Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Logs deal summit imminent

Logs deal summit imminent

Logs deal summit imminent

F OUR ministries will meet next week to work out measures for sustainable management of forests in Koh Kong and Pursat provinces, which may face exploitation under a memorandum of understanding signed by the government and a Malaysian company three months ago.

Local newspaper Samleng Yuvachun Khmer [Voice of Khmer Youth] reported on Nov 14 that the deal was concluded by Premier Norodom Ranariddh and Malaysia's Sambling Corporation in August.

"The Royal Government signed a deal in a 'rushed manner' with Sambling Corp., allowing the latter to exploit forest on 800,000 hectares of land in Koh Kong and Pursat provinces," said the paper.

An unnamed source at the Council of Ministers said that the memorandum was believed to have been signed by Ranariddh on his visit to Malaysia in August.

As the Post went to press, details of the memorandum could not be confirmed.

Environment Minister Mok Maret confirmed the deal, but said the number of trees to be felled and processed each year had not been determined.

He said the ministries of environment, finance, agriculture and commerce had been told about the memorandum and would plan sustainable forestry management in the Sambling concession.

"We must have a sustainable management of the forest. The forest exploitation must be conducted with firm respect for our country's environment," Maret said.

Ministry officials would meet probably next week to discuss the plans, he said.

"It will not be a problem [for the environment] if the trees are cut under sustainable management. But, if they continue to fall like they are now, the forest will disappear."

MOST VIEWED

  • WHO: Covid in Cambodia goes into new phase

    The World Health Organisation (WHO) in Cambodia said that Cambodia has reached a new phase of the pandemic with “decreasing case numbers, high vaccination coverage and a more transmissible circulating variant threatening a hidden surge”. In a press release on September 6, the WHO said that

  • 'Pursue your goals, reach out to me': Young diplomat tapped as envoy to South Korea

    Chring Botum Rangsay was a secretary of state at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation before being designated as the new Cambodian ambassador to South Korea. According to her official CV published on the foreign ministry’s website, she started her first government

  • International air visitor arrivals dip 93%

    The number of foreign tourists entering Cambodia through the Kingdom’s three international airports witnessed a sharp 92.5 per cent year-on-year decline in the first seven months of this year, according to the Ministry of Tourism. The airports handled 51,729 international tourists in the January-July period versus

  • School reopening ‘offers model for other sectors’

    World Health Organisation (WHO) representative to Cambodia Li Ailan said school reopening process should be used as a role model for reopening other sectors currently mothballed by the Covid-19 pandemic. Li strongly supports the government’s decision to reopen schools, saying it is a decision

  • Covid jab drive for 6-11 age group to begin Sept 17

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has permitted Covid-19 vaccinations for over 1.8 million children aged 6-11 across the country from September 17 in order for them to return to school after a long hiatus. Hun Sen also hinted that vaccinations for the 3-6 age group will follow in

  • Is Cambodia’s microfinance sector running its course?

    Economic growth and the strength of the banking system might have prompted a slow decline of the microfinance segment that has been raising a population ‘The MFI business model is over,” opined David Van, a Cambodian investment expert, recently. He felt that in a couple