Governor Gives an Interview to Channel NewsAsia of Singapore
Friday, 28 Jan 2011 11:05
On 27th January 2011, Governor of Phnom Penh H.E KEP Chuk Tema
allowed Vertigo Pictures, a production company which is making documentations for Channel NewsAsia based in Singapore, to do interview at Phnom Penh Capital Hall.
This interview focused on the robust economic growth of Cambodia in recent years as well as its potentialities toward regional economic competition. Land policy for Phnom Penh development has also been an important subject in the interview which targets the development by turning anarchical areas into commercial and industrial zones.
Northern Part Development Master Plan
H.E Governor described step by step progress from the deliberation day 7th January until gaining full peace through win-win policy of Samdech Techo, Head of the Government, and rapid progress of double digits economic advancement leading to unavoidable population bust and self-development. Therefore, Phnom Penh Capital Hall has prepared Development Master Plan for 2020, dividing into residential, commercial, industrial, agricultural and green space areas.
In addition to development, traffic,
environment and residency are also challenging issues needed to be addressed by authorities. In response to questions concerning compensation to land owners affected by development projects, H.E Governor stressed that there are two types of development taking public and private investment approach.
Development basing on public investment related to the construction of roads, bridges and other public infrastructures which unavoidably impact land owners, and we have to pay compensation in accordance with Cambodia’s new land tax law and market price. But in case people illegally occupied state land, we put our decisions on circulation No.03 on temporary buildings on state land in which we will use charitable policy but not a compensation.
Whereas development basing on private companies, it comes to buying-selling between private companies and land owners which affect development projects under free market price. Therefore, compensation can be appropriately justified. Although a handful of people disagree with free market compensation policy, majorities view it as reasonable and acceptable because Phnom Penh Capital Hall executes development projects envisaging long future, that is to say long-term visions for majorities as in other democratic countries.
H.E Governor continued that Phnom Penh is the Capital of peace, security and social orders and its people are living harmoniously with good living standard. It is also the Capital of high economic growth, investment incentive for both local and foreign companies, and H.E set visions for Phnom Penh Capital City as a capital of beauty, clean environment, and famous tourist destination with competitiveness to again turn Phnom Penh into the Perl City in Southeast Asia in which people could gain benefits from this progress.