MFI loans, deposits grow in first nine months of this year

Outstanding loans and deposits in Cambodia’s crowded microfinance institution (MFI) sector have seen a sharp rise in the first three quarters of this year. ...

May Kunmakara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/mfi-loans-deposits-grow-first-nine-months-year

Report: 28.1% of Cambodians take out loans for healthcare

A new report has found that 28.1 per cent of Cambodians borrow money to pay for healthcare, with microfinance insiders claiming it does not reflect the reality in the financial sector. The University of New South Wales (UNSW) surveyed 5,000 households across Cambodia and found ...

Thou Vireak
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/report-281-cambodians-take-out-loans-healthcare

The macro challenges in Cambodia’s microfinance sector

In August, two local Cambodian organizations, Licadho and Sahmakum Teang Tnaut (STT) published Collateral Damage: Land Loss and Abuses in Cambodia’s Microfinance Sector, a report about the dangerous growth of the country’s microfinance sector. It spotlighted an issue that researchers have been warning about for years. A report ...

David Hutt
https://thediplomat.com/2019/10/the-macro-challenges-in-cambodias-microfinance-sector/

State Bank of Vietnam strengthens relations with Cambodian partner

The State Bank of Vietnam (SBV) and the National Bank of Cambodia (NBC) held a bilateral meeting in Phnom Penh, Cambodia on September 16 to exchange and share experiences on macroeconomic management, especially in finance and banking. ...

Nhan Dan Newspaper
https://en.nhandan.org.vn/business/item/7922402-state-bank-of-vietnam-strengthens-relations-with-cambodian-partner.html

NGOs slammed over retraction refusal

The government yesterday slammed rights group Licadho and Sahmakum Teang Tnaut for refusing to attend a scheduled meeting and make a public statement retracting a critical report on the negative impacts of microloans. Last week, the two NGOs defended their research during a meeting with the ...

Ben Sokhean
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50642142/ngos-slammed-over-retraction-refusal/

NGOs ordered to retract MFI report

The government yesterday ordered two NGOs to retract a critical report on the negative impacts of microloans after summoning their representatives for a meeting to defend their research. The report, published last month by Licadho and Sahmakum Teang Tnaut, featured seven case studies of abuse chosen ...

Khuon Narim
http://Khuon Narim

NGOs invited to discuss MFI report

Officials of NGOs Licadho and Sahmakum Teang Tnaut will attend a closed-door meeting at the Council of Ministers on Wednesday to explain the findings of their recent report claiming that increasing levels of debt at microfinance institutions (MFIs) has resulted in human rights violations. ...

Khorn Savi
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/ngos-invited-discuss-mfi-report

National Bank of Cambodia slams NGOs’ lending report

The National Bank of Cambodia (NBC) on Thursday slammed a report on predatory lending in the Kingdom by local human rights NGOs Licadho and Sahmakum Teang Tnaut (STT), which was released on Wednesday, as “flawed”. The report, entitled Collateral Damage, claimed that increasing levels of ...

Thou Vireak
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/national-bank-cambodia-slams-ngos-lending-report

Report: MFI loans force land sales, increase in child labour

A report from local human rights NGOs Licadho and Sahmakum Teang Tnaut (STT) claimed that the increasing levels of debt caused by taking loans from microfinance institutions (MFIs) is forcing rural families to sell off land. The study also claimed that the sharp rise in debt ...

Thou Vireak
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/report-mfi-loans-force-land-sales-increase-child-labour

Bank loan portfolios set to be at least 10% in local currency

Cambodian commercial banks are showing a stronger preference to provide riel loans to microfinance institutions (MFI) as they rush to increase the share of local currency in their loan portfolio to at least 10 per cent by the end of next year. ...

Hor Kimsay
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/bank-loan-portfolios-set-be-least-10-local-currency

Fresh round of MFI license cancellations by NBC

The National Bank of Cambodia (NBC) has rejected two license applications and revoked the licenses of 24 microfinance institutions operating outside the capital, according to an announcement released Wednesday. ...

Sum Manet
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50531273/fresh-round-of-mfi-license-cancellations-by-nbc/

NBC revokes licenses of 11 rural credit institutions

The National Bank of Cambodia on Wednesday announced it is revoking the licenses of 11 rural credit institutions and rejecting license applications from 12 other credit organisations.​ ...

May Kunmakara
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50503744/nbc-revokes-licenses-of-11-rural-credit-institutions/

NBC warns against unlicensed deposit schemes

The National Bank of Cambodia issued a letter on Wednesday clarifying that only seven microfinance institutions (MFIs) are licensed to accept deposits from the public. The notification came after the central bank noticed several “rural credit operators” – institutions smaller than a typical MFI that ...

Hor Kimsay
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/nbc-warns-against-unlicensed-deposit-schemes

Japan firm eyes stake in local MFI Chamroeun

Cambodian microfinance institution (MFI) Chamroeun Microfinance Plc is negotiating with Japanese firm Renet Japan Group to sell a 90 percent stake in the MFI to the Japanese used goods dealer, according to Nikkei Asian Review. ...

Post Staff
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/japan-firm-eyes-stake-local-mfi-chamroeun

Delinquent loan rate continues to rise

The rate of microfinance loans with overdue payments nearly doubled last year according to the National Bank of Cambodia (NBC), though it remained within a normal range and was coupled with a rise in deposits. ...

Hor Kimsay
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/delinquent-loan-rate-continues-rise

Local bank and MFI sector continue their meteoric rise

In 2017 the local financial sector continued the strong growth that has characterised the industry in recent times, with commercial banks and microfinance institutions (MFIs) seeing a robust expansion in loans and deposits throughout the year, according to the National Bank of Cambodia’s (NBC) annual ...

Sok Chan
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/50100172/local-bank-mfi-sector-continue-meteoric-rise/

NBC takes licences from 11 lenders

Cambodia’s central bank yesterday announced a decision to revoke the operating licences of 11 rural credit operators for failing the abide by regulations. ...

Hor Kimsay
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/nbc-takes-licences-11-lenders

Kingdom’s startups stuck in the middle with no capital

Despite Cambodia having a vibrant startup scene with entrepreneurs launching ventures on a near daily basis, businesses trying to tap into financial resources for growth have difficulty accessing capital and are stuck in the unbankable “missing middle”, according to a recent study. ...

Robin Spiess
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/kingdoms-startups-stuck-middle-no-capital

NBC gives banks, MFIs greenlight to issue bonds

The National Bank of Cambodia (NBC) announced on Friday that local banks and microfinance institutions (MFIs) can now issue corporate bonds or list equity securities on the nascent Cambodian stock market, a move industry insiders claim will help financial institutions raise capital and be less ...

Hor Kimsay
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/nbc-gives-banks-mfis-greenlight-issue-bonds

Government reduces tax load on MFIs receiving money from abroad

The Ministry of Economy and Finance (MEF) recently decided to shrink the tax burden for local microfinance institutions (MFIs) by lowering withholding tax on interest from loans acquired from abroad from 14 to 10 percent, a move that the government claims will keep the massive ...

Hor Kimsay
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/government-reduces-tax-load-mfis-receiving-money-abroad

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