Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Plans for Sihanoukville unfinished buildings in pipeline

Plans for Sihanoukville unfinished buildings in pipeline

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Buildings under construction in Sihanoukville in 2021. Hong Menea

Plans for Sihanoukville unfinished buildings in pipeline

A senior official at the Ministry of Land Management, Urban Planning and Construction said the problem of nearly 100 unfinished buildings under construction in Preah Sihanouk province will eventually be resolved as some building owners are gradually beginning work on them again, while the government also formulates a post Covid-19 re-development strategy.

Seng Lot, spokesman for the ministry’s General Department of Administration, said at an August 24 press conference on the ministry’s five-year achievements that the Covid-19 issue had affected development globally, not only in the Kingdom, so there have been added challenges to businesses of all forms, including with the real estate and construction sectors.

“As a result, we’ve had some unfinished construction projects in our country,” he said.

Most of the unfinished construction projects in Cambodia are in coastal Preah Sihanouk, rather than in Phnom Penh or the other provinces, and the delays in construction are mostly due to various companies’ access to capital due to the Covid-19 crisis.

Citing figures from the cadastral administration and provincial land management department, Lot said there are between 80 and 100 unfinished buildings in Preah Sihanouk.

“I am confident that this problem will be soon resolved. Currently, the government is launching a strategy for post Covid-19 re-development, and between that and new developments and life in the new normal with Covid-19, I believe that this problem won’t last long,” he said.

Lot confirmed that because of the growth of the construction sector in Cambodia from 2008 until now, government management and oversight of projects is highly necessary and there will be penalties imposed on developers for violations like unfinished buildings.

“The goal is to ensure that all construction is safe, beautiful, and respects public order and the environment too. Those are the main goals that we are trying to reach related to construction work,” he said.

According to a ministry report presented at the conference, in the last five years investment in the construction sector reached a high of 19,322 projects with a construction area of 71,459,233sqm and investment capital of over $3.148 billion.

The report stated that from 2000 through the first half of this year, the ministry approved 57,590 construction projects with 166,623,891sqm and investment capital of over $6.62 billion nationwide. Of that, there are 2,472 high-rise buildings over five floors in height and 482 large housing developments such as gated communities, known locally as borey.

In those two-plus decades, the ministry also provided construction licences to 3,244 design and construction companies and provided professional design and construction business certificates to 542 individuals.


  • Hong Kong firm done buying Coke Cambodia

    Swire Coca-Cola Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hong Kong-listed Swire Pacific Ltd, on November 25 announced that it had completed the acquisition of The Coca-Cola Co’s bottling business in Cambodia, as part of its ambitions to expand into the Southeast Asian market. Swire Coca-Cola affirmed

  • Cambodia's Bokator now officially in World Heritage List

    UNESCO has officially inscribed Cambodia’s “Kun Lbokator”, commonly known as Bokator, on the World Heritage List, according to Minister of Culture and Fine Arts Phoeurng Sackona in her brief report to Prime Minister Hun Sen on the night of November 29. Her report, which was

  • NagaWorld union leader arrested at airport after Australia trip

    Chhim Sithar, head of the Labour Rights Supported Union of Khmer Employees at NagaWorld integrated casino resort, was arrested on November 26 at Phnom Penh International Airport and placed in pre-trial detention after returning from a 12-day trip to Australia. Phnom Penh Municipal Court Investigating Judge

  • Sub-Decree approves $30M for mine clearance

    The Cambodian government established the ‘Mine-Free Cambodia 2025 Foundation’, and released an initial budget of $30 million. Based on the progress of the foundation in 2023, 2024 and 2025, more funds will be added from the national budget and other sources. In a sub-decree signed by Prime Minister Hun Sen

  • Two senior GDP officials defect to CPP

    Two senior officials of the Grassroots Democratic Party (GDP) have asked to join the Cambodian People’s Party (CPP), after apparently failing to forge a political alliance in the run-up to the 2023 general election. Yang Saing Koma, chairman of the GDP board, and Lek Sothear,

  • Cambodia's poverty cut in half from 2009 to 2019: World Bank report

    A report published by the World Bank on November 28 states that Cambodia’s national poverty rate fell by almost half between 2009 and 2019, but the Covid-19 pandemic recently reversed some of the poverty reduction progress. Cambodia’s poverty rate dropped from 33.8 to 17.8 per cent over the 10