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

  • PM: No more quarantine for vaccinated travellers

    Cambodia is lifting all quarantine requirements for vaccinated inbound travellers entering Cambodia by air, waterway or land border checkpoints effective from November 15. Travellers will be required to take a rapid antigen test on arrival rather than waiting for the results of the lengthier polymerase chain

  • No payment required for travellers taking rapid Covid tests on arrival

    Ministry of Health officials said there would be no payment required for the rapid Covid-19 tests given to travellers who arrive in Cambodia from November 15 onwards after the quarantine requirement is lifted for fully vaccinated people. Health ministry spokeswoman Or Vandine told The Post on

  • General’s gun smuggling ring busted

    The Military Police sent six military officers to court on November 22 to face prosecution for possession of 105 illegal rifles and arms smuggling, while investigators say they are still hunting down additional accomplices. Sao Sokha, deputy commander of the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces and commander of

  • More Cambodians studying in US

    The number of Cambodian students studying at US colleges and universities in 2020-21 increased by 14.3 per cent over the previous year despite the Covid-19 pandemic, according to a recent US government report. The 2021 Open Doors report on International Educational Exchange showed that 848 Cambodian students studied

  • Cambodia, Thailand to discuss border reopening

    Cambodian authorities from provinces along the Cambodia-Thailand border will meet with Thai counterparts to discuss reopening border checkpoints to facilitate travel, transfer of products and cross-border trade between the two countries. Banteay Meanchey provincial deputy governor Ly Sary said on November 22 that the provincial administration

  • Police arrest Canadian with 167kg of drugs

    The Phnom Penh Municipal Court on November 15 placed a Canadian national in pre-trial detention in connection with smuggling and possessing 167kg of illegal drugs. Deputy National Police chief in charge of anti-drug enforcement Mak Chito told The Post on November 15 that the man was arrested