Cambodia: The National Assembly passes Law on Construction to regulate construction sector and ensure technical standards and safety

Author: Narim Khuon, Khmer Times, Published on: 9 October 2019

"Parliament passes construction bill aimed at regulating sector", 8 October 2019

In a bid to improve safety standards at construction sites, the National Assembly ... passed the Law on Construction, which aims to further regulate the Kingdom’s booming construction sector.

It follows the construction building collapse in Sihanoukville ... that killed 28 people and injured 26 others, which resulted in at least four investors being charged for failing to meet technical standards...

The law contains 22 chapters and 111 articles aiming to improve management of the Kingdom’s construction sector, enhance sustainable development and protect the interests of owners and users of construction sites. Its contents also aim to punish investors who cause deaths and injuries.

Article 90 stipulates that investors who break the law will receive warning letters. If they fail to improve, construction licences and permits could be suspended, buildings could be demolished and they could face fines and even imprisonment...

CPP lawmaker Cheam Yeap ... said he regrets the deaths of the people in the Sihanoukville building collapse.

Mr Yeap said development in the Kingdom has boomed and the Law on Construction is needed to strengthen the sector.

“Contents of the draft law will play important roles to strengthen law enforcement when they come into force,” he said.

... Land Management Minister Chea Sophara ... said the Law on Construction aims to increase accountability in the sector...

Chiv Sivpheng, general manager of the Cambodia Construction Association, said he welcomed the law.

Mr Sivpheng added that the Law on Construction is needed to improve the quality of buildings in the Kingdom...

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