and Finance (MEF) and the Ministry of Land Management, Urban Planning and Construction (MLMUPC) met with the private sector with the mutual goal of information sharing in order to strengthen one the Kingdom’s fastest growing industries. ...

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Bubble trouble downplayed

Government officials and industry insiders downplayed concerns about the sustainability of the construction and real estate sector yesterday, although they agreed that closer monitoring of the industry was needed to understand risks to the economy.

At a meeting in Phnom Penh yesterday, officials from several ministries, including the Ministry of Economy and Finance (MEF) and the Ministry of Land Management, Urban Planning and Construction (MLMUPC), met with representatives from the National Bank of Cambodia and private developers, to discuss rising concerns of a property bubble in the real estate market. ...

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Weighing risk and reward on construction sites

As the booming construction sector attracts more rural Cambodians to seek employment in the capital, the different working conditions between high-rises in urban areas and borey developments have factored into varying degrees of earning potential and living standards.

According to estimates by the Ministry of Land Management, Urban Planning and Construction, there are 160,000 construction workers in the sector, while an ANZ report released earlier this year looked at the growth of wages between August 2013 and August 2014 stated that construction worker salaries varied from $8 a day for skilled labourers to $6 a day for unskilled workers. ...

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Japanese construction taking flight in capital

Japanese construction investment approvals are ranked third this year, behind China and Korea, accounting for $108 million in approved projects, according to Im Chhun Lim, minister of Land Management, Urban Planning and Construction. ...

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Construction permits slow in 2015, while total investment remains unclear

The amount of companies granted construction permits from the government are slowly decreased in 2015 compared to previous years while the government attempts to reform construction laws and regulations. ...

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New plan for low-cost housing

Cambodia's Ministry of Land Management is in the initial phase of a project to build affordable housing for the Kingdom’s low-income population. ... ...

Gov’t back for seconds at Licadho

For the second time in as many weeks, the Ministry of Land Management, Urban Planning and Construction has asked rights group Licadho to provide data collected on the identity of land dispute complainants. ... ...

Gov’t issues own dispute data

After heaping criticism on rights group Licadho for allegedly exaggerating the seriousness of Cambodia’s land rights crisis last month, the government has released its own annual report on land disputes. ... In a letter the following day, the Ministry of Land Management, Urban Planning and Construction said that its own figures showed land disputes had significantly declined over the past few years, from 990 cases in 2013 to 750 cases last year, after the ministry “resolved” 240 cases. But its annual report released yesterday offered different figures still. ... ...

Licadho asked to show its data

Dismissing a recent report showing a sharp increase in land disputes, the government has said such conflicts are in fact decreasing and formally called on rights group Licadho to release its findings. Licadho reported last week that it recorded about three times as many new land complaints last year than in 2013, affecting more than 10,000 families across 13 provinces. ... ...

Cracks leave tenants in fear

Residents of Phnom Penh’s historic White Building fled from their homes on Sunday night after large cracks suddenly appeared in the structure, which have been widely attributed to nearby construction work, sparking fears for their safety. A group of officials from City Hall and the Ministry of Land Management, Urban Planning and Construction visited the building in Chamkarmon district yesterday morning and ordered that the construction of an 11-storey hotel backing onto the iconic apartment block to be temporarily halted. ... ...

After hiatus, World Bank OKs proposal for new funding

Officials at the World Bank, which in 2011 froze new loans to Cambodia amid a furore surrounding the Boeung Kak lake evictions, have approved preliminary proposals to issue funding for a project that could see families forcibly removed in Kampong Thom province. Under the World Bank’s Land Allocation for Social and Economic Development II (LASED II) project, $25 million would be given to the Ministry of Land Management, Urban Planning and Construction. ... Loans were stopped over the bank’s support for a land-titling program that sparked outrage when Boeung Kak lake residents were forcibly evicted to make way for a concession granted to ruling Cambodian People’s Party Senator Lao Meng Khin. ... ...

Permits given for $2b of projects this year

Figures from the Ministry of Land Management, Urban Planning and Construction show that more than $2 billion worth of Cambodian construction projects have been given the green light so far this year. ... ...

One million hectares reclassified, gov’t says

More than 1 million hectares of forest terrain and land leased by private companies has been put under government control since Prime Minister Hun Sen initiated a moratorium on new economic land concessions (ELCs) in May 2012, the Ministry of Land Management, Urban Planning and Construction has claimed. ... At least “370,000 hectares of land has been cut out of ELCs from 134 companies and more than 250,000 hectares of land has been cut from state-owned land and seized forest land,” the statement reads. ... ...

Massive satellite city’s major boulevard nearing completion

A key component of the enormous ING City satellite city south of Phnom Penh – Samdech Techo Hun Sen Boulevard – is nearing completion. ... It will also provide access to ING City – previously known as AZ City – which is being constructed on land reclaimed from the Boeung Tompun wetlands. The city will also be crossed by two other major arterial roads. Meas Viriya, the vice director of Technical Department of ING Holdings, told the Post that the bitumen surface of the $51 million road would be laid in December and it would be in use before the Khmer New Year. ... ...
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