Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Government reshuffles coastal managemet committee members




Government reshuffles coastal managemet committee members

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Minister of Land Management, Urban Planning and Construction Chea Sophara and his team inspect Prek Treng beach in Preah Sihanouk province’s Otres commune that has been illegally filled in. MINISTRY OF LAND MANAGEMENT, URBAN PLANNING AND CONSTRUCTION

Government reshuffles coastal managemet committee members

The government reshuffled members of the National Committee for Coastal Management and Development in late January, according to a government statement received by The Post on Tuesday.

Prime Minister Hun Sen continues to serve as the committee’s honorary president, while Minister of Land Management, Urban Planning and Construction Chea Sophara is the committee’s president. Minister of Environment Say Sam Al will be deputy president, while Minister of Tourism Thong Khon continues as the permanent deputy president.

Ministry of Land Management, Urban Planning and Construction spokesman Seng Lot told The Post on Tuesday that the reform was made as some members have to change positions or need to hold another position in a different ministry.

“As some secretaries of state at the ministries need to work in a different ministry or they need to take new positions, these people can no longer fulfil their old positions anymore, so new candidates from those ministries will replace them. In short, this is normal,” he said.

The government created the committee in February 2012 in order to prepare policies, strategic plans, master plans, action plans, programmes and other projects relating to the management and development of Cambodia’s coastal areas.

They are tasked with preparing laws and key principles to ensure the management, development and preservation of coastal areas with transparency, equity and environmental sustainability.

Monitor, prevent and take necessary measures in order to avoid all activities which affect the environment and natural resources at the coastal area.

Cambodian National Research Organisation (CNRO) director Sok Sokhom said the committee should accelerate its activities in preventing coastal land grabbing, a problem that has particularly plagued Preah Sihanouk province in recent years as it has undergone rapid development.

“In the past, the loss of coastal areas through land grabbing was properly challenged with legal measures,” he said.

MOST VIEWED

  • Vietnam: Tougher sentences for child abusers

    Several National Assembly (NA) deputies in Vietnam are calling for tougher penalties to be handed down to child abusers. They hope stricter punishments will act as a strong deterrent to prevent offenders committing further offences in the future. Extreme measures such as chemical castration were

  • Central bank to shun small US banknotes

    The National Bank of Cambodia (NBC) is considering not accepting smaller denominated US dollar banknotes – $1, $2 and $5 – from banks and microfinance institutions (MFIs) which it said are flooding its stockpile as the demand for those notes is low. While some banking insiders welcomed the move as

  • PM lauded in Covid-19 fight

    World Health Organisation (WHO) director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus sent a letter to Prime Minister Hun Sen thanking him for following the WHO’s guidance and commending Cambodia’s efforts in the fight against Covid-19. In his letter made public by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

  • Workers return, hope for salaries

    More than 600 factory workers in the capital’s Chaom Chao commune in Por Sen Chey district returned to work after the factory’s owner promised to pay their salaries in instalments until the middle of next month. On Tuesday and Wednesday, more than 600 workers gathered

  • Women detained for forcing kids to beg

    Two women were sent to Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Thursday for forcing six children to beg for money for several months at the Chhouk Meas market in Krang Thnong commune in the capital’s Sen Sok district. Phnom Penh Department of Anti-human Trafficking and

  • Vietnamese tents baffle border guards

    Kandal and Takeo provincial authorities bordering Vietnam have expressed concern after witnessing irregularities by the Vietnamese authorities, including the deployment of soldiers to erect 114 camps just 30m from the border. Takeo provincial governor Ouch Phea told The Post on Thursday that Vietnamese soldiers had erected 83