Economy and commerce

Banking and financial services

Home not farming, takes precedence when Cambodians take MFIs loans

Showing a shift in mindset, more Cambodians are now taking loans from microfinance institutions (MFIs) over home needs than for farming. ...

Rachel David
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/501442492/home-not-farming-takes-precedence-when-cambodians-take-mfis-loans/

Microfinance sector provided $5.12B loans to 1.57M clients in 2023

The microfinance sector has provided a credit sum of $5.12 billion to 1.57 million clients, an average of $3,260 per account last year, creating direct employment for 21,567 people nationwide with a business network of 904 offices. ...

Nhean Chamrong
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/501440074/microfinance-sector-provided-5-12b-loans-to-1-57m-clients-in-2023/

Cambodia, Australia to reinforce cooperation in Banking and Financial sector

Cambodia and Australia are willing to further strengthen their banking and financial cooperation, especially in the field of green finance and financial knowledge. ...

Khmer Times Staff
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/501429861/cambodia-australia-to-reinforce-cooperation-in-banking-and-financial-sector/

Cambodia’s banking and financial industry healthy, says NBC

The banking and financial industry has remained strong despite uncertainties on global economic growth causing the bankruptcies of banks in some countries. ...

Chea Vanyuth
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/501429237/cambodias-banking-and-financial-industry-healthy-says-nbc/

Microfinance formed over 30% of Cambodia’s 2022 GDP

Microfinance has grown exponentially in Cambodia and is not as stressed as reported by the international media, according to a study by research firm M-CRIL in partnership with the Cambodia Microfinance Association (CMA). A sector which had only 50,000 clients in 1995, now services 2.1 ...

Rachel.David
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/501429233/microfinance-formed-over-30-of-cambodias-2022-gdp/

Gov’t bonds reduce foreign borrowing

Since the government, through the Ministry of Economy and Finance, started issuing sovereign bonds in September 2022, they have emerged as a new financial instrument, enabling the government to augment domestic revenue, thereby reducing the need to borrow from foreign sources for infrastructure development. ...

May Kunmakara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/post-in-depth/gov-t-bonds-reduce-foreign-borrowing

Microfinance has improved a majority of people’s life - CMA study

A study on over 3,200 microfinance borrowers from 450 villages in 10 provinces in the country has revealed that two thirds of them have seen an improvement in their lives, according to the Cambodian Microfinance Association (CMA). ...

Kiripost staff writers
https://kiripost.com/stories/microfinance-has-improved-a-majority-of-peoples-life-cma-study

Cambodia's burgeoning digital banking market

The impact of digital transformation on the European banking sector and the potential for Cambodia to tap into fintech innovations were hot topics of discussion at EuroCham’s latest event. ...

Seng Mengheng
https://kiripost.com/stories/cambodias-burgeoning-digital-banking-market

MFI outstanding loans stood at $5.13 billion in 2023 Q3

Total outstanding loans in the microfinance sector stood at $5.13 billion during the end of the third quarter of the last year, according to the latest data published by the Cambodia Microfinance Association (CMA). ...

Sreekanth Ravindran
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/501422993/mfi-outstanding-loans-stood-at-5-13-billion-in-2023-q3/

Cambodia’s Bakong surpasses 10 million accounts

Cambodia’s version of a central bank digital currency (CBDC) and online banking and mobile payments app, Bakong, has seen its adoption levels grow in leaps and bounds to surpass 10 million accounts. ...

Khmer Times Staff
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/501415657/cambodias-bakong-surpasses-10-million-accounts/

BOC Phnom Penh Branch authorized as RMB clearing bank

China’s central bank announced on Monday that it has authorized the Bank of China (BOC) Phnom Penh Branch to be the clearing bank for renminbi (RMB) business in Cambodia. ...

Khmer Times Staff
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/501406842/boc-phnom-penh-branch-authorized-as-rmb-clearing-bank/

‘Fintech playing key role in financial inclusion efforts’

The fintech sector is playing a major role in the financial inclusion efforts pioneered by the National Bank of Cambodia (NBC), Governor Dr Chea Serey said while delivering the keynote address at the CamTech Summit 2023 yesterday at the Centre for Banking Studies. ...

Sreekanth Ravindran
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/501399932/fintech-playing-key-role-in-financial-inclusion-efforts/

‘Fintech playing key role in financial inclusion efforts’

The fintech sector is playing a major role in the financial inclusion efforts pioneered by the National Bank of Cambodia (NBC), Governor Dr Chea Serey said while delivering the keynote address at the CamTech Summit 2023 yesterday at the Centre for Banking Studies. ...

Sreekanth Ravindran
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/501399932/fintech-playing-key-role-in-financial-inclusion-efforts/

MFIs to restructure tourism, real estate loans

Microfinance institutions have been asked to conduct loan restructuring on a case-by-case basis for clients who face difficulties in the Siem Reap tourism sector, real estate and other industries. ...

Sangeetha Amarthalingam
https://kiripost.com/stories/mfis-to-restructure-tourism-real-estate-loans

Cambodia, China reach cooperation on financial innovation and payment system

Cambodia and China have entered into cooperation on financial innovation and clearing and settlement arrangements, to facilitate efficient and secure cross-border payment transactions between the two countries. ...

Khmer Times Staff
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/501396725/cambodia-china-reach-cooperation-on-financial-innovation-and-payment-system/

Agriculture players can tap into new loan system

The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) and Wing Bank (Cambodia) Plc have inked a deal that will offer accessible, low interest rate loans to support the government’s Agriculture Priority policies through the innovative Wingagri supply chain platform built specifically to support the sector. ...

Yatt Malai
https://kiripost.com/stories/agriculture-players-can-tap-into-new-loan-system

Cambodia’s PM calls financial institutions to restructure loans for tour operators in Siem Reap

Cambodian Prime Minister Dr Hun Manet called on here this morning to the financial institutions to restructure loans for tour operators in Siem Reap province at reasonable interest rates to help revive the tourism sector after being severely affected by COVID-19. ...

Khmer Times Staff
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/501391907/cambodias-pm-calls-financial-institutions-to-restructure-loans-for-tour-operators-in-siem-reap/

Cambodia unveils new Fintech Policy to drive innovation and inclusion

The Cambodian government recently unveiled the Cambodia Financial Technology Development Policy 2023-2028, a comprehensive strategy aimed at promoting financial innovation, ensuring financial stability, and enhancing financial inclusion in the country. ...

Khmer Times Staff
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/501387042/cambodia-unveils-new-fintech-policy-to-drive-innovation-and-inclusion/

Woori Bank: 30 years of ‘rapid expansion’

Woori Bank, one of South Korea’s leading commercial banks, is set to inject an additional $100 million into its Cambodian operations next year. This “strategic” move is in response to a notable increase in loan demand, aimed at stimulating business activities that slowed during the ...

May Kunmakara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/woori-bank-30-years-rapid-expansion

Role of MFIs in economic and social development crucial

Microfinance as a sector has been key in helping bring about economic and social development in Cambodia stressed Sok Voeun, chairman of Cambodia Microfinance Association last Friday. ...

Chea Vanyuth
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/501383482/role-of-mfis-in-economic-and-social-development-crucial/

‘I am afraid I will kill myself, like my husband’: spotlight on loan firms in Cambodia after Indigenous suicides

Kwak Nga was still reeling from her husband’s suicide when his microfinance creditors showed up at her home to remind her that they still expected the approximate $170 (£140) monthly interest payments the couple had struggled to make. ...

Jack Brook
https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2023/oct/23/cambodia-microfinance-loan-firms-indigenous-people

NBC policies help steady Cambodian economy

The role played by the National Bank of Cambodia (NBC) to maintain and control financial condition through various regulatory measures has helped the country to keep inflation under check and economic growth steady despite the global headwinds. ...

Manoj Mathew
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/501377596/nbc-policies-help-steady-cambodian-economy/

NBC is determined to strengthen the resilience and supervision of the financial sector in Cambodia

The newly appointed governor of the National Bank of Cambodia (NBC), H.E Dr. Chea Serey, gave an in-depth interview to Khmer Times on the Bank’s as well as her priorities in her role as the Governor. ...

Khmer Times Staff
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/501377581/nbc-is-determined-to-strengthen-the-resilience-and-supervision-of-the-financial-sector-in-cambodia/

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