MUMUPC Diary : July – August 2017

222 ethnic families receive land titles (03 July)

222 ethnic families receive land titles  (03 July)

About 222 Kreung ethnic families from four communities living in Ou Chum district, Ratanakiri province were granted a total 39 land titles with a combined land size of over 3.3 hectares. So far, MLMUPC is registering land ownership for minority families in four provinces including Mondolkiri, Ratanakiri, Kratie and Steung Treng. The ministry received 50 applications and certified the property owner titles to 18 communities. 

Construction investment surges in 1st Semester, 2017 (14 July)

Construction investment surges in 1st Semester, 2017 (14 July)

MLMUPC revealed that construction investment across the nation rose 27.44 percent in the first six months of this year compared to the same period last year. During the January to June 2017 period, the ministry approved 1,523 projects covering about 7.2 million square metres of landmass estimated to worth almost USD5 billion. In the 1st semester 2016, the ministry recorded 1,183 projects covering over 10.5 million square metres worth about USD4 billion. Within the first six month period of this year, it also granted construction permits to 14 boreys and 43 building projects of over five floors. From the year 2000 to June 2017, the data counted a total of 309 projects constructed on 13 million square metres worth USD4.7 billion invested in by foreign investors from 18 countries. Cambodia registered 1,006 construction-related firms, of which 408 of them are foreign enterprises.

All White Building families agree to relocate (15 July)

All White Building families agree to relocate (15 July)

All 492 affected families of residents living in the to-be-demolished White Building agreed to accept the compensation scheme from the Cambodian government and the developer in order to leave the building. The affected families all agreed to sell their units in the building for USD1, 400 per square metre. The Japanese developer Arakawa Co., Ltd invested USD23 millon in the land to build a 21-storey mixed-used structure worth USD80 million on the site. The firm started tearing down the dilapidated structure on 10 June, though the date of the completion of the demolition work is not known.

Ministry strengthens land registration work at commune level (27 July)

Ministry strengthens land registration work at commune level (27 July)

The issues of strengthening land registration and stamp duty for officials at the commune/district levels were discussed at the workshop on “The Role and Responsibility of Communal Administration for Land Registration and Stamp Duty.” The seminar was presided over by MLMUPC Secretary of State H.E. Lim Van. The meeting aimed to enhance the effectiveness of the land registration process and stamp duty responsibilities for heads of communes/districts and officials from Department of Land Management, Urban Planning and Construction, and Cadastral Departments at Preah Sihanouk, Kampot, and Koh Kong provinces. Over 230 attendees participated in the seminar.

27 families’ land disputes solved (03 August)

27 families’ land disputes solved (03 August)

The controversial land dispute ongoing since 2005 between 27 families and Sorakea Khmer Co Ltd; located in Ta Pet Village, Chrey Lors commune, Ponhea Leu district, Kandal Province has finally been resolved. With the intervention by H.E. Pheoung Sophorn, MLMUPC Secretary of State and other officials, both parties accepted the resolution to end the conflict peacefully.

Three costal development projects on track (11 August)

Three costal development projects on track (11 August)

MLMUPC Minister H.E. Chea Sophara, who is also the Chairman of National Committee for Coastal Management and Development, presided over a coastal meeting to review three coastal development projects located in Kampot and Kep provinces.

Minister meets Chevening scholarshipstudents (14 August)

Minister meets Chevening scholarshipstudents (14 August)

Senior Minister H.E. Chea Sophara gave advice and experience to a group of Cambodian students that won the Chevening Scholarship to study master’s degrees in the United Kingdom. The Minister wanted to ensure that the scholars will do their best to absorb knowledge from the Chevening master degree program for the academic year 2017-2018 that will commence in mid-September. He also wishes to see them returning with valued knowledge that will help contribute to the nation’s development and prosperity.

Ministry improves skills for local authorities on land disputes (15 August)

Ministry improves skills for local authorities on land disputes (15 August)

The Land Dispute Affairs department of MLMUPC hosted a training program on “Land Dispute Resolution Procedure” for commune/district authorities in Kampong Chhnang province. The two-day training course aimed to enhance the local authorities’ ability to effectively solve land issues for local citizens.

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