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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.

We’re open. Challenging governments, NGOs and businesses to be transparent with the public means nothing if we keep our own readers in the dark. That’s why we will be completely open about why we tell the stories that we tell – and how we pay for them. Work with us to build something that endures where many media fail, and decide with us exactly where that money is going.

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.

And that’s why we can’t do this without you. We believe that across the globe is a community of people who care deeply about social justice, environmental action and press freedom – and who will join in to help make those ideals a reality. We’re not just holding our hand out – we need your voice to play a vital role in building Southeast Asia Globe into a leading space for progressive causes in the region. Tell us what stories the mainstream media is missing. Share with us the causes that matter most to you, and how we can champion those causes not just across Southeast Asia, but the world.

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.

We can’t do this without you. Let’s get together and build something that we all believe in.

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Four pillars: construction / What keeps property developers flocking to Cambodia

Posted on: April 29, 2018 | Special Reports

Tom O’Sullivan, director of renowned estate agent realestate.com.kh, discusses the Kingdom’s property sector

Tom O’Sullivan believes that Cambodia and China’s close relationship gives Chinese investors a lot of confidence in the market

What’s your current assessment of the Cambodian property market?
I thought the upcoming election would have had more of an impact. When I was putting together our strategic plan for this year, I took it heavily into consideration. But it doesn’t seem to have deterred international investors – and when we’re talking about international investors, we’re generally talking about Chinese investors. We’re actually generating more leads on our website now than this time last year.

Testament to the market’s strength, Prince Real Estate is launching three sizeable projects this year, Xinghui Property is launching a huge project in the first half of the year, and R and F Properties, another listed Chinese developer, has just entered the market as well.

In your opinion, why is Cambodia an attractive proposition for property investors?
Political stability is key but, more importantly, growth is not forecast to slow down either. I think the fact that the local government and the Chinese government are very closely aligned also gives Chinese investors a lot of confidence in the market.

Something else that we’ve noticed recently is that the idea that local Cambodians don’t buy condos is a myth. As major projects, such as the Bridge on Koh Pich, have come close to completion, we’ve generated more local leads on these projects than international leads.

What that says to me – and it’s common in other markets, too – is that local buyers hold off on purchasing condos because they’ve seen lots of developers fail to deliver on their promises in the past and don’t want to take a leap of faith. They’d much rather wait until projects near completion before buying units.

Which areas do you believe have the most potential for growth in the future?
I think the two biggest growth areas are Sen Sok, around the cash-and-carry wholesaler Makro and near to Aeon 2 shopping mall, and Chroy Changvar, where SH Condos, UK Condos and other developers are selling condos priced between $22,000 and $80,000.

It helps that, in Chroy Changvar, a lot of infrastructure is being built to service the new boreys [gated communities] and satellite cities. When Sunrise Hospital opened in late 2016 that was a big boost, too. As soon as the bridge is redone, I think Chroy Changvar will be a pretty active area.

This article was first published in Globe Media Asia’s Focus Cambodia 2018 magazine