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.

According to a press release from the Office of the Council of Ministers, the draft policy is divided into several sections and annexes and is in the formulation of a land management policy, which includes the land administration sub-sector, the land management sub-sector, the land and housing sub-sector, and the management and development of the construction sector and the coastal areas in Preah Sihanouk province.

According to the press release, the draft policy was formulated with a long-term vision for land management and use to support the physical, economic, social, environmental protection and sustainable management of natural resources, livelihood, health and happiness in the coastal areas of Cambodia.

“The draft policy on land management and use is intended to orient and define land management and land use in Preah Sihanouk province according to the new development model based on the geographical factors of the coastal areas, natural resources, environment, culture and the needs of socio-economic development in line with policies, laws and standard documents in force,” it said.

The document covers the territory within the boundaries of the administration of Preah Sihanouk province considered to be favourable and competitive areas including the coastal areas and areas along the Phnom Penh-Sihanoukville Expressway on National Road 4 within 100km of the Sihanoukville Autonomous Port.