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Microfinance sector grows at 20% by end of 2022

Cambodia’s microfinance sector recorded over 20 percent growth both in terms of loans and deposits by the end of 2022 compared to the same period in 2021, despite the Covid-19 pandemic and the war in Ukraine, according to the Cambodia Microfinance Association (CMA). ...

Sok Sithika
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/501209879/microfinance-sector-grows-at-20-by-end-of-2022/

Key lenders agree to ease loan terms for flood victims

Members of Cambodia’s apex bodies of the banking and microfinance industries have agreed to ease restrictions on loan repayments, reduce interest rates, as well as restructure loans for customers deemed to be significantly affected by the heavy rains and floods that have swept the Kingdom ...

May Kunmakara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/key-lenders-agree-ease-loan-terms-flood-victims

MoU signed to push financial literacy

Associations of Banks and Microfinance Institutions signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Monday with a FinTech federation to promote financial literacy and inclusion as part of a move towards greater digital adoption. ...

Prak Chan Thul
https://kiripost.com/stories/mou-signed-to-push-financial-literacy

Microfinance association claims NGO statement “biased”

The Cambodia Microfinance Association (CMA) regarded the commentary by NGOs and civil society organizations on the industry as “biased, incomplete, and cherry-picked”, taking just the negative parts of a report produced by Germany’s Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) into account while ignoring ...

Samban Chandara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/microfinance-association-claims-ngo-statement-biased

Khmer Enterprise and CMA enter into partnership to boosting access to financial service for SMEs

Khmer Enterprise (KE), a unit under the Ministry of Economy and Finance and the Cambodia Microfinance Association has entered into a cooperation agreement on promoting  access to finance for entrepreneurs and SMEs in the ecosystem of Cambodia. ...

Chea Vanyuth
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50979560/khmer-enterprise-and-cma-enter-into-partnership-to-boosting-access-to-financial-service-for-smes/

MFIs disburse $7.73 billion in first semester in Cambodia

The Cambodia Microfinance Association (CMA) has disbursed a total $7.730 billion in loan to a close of 2 million customers in the first half of this year. ...

Khmer Times Staff
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50936570/mfis-disburse-7-73-billion-in-first-semester-in-cambodia/

Microfinance body calls for more lending

Cambodia Microfinance Association (CMA) on April 27 urged its members to release more credit to customers as the spread of Covid-19, exacerbated by the February 20 community transmission is having a huge impact on all businesses, especially in Phnom Penh and Takmao town. ...

Hin Pisei
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/microfinance-body-calls-more-lending

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

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/

Banks and FI loan restructuring extended until mid-2021

The National Bank of Cambodia (NBC) will allow banks and financial institutions to continue loan restructuring until mid-2021, according to a letter sent to the Association of Banks in Cambodia (ABC) and the Cambodia Microfinance Association (CMA) last week. ...

Sok Chan
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50785076/banks-and-fi-loan-restructuring-extended-until-mid-2021/

Banks support NBC proposal

The Association of Banks in Cambodia (ABC) and the Cambodia Microfinance Association (CMA) have expressed support for suggestions the National Bank of Cambodia (NBC) has given to financial institutions to reduce the impact of Covid-19 on the local economy. ...

May Kunmakara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/banks-support-nbc-proposal

Microfinance commits to fulfilling tax obligations

Cambodia Microfinance Association (CMA) yesterday said it has taken steps to fulfill its tax obligations to the government. ...

Chhut Bunthoeun
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50696115/microfinance-commits-to-fulfilling-tax-obligations

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

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

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

Firms back loan relief measures for victims

Representatives from the Kingdom’s microfinance sector on Sunday said the industry was keeping a close watch on those impacted by the Mekong River flooding, and that they were willing to take measures to reduce the financial burden on the victims. ...

Hor Kimsay
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/firms-back-loan-relief-measures-victims

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

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

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

CMA launches fund to strengthen MFI staffing

The Cambodia Microfinance Association (CMA) has announced that it will establish a staff development fund to stem the tide of cross-institutional recruitment in the competitive microfinance institution (MFI) sector. ...

Post Staff
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/cma-launches-fund-strengthen-mfi-staffing

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