May 1996 - Asian Development Bank (ADB) gives a grant to Cambodia to be used
for revision of land legislation.
January 1997 - First ADB expert mission reviews the aspects of Cambodia's
January 1998 - The Cambodian government commissions a Land Legislation Task Force
to produce a draft land law.
May-June 1998 - ADB experts and the Task Force produce a draft land law.
The Task Force organizes an inter-ministerial seminar to consider the draft.
October 1998 - Oxfam GB Cambodia Land Study Project meets with the Land
Title Department to discuss a public education campaign about the existing Land Law
November 1998 - First meeting of the NGO/IO Land Law Working Group convened
by the Cambodian Bar Association.
December 1998 - ADB's Project Manager meets with the NGO/IO Land Law Working
NGO/IO Land Law Working Group expresses concern about the draft law. The group
sends letters to the government, ADB, Thomas Hammarberg and the Cambodia Donor Consultative
Group before the donor meeting in Tokyo. The Donor Group requests that the government
consult widely over revision of the land law.
March 1999 - NGO/IO Land Law Working Group finalizes its own proposal for
a revised draft land law. The group is invited to make a presentation about its concerns
to the Ministry of the Council of Ministers. Minister Sok An promises to consult
with the NGO/IO community about future major legislation.
April 1999 - Ministry of Land Management and Urban Planning requests clarification
of the NGO/IO Land Law Working Group's recommendations.
May 1999 - NGO/IO Land Law Working Group meets with the Ministry of Land
Management and Urban Planning and the Minister of Environment.
July 1999 - The Minister of Interior announces the establishment of Provincial
Land Dispute Settlement Commissions to solve land disputes.
August 1999 - Several meetings between NGO/IO Land Law Working Group and
ADB's land law consultant Heng Vong Bunchhat.
October 1999 -A revised draft land law is ready to leave the drawing board.