Speech

Hongkong Land groundbreaking ceremony

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On 6 September 2013, the British Ambassador Mark Gooding attended Hongkong Land groundbreaking ceremony.

Hongkong Land groundbreaking ceremony

Excellency Im Chhun Lim, Senior Minister for Land Management, Urban Planning and Construction, Mr Ben Keswick, Managing Director of Hongkong Land and Jardine Matheson. It is my pleasure to be here today for the ground breaking ceremony of the Hongkong Land ‘Landmark’ project.

First and foremost, I would like to congratulate Hongkong Land on the achievement of today’s ceremony. Many years of hard work have already gone into the Landmark project. This demonstrates the strong commitment of Hongkong Land and Jardine Matheson to Cambodia and its fast-developing business environment.

Today is an important day for both the UK and Cambodia.

The UK is home to some of the world’s leading engineering and architectural firms. British companies have an excellent reputation for designing and building some of the most iconic and high profile buildings in the world, renowned for their world class functionality and sustainability.

The Landmark development will bring some of this experience and expertise to Phnom Penh and Cambodia as project contributors include Aedas, ARUP and WT Partnership.

Furthermore, the Landmark project will contribute to Cambodia’s economic development. By providing top quality office and retail in its first phase and further commercial, residential and hotel space in future phases, the Landmark will attract world class companies who are serious about doing business in Cambodia.

I am delighted therefore that the Landmark project will further boost the flourishing trade and investment relationship between the UK and Cambodia. Our bilateral trade has increased by fivefold in five years, and new British companies are entering the market all the time. This project will help reinforce this sustainable commercial partnership between our countries for years to come.

Congratulations again to Hongkong Land, and I wish the development all the very best for the future.

Published 6 September 2013