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Deposits and loans increase

Deposit and loans at major commercial banks have continued to climb over the first half of this year, industry officials say. Grant Knuckey, chief executive officer of ANZ Royal Bank, said yesterday that ANZ continues to see strong growth in trade finance led by the agricultural ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/deposits-and-loans-increase

Scammers pose as bank staffers

Acleda Bank is trying to protect its customers from getting bamboozled by a phone scam in which callers allegedly posing as bank employees ask for money transfers in exchange for a prize, according to a statement and ads placed in a local newspaper. An Acleda ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/2013070966730/Business/scammers-pose-as-bank-staffers.html

China currency deals surge

As trade activity between Cambodia and China intensifies, banks are seeing an increase in deals transacted in yuan, the Chinese currency. Operating in Cambodia since 2010, Bank of China’s Phnom Penh Branch has been trying to promote business transactions in yuan, and has seen a significant ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/2013070866712/Business/china-currency-deals-surge.html

Malaysian bank eyes the affluent

A new Malaysian player in Cambodia’s expanding banking sector aims to capture the “emerging affluent” with its mobile and online services. Malaysian-based Hong Leong Bank will begin operating in Phnom Penh today, with a branch on Street 214. Joe Farrugia, CEO of Hong Leong Bank Cambodia, ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/2013070866710/Business/malaysian-bank-eyes-the-affluent.html

Largest MFI Prasac gets loan boost for coffers

Cambodia’s largest microfinance institution, (MFI) Prasac, has received a $60.5 million loan to strengthen its capacity in offering broader financial services in the country. On Friday, Prasac signed the agreement for the syndicate loan – provided by more than one lender – with the Netherlands Development ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/2013070166577/Business/largest-mfi-prasac-gets-loan-boost-for-coffers.html

Local banks gain trust: survey

Nearly nine out of 10 Cambodians have confidence in local financial institutions, a trend that stands in sharp contrast to Europe and the US, a poll published last week found. However, industry insiders question the results, as the Kingdom’s financial services are still under-developed. The poll ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/2013052765847/Business/local-banks-gain-trust-survey.html

Acleda readies to open Myanmar’s first micro-finance firm

Cambodia’s largest bank is ready to launch its first micro-finance institution (MFI) in Myanmar, but one final barrier remains: an operating licence from Myanmar’s government. Acleda Bank’s chief executive, In Channy, expects the licence to be granted by the end of this month. Once that is done, ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/2013011760823/Business/acleda-readies-to-open-myanmar-s-first-micro-finance-firm.html

Tough times for telecom bosses in 2012

The year 2012 has seen a number of changes of personnel within different companies in Cambodia, particularly in the telecommunications sector, but also in the insurance and banking industry. According to In Channy, ACLEDA Bank’s CEO and vice chairman of the International Business Chamber Cambodia, the ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/2013010160558/Business/tough-times-for-telecom-bosses-in-12.html

The bank that likes to say less: Cambodia’s greatest commercial success story is not over yet

AN HOUR’S drive south of Phnom Penh, deep in rural Cambodia, Chrek Heang is doing the rounds of his rapidly expanding poultry and fisheries business. Just four years ago he was living, like most of his countrymen, in a small wooden hut with a tin ...

http://www.economist.com/node/21563302

Taiwan Cooperative Bank to open Cambodia branch

Taiwan Cooperative Bank, the banking arm under Taiwan Cooperative Financial Holding Co. Ltd., received the green light from Cambodia’s central bank to open a branch in the capital city of Phnom Penh, the bank said Saturday. Cambodia, a member of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, ...

http://focustaiwan.tw/ShowNews/WebNews_Detail.aspx?Type=aECO&ID=201209080024

Bounced cheques causing concern

Military police in Siem Reap province arrested a 33-year-old woman this week on accusations of fraudulent activity involving writing a cheque at a local bank. Cheque account usage, an infrequently used service only a few years ago, is gaining traction in the Kingdom. Bank officials said fraudulent cheques ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012080357788/Business/bounced-cheques-causing-concern.html

World Bank raps dam study firm

The World Bank has blacklisted an arm of the company that carried out a much-criticised study into the Xayaburi hydro dam project, it has confirmed. According to the bank’s website, Pöyry Management Consulting Oy Finland has been banned from conducting business with the bank for three ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012072057536/National-news/world-bank-raps-dam-study-firm.html

Micro-Lender To Roll Out ATM Service

Hattha Kaksekar Limited, one of the country’s largest microfinance institutions (MFIs), is in talks to become a commercial bank by 2014, an official at the micro-lender said yesterday. The move, if successful, will be in line with the Central Bank’s policy to support MFIs in diversifying ...

Acleda Applies To Open Banks In Burma

Acleda Bank has filed an application to start banking operations in Burma with the central bank and is on track to open its first microfinance branch in the country by January, Acleda President In Channy said yesterday. Mr. Channy said the bank submitted its application for ...

Acleda HQ Expansion to Start in Three Months

Acleda Bank will break ground on a 20-story tower directly behind its current headquarters on Monivong Boulevard in September to become the third bank in the country to push ahead with a high-rise property in the capital, officials at the bank said yesterday. John Brinsden, Acleda’s ...

KR Banking Chief Says Institution Was Sham

On his first day of questioning at the Khmer Rouge tribunal yesterday, Sar Kim Lomouth, the deputy director of the State Bank of Democratic Kampuchea, described how the national financial institution was nothing but a charade during the Pol Pot regime. Currency had been abolished and financial transactions eliminated under ...

KR commerce scrutinized

Democratic Kampuchea’s commerce committee was under the leadership of co-accused Khieu Samphan and Ieng Sary, testimony by former national bank deputy director Sar Kimlomouth revealed yesterday at the Khmer Rouge tribunal. Although the Khmer Rouge regime had eliminated currency and attempted to turn the nation into ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012060156534/National-news/kr-commerce-scrutinized.html

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