A few years ago, the sleepy town of Sihanoukville, Cambodia, became an overnight target for casinos and online gaming platforms. It died almost as quickly, leaving behind unfinished construction like strewn litter. As Cambodia works to clean up its image, it is preparing to make the town whole again.
More than 1,100 unfinished buildings have been plaguing the town for the last three years. They’re a reminder of failed investments, mainly from Chinese backers, who took over Sihanoukville as it tried to become a hub of gaming activity.
The Ministry of Economy and Finance recently organized a meeting with other government entities to discuss the issue and assess the current situation. It also wants to explore ways in which it can facilitate the completion of the construction as quickly as possible.