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Economy and commerce

Economic policy and administration

Garment lobby calls for understanding as lockdown halts production

Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia (GMAC) on April 19 urged buyers and stakeholders not to penalise its members for failing to honour pre-agreed delivery commitments during the ongoing lockdown measures imposed by the government. ...

May Kunmakara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/garment-lobby-calls-understanding-lockdown-halts-production

Commerce ministry rolls out mobile markets to Red Zones

The Ministry of Commerce on April 20 dispatched five trucks to seven “Red Zones” to sell food products and groceries at below-market prices during the ongoing two-week coronavirus lockdown in Phnom Penh and adjacent Takmao town in Kandal province, according to undersecretary of state Pen ...

Thou Vireak
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/commerce-ministry-rolls-out-mobile-markets-red-zones

Lockdown opens a window for e-commerce

With authorities tightening security to prevent community transmission in Phnom Penh and Kandal province’s Takhmao town, e-commerce activity, cashless payments and delivery services have logged a notable rise, swiftly becoming new features of the digital world in Cambodia. ...

May Kunmakara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/lockdown-opens-window-e-commerce

CGCC executive clarifies Business Recovery Guarantee Scheme process

Small businesses raising questions about the process of applying for a loan through the newly formed Credit Guarantee Corporation of Cambodia (CGCC)’s Business Recovery Guarantee Scheme (BRGS), has prompted CGCC’s chief executive officer Mr. Wong Keet Loong to provide an overview of how the scheme ...

Brian Badzmierowski
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50840936/cgcc-executive-clarifies-business-recovery-guarantee-scheme-process/

Local rice producers sell at discount

A number of Cambodia Rice Federation (CRF) member companies have reduced retail prices of milled rice by 10,000-20,000 riel ($2.50-5) per 50kg sack to participate in government efforts to improve people’s livelihoods during the ongoing two-week coronavirus lockdown in Phnom Penh and adjacent Takhmao town ...

Thou Vireak
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/local-rice-producers-sell-discount

Taxpayers still able pay online during lockdown

The General Department of Taxation (GDT) has advised taxpayers and tax service agencies located in lockdown-restricted areas to electronically file income tax returns and avoid the risk of spreading the novel coronavirus. ...

Hin Pisei
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/taxpayers-still-able-pay-online-during-lockdown

Commerce ministry posts 50.8% dip in revenue

The Ministry of Commerce posted $12.7 million in revenue for 2020, down by 50.83 per cent over $26.60 million in 2019, driven down by reductions in business registration fees and an increasing number of merchants self-certifying their products’ origins. ...

Thou Vireak
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/commerce-ministry-posts-508-dip-revenue

Inclusion guide to aid 1.7M poor

The much-anticipated Inclusive Business Enabling Environment for Cambodia (IbeeC) strategy will be adopted soon to meet the needs of 1.7 million poor and low-income Cambodians by 2023, a wide-ranging virtual meeting conducted by the Ministry of Industry, Science, Technology and Innovation heard on March 18. ...

Thou Vireak
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/inclusion-guide-aid-17m-poor

Trade chambers ask GDT to delay income-tax date

Nine international business chambers have called on the General Department of Taxation (GDT) to extend the deadline for filing tax on income for fiscal year 2020 past March 31 in light of economic pressure caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. ...

May Kunmakara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/trade-chambers-ask-gdt-delay-income-tax-date

Tickets now allow more days of access to Angkor

Angkor Enterprise has extended the period of validity for entry tickets to Angkor Archaeological Park in a move to revive tourism to the sprawling temple complex, it said in a March 10 press release. ...

Thou Vireak
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/tickets-now-allow-more-days-access-angkor

ISPs revel in ministry’s legal threat to unlicensed telcos

The private sector welcomed the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications newest warning to unlicensed or otherwise non-legally-compliant telecoms operators as a necessary building block for sustainable growth in the industry. ...

May Kunmakara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/isps-revel-ministrys-legal-threat-unlicensed-telcos

CMA members restructure $1.4B in loans

Financial institutions that are members of the Cambodia Microfinance Association (CMA) restructured some $1.397 billion in loans for 289,422 borrowers as of February 28 since the National Bank of Cambodia (NBC) on March 27 issued a circular on loan restructuring during Covid-19, according to CMA. ...

May Kunmakara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/cma-members-restructure-14b-loans

Cambodia, Timor-Leste to boost economic cooperation

Because trade between Cambodia and Timor-Leste remains low, the governments of both nations have decided to work towards boosting bilateral economic and business activities, according to a statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. ...

Sok Chan
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50819248/cambodia-timor-leste-to-boost-economic-cooperation/

NBC, IFC to boost SME financial access

The National Bank of Cambodia (NBC) and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) will join forces on the “Cambodia Supply Chain Finance Market Development” project and expand financial access for the Kingdom’s small and medium-sized enterprises (SME). ...

May Kunmakara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/nbc-ifc-boost-sme-financial-access

Digital businesses urged to register at telecoms ministry

Minister of Posts and Telecommunications Chea Vandeth on February 24 encouraged budding digital entrepreneurs to register for licenses and receive technical support, training and “encouragement” from the ministry. ...

Thou Vireak
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/digital-businesses-urged-register-telecoms-ministry

Hong Kong ready to provide technical assistance for Cambodia’s E-Commerce

The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of China has expressed its readiness to cooperate and provide technical assistance for Cambodia in the field of e-commerce. ...

L VY/AKP
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50818312/hong-kong-ready-to-provide-technical-assistance-for-cambodias-e-commerce/

Vehicle import duty cuts proposed

Minister of Economy and Finance Aun Pornmoniroth has proposed an adjustment on vehicle import duty, to be effective from March 1, to revive the market and buttress the logistics sector after customs clearance revenue on vehicles fell by 40 percent in 2020 from a year ...

Thou Vireak
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/vehicle-import-duty-cuts-proposed

EDF 2021 strategic framework approved at board meeting

The eighth Entrepreneurship Development Fund (EDF) Board of Directors Meeting yesterday reviewed and approved its medium-term strategic framework and annual work plan and budget for 2021. ...

Sok Chan
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50813028/edf-2021-strategic-framework-approved-at-board-meeting/

Kingdom is bolstering its logistics in anticipation of string of FTAs

With five free trade agreements (FTAs) on the docket this year, Cambodia is bolstering its logistics network in anticipation of the deals. To that end, last month the Prime Minister approved the immediate upgrade of the Stung Bot, Bavet and Poipet  checkpoints. ...

Husain Haider
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50811861/kingdom-is-bolstering-its-logistics-in-anticipation-of-string-of-ftas/

Helping SMEs to stand on their own two feet

Following the successful completion of two rounds of assistance packages to support small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and startups during the COVID-19 pandemic, Khmer Enterprise will implement a third this year. ...

Sok Chan
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50810982/helping-smes-to-stand-on-their-own-two-feet/

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