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Banking and financial services

Conference throws spotlight on key role of banks

The 9th NBC Annual Macroeconomic Conference 2022 kicked-off today, highlighting how financial institutions, particularly banks, continue to be crucial participants in funding the real economy and supporting recovery. ...

Seng Mengheng
https://kiripost.com/stories/conference-throws-spotlight-on-key-role-of-banks

Bakong digital transactions see remarkable growth

Bakong payment system infrastructure has increased remarkably and has contributed to the use of financial technology and innovations, the National Bank of Cambodia said on Monday. ...

Chea Vanyuth
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/501188708/bakong-digital-transactions-see-remarkable-growth/

Consumer credit applications up 5 percent in third quarter

The personal loan market improved significantly in the third quarter of 2022, according to the Consumer Credit Index of the Credit Bureau Cambodia (CBC). In the third quarter, the number of consumer credit applications increased marginally from the second quarter, according to the latest report. ...

Sok Sithika
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/501178749/consumer-credit-applications-up-5-percent-in-third-quarter/

Financial Technology exhibit on way

The Ministry of Economy and Finance will organize its first ever ‘Fintech Stage’ exhibition in Cambodia to promote the digital economy. The Fintech Stage will join the Cambodia Tech Expo 2022, to be held from November 11-13 at the Koh Pich Convention and Exhibition Centre. ...

Ry Sochan
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/financial-technology-exhibit-way

Key lenders agree to ease loan terms for flood victims

Members of Cambodia’s apex bodies of the banking and microfinance industries have agreed to ease restrictions on loan repayments, reduce interest rates, as well as restructure loans for customers deemed to be significantly affected by the heavy rains and floods that have swept the Kingdom ...

May Kunmakara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/key-lenders-agree-ease-loan-terms-flood-victims

Finance minister asking Booyoung Group of S Korea for fintech boost

The finance minister has asked South Korea’s Booyoung Group to invest more in the Cambodian financial-technology (fintech) market, which has seen remarkable growth during Covid-19, as the company’s chairman revealed preliminary plans for a university in the Kingdom focused on fintech and taxation. ...

May Kunmakara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/finance-minister-asking-booyoung-group-s-korea-fintech-boost

MFIs agree to loan repayment relief for borrowers hit by flooding

Financial institutions said on Wednesday that they will provide favorable easing to customers who have been affected by severe floods, following an appeal by Prime Minister Hun Sen. ...

Chhorn Raksmey
https://kiripost.com/stories/mfis-agree-to-loan-repayment-relief-for-borrowers-hit-by-flooding

MFIs urged to help ease flood victims' financial burden

Prime minister Hun Sen on Monday called on all microfinance institutions (MFIs) to throw a financial lifeline to people affected by flooding and defer loan repayments and ease interest rates. ...

Chhorn Raksmey
https://kiripost.com/stories/mfis-urged-to-help-ease-flood-victims-financial-burden

CBC keeps credit data of over 7M customers

Independent financial information provider Credit Bureau (Cambodia) Co Ltd (CBC) now maintains the credit data of more than seven million customers in its core system, 10 years after its establishment, according to its chairwoman Chea Serey.​ ...

May Kunmakara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/cbc-keeps-credit-data-over-7m-customers

MoU signed to push financial literacy

Associations of Banks and Microfinance Institutions signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Monday with a FinTech federation to promote financial literacy and inclusion as part of a move towards greater digital adoption. ...

Prak Chan Thul
https://kiripost.com/stories/mou-signed-to-push-financial-literacy

FinTech workshop responds to growth in digital economy

As more Cambodians tap into the benefits of mobile banking, the Ministry of Economy and Finance is preparing to host a workshop to address the role of the banking sector and FinTech in Cambodia’s digital economy. ...

Mao Sreypich
https://kiripost.com/stories/fintech-workshop-responds-to-growth-in-digital-economy

Microfinance association claims NGO statement “biased”

The Cambodia Microfinance Association (CMA) regarded the commentary by NGOs and civil society organizations on the industry as “biased, incomplete, and cherry-picked”, taking just the negative parts of a report produced by Germany’s Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) into account while ignoring ...

Samban Chandara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/microfinance-association-claims-ngo-statement-biased

RPR to slap fine on 38 non-bank financial firms

The Real Estate Business and Pawnshop Regulator (RPR) under the Non-Bank Financial Service Authority (FSA) of the Ministry of Economy and Finance (MEF) has prepared notifications to fine 38 businesses that provide non-bank financial services and products to customers, according to a report released by ...

Kang Sothear
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/501146880/rpr-to-slap-fine-on-38-non-bank-financial-firms/

NBC to take legal action against illegal lenders

The National Bank of Cambodia (NBC) along with other competent authorities are considering taking legal action against firms or individuals operating businesses that go against the banking laws and financial institutions of the Kingdom, NBC announced yesterday. ...

Kang Sothear
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/501140412/nbc-to-take-legal-action-against-illegal-lenders/

Cambodia’s agricultural sector immune to impacts of Covid

Cambodia’s agriculture sector has been immune from Covid-inflicted impact and enjoyed strong growth during the pandemic as financing for the sector has increased, a leading banker said on Friday. ...

Thai Sothea
https://kiripost.com/stories/cambodias-agricultural-sector-immune-to-impacts-of-covid

Clampdown on illegal online lending

The National Bank of Cambodia (NBC) said on Thursday they have joined forces with police to take legal action against those involved in fraudulent online lending saying it is a crime, and urged the public to contact official financial institutions when borrowing money. ...

Seng Mengheng
https://kiripost.com/stories/clampdown-on-illegal-online-lending

Banks, MFIs raise interest rates following Fed move

Many banks and microfinance institutions (MFIs) in Cambodia have increased interest rates for deposits in dollar and riel currency by approximately 0.5 percent and 1 percent per annum respectively but not decreased rates for loans in the last three months, according to senior officials in ...

Kang Sothear
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/501128445/banks-mfis-raise-interest-rates-following-fed-move/

MB to set up commercial bank in Cambodia

The State Bank of Vietnam (SBV) has issued a written document allowing the Military Commercial Joint Stock Bank (MB) to establish a 100 percent-owned bank in Cambodia on the ground of its branch in Phnom Penh. ...

Khmer Times Staff
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/501116192/mb-to-set-up-commercial-bank-in-cambodia/

ACLEDA reports 20% less net profit in Q1

Mainboard-listed commercial bank ACLEDA Bank Plc’s net profit for the first quarter ended March 31 fell 20 per cent to $35.36 million from $44.10 million last year as a result of widening net impairment loss, interest expense, and general and administrative expenses. ...

May Kunmakara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/acleda-reports-20-less-net-profit-q1

IELTS available at ACLEDA’s business school

The ACLEDA Institute of Business (AIB) has teamed up with the IELTS Cambodia Official Test Centre at IDP Education to administer the English proficiency exam at the institute, as part of its ambition to gain widespread international recognition. ...

Hom Phanet
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/ielts-available-acledas-business-school

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