Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Kingdom’s first ‘smart city’ to be a magnet for investments

Kingdom’s first ‘smart city’ to be a magnet for investments

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Prime Minister Hun Sen said Sihanoukville has benefited from more than 5,000 smart lights, which illuminate the city while dramatically cutting power costs. Yousos Apdoulrashim

Kingdom’s first ‘smart city’ to be a magnet for investments

The government has high hopes that Sihanoukville will be the country’s first smart city and a magnet for foreign investment once coastal infrastructure development is completed.

Prime Minister Hun Sen said during a meeting on Monday that with the construction of new roads and infrastructure equipped with smart lighting and security camera installations, which has cost $300 million, Sihanoukville is now the first smart city in Cambodia and better than Phnom Penh.

“I can say that Preah Sihanouk province has become one of the leading smart cities in the country. Our main goal now is to make it into a multi-purpose city,” he said.

In urging other cities to opt for installation of smart lights, Hun Sen said Sihanoukville has benefited from more than 5,000 smart lights, which illuminate the city while dramatically cutting power costs.

Preah Sihanouk provincial Chamber of Commerce vice-president Khut Sophorn told The Post on Tuesday that the economy and the number of investors will soon increase in Preah Sihanouk province.

While it is known as a potential location for investment in all business sectors, it also has natural scenery and beautiful beaches, he said.

Oem Senghou, branch manager of Century 21 Zillion Holding in Preah Sihanouk province, said the area will be the main pillar of Cambodia’s economy and the real estate sector will grow even more in the future.

“Improved infrastructure and urban civilization will boost tourist arrivals and investment in Preah Sihanouk province,” he said.

Preah Sihanouk provincial administration spokesman Kheang Phearom said the current activities involving Sihanoukville’s infrastructure development and smart lighting equipment are not fully complete.

“Through the development of special infrastructure, especially the 34 roads that are being built, we expect Preah Sihanouk province will see continuous economic growth and attract national and international tourists as well as investors in many sectors,” he said.

MOST VIEWED

  • 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