Economy and commerce
Banking and financial services
E-wallet payments nine times GDP: NBC
E-payment trends in Cambodia have significantly consolidated in recent years as more and more people transition from cash-based to digital transaction options, the National Bank of Cambodia (NBC) reaffirmed in a recent report. ...
GDT, banks vow to step up tax payment efficiency
The finance ministry has to-date signed memorandums of understanding (MoU) with 10 banks to process tax-related payments to the General Department of Taxation (GDT), one of its subordinate units. ...
Kampot oknha arrested over $40M of losses in realty ‘fraud’
Kampot provincial police arrested Chea Saron, who holds the honorific title Oknha, and his eight accomplices for alleged fraud perpetrated on over 2,000 families, bilking them out of nearly $40 million total through “scam” real estate projects. ...
NBC closes 104 rural credit institutions
The Coalition of Cambodia Farmers Community said on Thursday that the recent shutdown of 104 rural credit institutions that provided loans to farmers will not affect their livelihoods, saying that past interest rates were high. ...
Losing 104 rural credit agencies ‘may allow growth’ in finance sector
The central bank’s recent revocation of the operating licences of 104 rural credit institutions (RCI) – nearly half – should not have significant ramifications on the Kingdom’s wider financial system, industry insiders and observers have assured. ...
New loan agreement standard for financial industry breeds debate
A “Standard of Loan Agreement” for the financial sector is under preparation, and institutions are expected to begin adopting its principles by June. But insiders and observers have expressed differing views on the precise provisions of the instrument, its potential effects on market competition, and ...
IMF cuts world growth outlook as ‘debt stress’ rises: researcher
Low-income countries and emerging economies – including Cambodia – are facing heightened sovereign debt distress amid a rise in interest rates in advanced economies, according to International Monetary Fund (IMF) economic counsellor and director of research Pierre-Olivier Gourinchas. ...
Microfinance sector plays important role in economic development: NBC
The microfinance sector in Cambodia has been playing an important role in contributing to economic and social development, especially the reduction of poverty in rural areas, said a senior official at the National Bank of Cambodia. ...
42% of loans taken in capital; women outnumber men in provinces
As much as 42 percent of the loans disbursed by banks and commercial banks in Cambodia has been taken by residents living in its capital Phnom Penh while women borrowers outnumber men in most of the provinces. ...
PM Hun Sen re-appeals to people not to panic over international banking institutions’ warning
Prime Minister Hun Sen has once again called on the people not to panic over the recent warning of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank over the risks of a global recession. ...
Khmer Times Staff
Riel-based deposits and lending help NBC’s de-dollarisation efforts
The banking system has played a crucial role in supporting Cambodia’s recovery from the economic downturn in the wake of Covid-19 with National Bank of Cambodia (NBC) pursuing an accommodative and prudent monetary policy to meet the needs of the economy. ...
NBC pushes for de-dollarisation on 43rd Riel Day
National Bank of Cambodia (NBC) deputy governor Chea Serey on March 20 made a general call to keep using the local currency in day-to-day transactions, as part of de-dollarisation and other monetary policy initiatives, as a means to promote economic development. ...
Central bank, CMA roll out local-level ‘safe finance’ plan
The Kingdom’s central bank and the Cambodia Microfinance Association (CMA) have jointly launched a project aimed at promoting financial literacy, consumer empowerment and consumer protections at the community level. ...
Project aims to strengthen safe finance in communities
The National Bank of Cambodia (NBC) and Cambodia Microfinance Association (CMA) have rolled out a pilot campaign to promote financial literature, consumer empowerment and protection in Cambodian communities. ...
MFIs seek boosting financial literacy at communal level
A project to strengthen financial literacy at the local level has been launched to promote knowledge related to finance, rights, and client protection as well as to increase clients’ access to formal financial services within communities. ...
NBC inks new payment connectivity pacts
National Bank of Cambodia (NBC) on Thursday created a new milestone for the country by inking deals with the central banks of the Republic of Fiji and the Solomon Islands to exchange knowledge and experience on financial innovation and inclusion as well as to share ...
Cambodia launches project to promote financial literacy at local level
The National Bank of Cambodia (NBC) and the Cambodia Microfinance Association (CMA) have jointly launched the “Safe Finance in Community” project to promote financial literacy, rights and consumer protection in communities, a press statement said on Monday. ...
Khmer Times Staff
Microfinance to tap into WASH sector
A partnership between Cambodia Microfinance Association (CMA) and Water.org aims to increase access to safe water and sanitation nationwide by offering incentives to finance the sector. ...
Cambodia signs MoUs with Solomon Islands, Fiji on financial innovation, payment system
Cambodia has signed Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) with the Solomon Islands and Fiji to extend the collaboration in the areas of financial innovation and payment system, said a joint statement on Friday. ...
Khmer Times Staff
NBC, Bank of China discuss cross-border payment
National Bank of Cambodia (NBC) and Bank of China on Wednesday discussed means to expand the cross-border payment between the two countries as well as develop transactions in other member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), said a release. ...