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The Globe as you know it is changing.

Since 2007, Southeast Asia Globe has been a space for some of the region’s best writers and photographers to take our readers behind the headlines into the stories that shape people’s lives. Every month, you could expect to pick up our latest print edition and find high-quality journalism, analysis and artwork waiting on every page. And since 2007, we’ve fought to uphold our promise of quality and independence to you, our readers.

But, like we said, the world is changing. Print publications just aren’t reaching the audiences they need to fulfil their promise of informing, educating and entertaining the public. Advertisers continue to invest in digital platforms while printing costs creep ever higher. Print may not be dead, but it’s fighting for its life. And we’re tired of waiting by a sickbed for its condition to improve. We want to be present at the birth of something new.

That’s why Southeast Asia Globe is relaunching as a member-driven platform featuring daily long-form features combining world-class journalism with enthralling art design and data-centered tech. Through our core pillars – Power, Money, Life and Earth – we are focusing in on the central issues that our readers have always engaged with most, with the same in-depth coverage of politics, business, social affairs and the environment that you’ve come to expect since 2007.

But leaving print behind us doesn’t just save our backs from lugging stacks of magazines across Southeast Asia. It opens up a global readership who don’t just want to read the news, but have a say in the stories that we tell and the way that we tell them. We’re not asking you to take out another magazine subscription – our stories are open to all. What we’re offering our members is a space where they can pitch and vote on the stories that they think deserve to be told. We want to inspire an engaged and active community of members who vote for, comment on and contribute to the stories that matter most to them. We want to work with our members to curate the way they engage with the news – not just as readers, but as an active extension of our editorial team.

That’s how we’re changing to bring you great stories. Here’s how we’re not.

We’re independent. Always have been, always will be. We’re not owned by any corporation or aligned with any state. We choose the stories that we tell, and the way that we tell them.

We’re creative. We’re not interested in churning out breaking news stories on the hour, every hour. We believe that the best stories are the ones that come alive on the page, digging deeper into the issues that shape Southeast Asia – and bringing you along for the ride. From our dedicated designers to our new software development team, our commitment is to constantly challenge ourselves to find new ways of reaching out to our readers.

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Above all, we’re optimistic. And yeah, we know what you’re thinking. Faced with impending climate collapse, the rise of right-wing authoritarian governments across the world, widening wealth and income inequality and deepening divisions rooted in race or gender or creed, it’s hard not to open the papers and feel the weight of the world pressing down. But we wouldn’t be doing this if we didn’t believe that when people work together, they can make their little corner of the world a more just, open and equal place.

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Our vision is clear. By 2025, we want to be recognised for building a great space for outstanding journalists from across the region to explore new ways of telling Southeast Asia’s most vital stories. Let’s bring together a community of engaged and loyal members who want to help reshape the media rather than just read it. And we want to reach a point where our readers, not advertisers, are the ones working to support our shared vision of an inclusive media.

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The building code / Setting the gold standard for construction safety in Cambodia

Posted on: April 2, 2018 | Featured

With new developments going up across Phnom Penh, inspection company TÜV Rheinland’s country director Mali Thanaporn Nuengtong Grimaud shares her insights into technical and safety requirements for buildings and workers

Mali Thanaporn Nuengtong Grimaud says that completion of a building code is crucial for Cambodia’s construction sector Photo: Sam Jam

How do Cambodian technical standards for construction compare to international standards?
Cambodia has no building code yet. It’s not mandatory, but many companies are doing inspections by international standards voluntarily. While the Ministry of Land Management, Urban Planning and Construction is working on [a building code]… TÜV as an international inspection and certification firm is willing to support in this aspect. What I know is parties are pushing [for a code]. In every country they have their own standard. In Thailand, in Vietnam, every building must be inspected by the government first according to your plans and your building.

Are construction workers properly trained to conduct their work?
They have experience, but they’re just not qualified. This is more on health and safety – first in safety for the people working on the site, and also in the building’s protocol for the safety of those who use the building… In order to construct a building, you have to weld metal, for example. In different parts of the building there are different [welding] methods, but workers might only know one approach. So I would say 90% of construction workers here are not qualified. In Thailand, you have to pass exams and wear a card, but here, no. This is a requirement that would be built into a building code.

Do safety requirements such as the presence and oversight of a foreman on a construction site exist in Cambodia?
According to my knowledge, I don’t think so. We recommend to have on-site safety measures; we do building inspections, boiler inspections, etc. Building inspections are inspections on wire installations, wire cables, fire extinguishers. [But] some staff don’t know how to use a fire extinguisher. They don’t know how important this is to use or how important it is to check that it works periodically – a fire extinguisher might go two years without being moved, and then the gas doesn’t work anymore. They don’t know fire safety procedures. They also don’t have safety shoes, safety vests, or, if they do, only some of them do, or they are not proper quality uniforms.

What efforts would you recommend for the government or relevant players to improve construction and development in Cambodia?
The ‘white book’ of EuroCham’s Real Estate & Construction Committee has provided detailed input on the construction sector and has an MoU with the Ministry of Land Management… TÜV Rheinland is a member of this committee as well. The government has to look into the input from the private sectors and to complete the [building] code and standards to be implemented and enforced soon… I think we can learn from other countries’ lessons learned. Many countries’ building booms have come before their standards. What we learn is that the collapse of buildings and fires [follows]. This has already happened in Cambodia with explosions in factories – luckily not a collapse yet – but we should create [building] inspections and requirements before these tall developments collapse.

This article was published in Southeast Asia Globe’s Property Special 2018. For full access, subscribe here.