Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Cambodia Prepares Land Law’s Learning Materials for Local People


About 60 Cambodian officials from the Ministry of National Assembly-Senate Relations and Inspection, Ministry of Land Management Urban Planning and Construction, Ministry of Interior, related government institutions have attended in the consulting workshop on “Land Law’s Learning Materials Publishing” in Phnom Penh on October 22.

The workshop aimed to raise awareness about people’s rights and their duties in managing and resolving land conflicts in Cambodia. The event is also to increase and strengthen the ministry officials’ capacity in coordinating the publications and administration of learning materials effectively in Cambodia.

With the financial support from the World Bank (WB), the Ministry of National Assembly-Senate Relation and Inspection (MoNASRI) are now preparing leaning materials about land law’s key contents to distribute to people in the targeted areas to prevent the land dispute in the future.

Keo Kong, Director of the Good Governance Department and Director of the Demand for Good Governance Project in the Ministry of National Assembly-Senate Relations and Inspection said that currently the land dispute is still a main concern for Cambodian government and it is also the MoNSRI’s prioritized work in raising awareness to reduce the lands conflict in cities and provinces in Cambodia.

The Director continued to say that to raise awareness about land issues, his ministry will prepare to produce the learning materials about Land Law’s key messages and distribute them freely to the people in the prioritized and targeted areas in Cambodia. He added that these learning materials included books, posters, leaflets, leaflets and other related materials.

Samrith Sat, Deputy Director of the Good Governance Department and Project Manager of the Demand for Good Governance Project, said to raise awareness on Land Law for Cambodians, MoNASRI will publish the Land Law’s key messages through many channels including public forums, leaflets, brochures, newspapers, educational video dramas, posters, and other educational spots.

The three key messages will be used for the learning materials including land management, land allocation, and land property which all are related to the land grabbing and land disputes happening in Cambodia, he said, adding that the law message was made due to the baseline collection of the ministry conducted from the targeted communes, districts, cities and provinces.

“Most of Cambodian people are not aware and not able to access information about the management, land allocation and land properties,” he said. “We hope that with publishing these learning materials, our Cambodian people will be aware of the basics of Cambodia’s Land Law and their duties in managing their lands and other properties. I also hope that through these activities, villagers as well as concerned authorities will able to reduce and prevent land disputes in the future.”

Samrith said that the MoNASRI’s Demand for Good Governance Project is a four-year project and funded by the World Bank in Cambodia. The project had begun in early 2009 and will complete by the end of 2013.

According to the Project, MoNASRI will implement this publishing strategy in 16 provinces with 44 districts in Cambodia. The first year prioritized provinces are Kampot, Battambang, Kampong Thom and Svay Rieng provinces; and the second year prioritized provinces are Pursat, Banteay Meanchey, Kampong Speu and Koh Kong provinces.

Samrith pointed out that the MoNASRI was created in 1998 and its main mission is to publish all Cambodian laws which have been come into effect after the adoption of the National Assembly and Senate for raising laws awareness for people in Cambodia. Other main activities also include investigating and combating corruptions, power violation and other irregular activities committed by the government’s officials in Cambodia.

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