Economy and commerce

Small and medium enterprises (SME)

SME fund fully subscribed

A $100 million small and medium enterprise co-financing scheme (SCFS) fund was fully subscribed by mid-October 2020, according to a senior executive of SME Bank of Cambodia. ...

Sok Chan
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50803513/sme-fund-fully-subscribed/

Development bank delivers $245mn to agri-sector producers, exporters, SMEs

A senior executive of the state-owned Agriculture Rural Development Bank (ARDB) said the financial institution has released $245 million to rice millers and exporters, the livestock sector and small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the agriculture sector. ...

Sok Chan
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50802809/development-bank-delivers-245mn-to-agri-sector-producers-exporters-smes/

CMA says member institutions have restructured $1.38B of loans

The Cambodia Microfinance Association (CMA) has announced that as of January 3, 2021, CMA members have provided loan restructuring worth $1.382 billion.  The total number of restructuring requests stood at 303,593 with 285,234 having been granted. ...

Sok Chan
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50802377/cma-says-member-institutions-have-restructured-138b-of-loans/

$500K investment for SMEs to improve e-commerce

A $500,000 investment will go towards 125 small and medium sized businesses set to gain grants and training in online commerce according to a joint press release by the Ministry of Commerce of the Kingdom of Cambodia, the Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF) and the UN ...

Khmer Times Staff
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50798664/500k-investment-for-smes-to-improve-e-commerce/

EDF outlines support to growing local entrepreneurial ecosystem

The Entrepreneurship Development Fund  (EDF) Board of Trustees convened last week to review some of EDF’s notable achievements in 2020 in supporting Cambodia’s growing entrepreneurial ecosystem. ...

Harrison White
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50797899/edf-outlines-support-to-growing-local-entrepreneurial-ecosystem/

Bank gets $50M loan for SMEs, businesswomen

Sathapana Bank Plc received a $50 million loan from Proparco, a subsidiary of Agence Francaise de Developpement (AFD) to increase lending by the bank to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and women entrepreneurs in Cambodia. ...

May Kunmakara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/bank-gets-50m-loan-smes-businesswomen

ARDB to disburse $50M loan by Dec 31

The state-owned Agricultural and Rural Development Bank (ARDB) expects to fully disburse a $50 million emergency fund for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) by year’s end, its director-general Kao Thach told The Post on December 14. ...

Thou Vireak
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/ardb-disburse-50m-loan-dec-31

Foreign labour registry extended

The Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training has announced a two-month extension to the deadline for applying for the use of foreign workers for next year. Cambodian labour law requires firms employing foreign workers to apply for permits by the end of each November for ...

Long Kimmarita
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/foreign-labour-registry-extended

WorldBridge’s SME cluster zone breaks ground in Takhmao town

WorldBridge Industrial Developments Co Ltd on November 27 broke ground on its long-awaited WorldBridge i4.0 SME Cluster zone in Kandal province. ...

Hin Pisei
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/worldbridges-sme-cluster-zone-breaks-ground-takhmao-town

27 startups and SMEs chosen for special government grants

Khmer Enterprise (KE) yesterday signed grant agreements with 27 startups and small and medium enterprises (SMEs) for the first and second Khmer Enterprise Assistance Package programme, responding to the challenges and impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on Cambodian entrepreneurs. ...

Sok Chan
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50785809/27-startups-and-smes-chosen-for-special-government-grants/

SECC launches excellence programme 2

The Securities and Exchange Commission of Cambodia (SECC) launched here on Nov. 23 the “Excellence Programme 2” to help small- and medium-sized enterprises prepare for stock market listing. ...

Chea Vannak/AKP
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50785547/secc-launches-excellence-programme-2/

Digitally adapting to economic challenges

As many small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) struggle to stay afloat because of current economic challenges, many entrepreneurs in the kingdom are adapting and taking advantage of opening businesses online and using social media and its technology as a business tool. ...

Jason Boken
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50784394/digitally-adapting-to-economic-challenges/

SME Bank of Cambodia open for business

The Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) Bank of Cambodia will commence banking operations today. The bank has a mission to provide financing and commercial banking services in an effective and sustainable manner to support local small and medium enterprises with an objective to increase economic ...

Sok Chan
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50780008/sme-bank-of-cambodia-open-for-business/

Digitalisation ‘a key driver for small and medium businesses’

Speaking at the Global SME Finance Forum 2020 on moving into the future, the role of digitalisation in promoting SMEs’ access to finance, Chea Serey, director-general of the National Bank of Cambodia (NBC), said SMEs are considered to be a crucial sector for the economy ...

Sok Chan
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50778833/digitalisation-a-key-driver-for-small-and-medium-businesses/

Micro, small, medium firms vital but need support: Report

Strengthening the dynamics of micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) with innovation and internationalisation will be key to revitalising Southeast Asian economies devastated by Coronavirus, according to a new report from the Asian Development Bank (ADB). ...

Sok Chan
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50777691/micro-small-medium-firms-vital-but-need-support-report/

SME fund launched to fight economic stagnation

Relevant ministries and private sectors are joining up to form another tool, the  Small and Medium Enterprise Fund “SME fund” to promote local SMEs to help Cambodia overcome economic stagnation during the COVID-19 pandemic. ...

Sorn Sarath
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50776655/sme-fund-launched-to-fight-economic-stagnation/

Establishment of provincial SME Park urged

The Federation of Associations of Small and Medium Enterprises of Cambodia (FASMEC) is seeking to establish small and medium enterprise (SME) parks in each province across the country aiming at promoting local agricultural products processing. ...

Sorn Sarath
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50776583/establishment-of-provincial-sme-park-urged/

Smart Axiata launches help for startups/SMEs

To support startups and small businesses across Cambodia, Impact Hub Phnom Penh is launching a new education programme for entrepreneurs with funding from Smart Axiata’s $1 million COVID-19 relief fund. ...

Khmer Times Staff
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50768946/smart-axiata-launches-help-for-startups-smes/

Additional support to farming enterprises

KE, which is part of the Ministry of Economy and Finance, has teamed up with the Cambodia-Australia Agricultural Value Chain programme (CAVAC), devoted to improving the resilience and competitiveness of Cambodia’s agriculture sector. They are  providing funding assistance to qualifying agro-processing small and medium enterprises ...

Sok Chan
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50766442/additional-support-to-farming-enterprises/

Developing national entrepreneurship

The first National Entrepreneurship Award 2020 ended last month with a fruitful achievement. Meanwhile, the government is looking to scale up and make the second National Entrepreneurship Award more attractive for next year, according to a senior executive of Khmer Enterprise (KE), an implementation unit ...

Sok Chan
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50764035/developing-national-entrepreneurship/

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