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Construction investment rises sharply Investment in construction in the Kingdom during the first nine months of this year rose 83.6 per cent, according to data from Ministry of Land Management Urban Planning and Construction last week.

The data showed that during the first nine months of this year the ministry approved 1,357 construction projects involving 5,593,284 square metres of total construction area and worth US$1.8 billion. The same period a year earlier saw 1,689 approved projects over 3,228,799 square metres of total construction area and worth $999 million.

Lao Tepseiha, deputy director of the construction department of the Ministry of Land management Urban Planning and Construction, said it is the biggest-ever increase, and involves projects as diverse as satellite city development projects, apartment buildings, villas, houses, shopping centres, business centres, offices, educational institutions, and hospitals as well as banks, hotels, factories, warehouses, and petrol stations.

“The growth is a good sign for the construction sector in Cambodia, when foreign investors are very interested to invest in construction. It’s good for now and the future,” he said.

“I think that given economic growth, political stability, and good cooperation with our foreign partners, investment will grow higher than last year because there are lots of new applications requested to the ministry, higher than the applications in September,” he added.

He said increasing domestic investment due to confidence in the political stability in Cambodia is increasing.

“There are many people investing in residential construction projects: some people use housing loans to buy house and some use their own cash. These factors make investors feel more confident in their projects, especially projects in Phnom Penh,” he said.

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