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Students to learn financial literacy

Cambodian students from grade 1 to 12 will begin studying basic financial skills starting in the 2019 academic year as the National Bank of Cambodia (NBC) is now finalising the curriculum. NBC director-general Chea Serey said Thursday that the new curriculum would help boost the ...

Hor Kimsay
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/students-learn-financial-literacy

National Bank of Cambodia warns of dodgy lenders

The National Bank of Cambodia (NBC) announced on Friday that it is seeking to cooperate with relevant stakeholders to crack down on illegal lenders. It also alerted the public about the dangers of taking cash loans from unfamiliar sources. ...

Hor Kimsay
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/national-bank-cambodia-warns-dodgy-lenders

NBC officials optimistic about growing riel usage

The Cambodian riel accounted for about 17 percent of total currency circulation last year, a number similar to previous years, but central bank officials said they remained optimistic that use of the local currency will grow in the future. ...

Hor Kimsay
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/nbc-officials-optimistic-about-growing-riel-usage

New warning against digital coins issued

The Securities and Exchange Commission of Cambodia (SECC) yesterday warned the public against investing in cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, arguing that there is no regulation in place to manage the use of digital coins. ...

May Kunmakara
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/50102471/new-warning-against-digital-coins-issued/

Hun Sen vows to launch new bank for SMEs

Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday pledged to start a new bank with an initial capital of $100 million to provide financing for small and medium enterprises (SMEs), with industry players saying its success hinged on whether concessional or low interest rates could be provided to ...

Hor Kimsay
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/hun-sen-vows-launch-new-bank-smes

Thai bank’s $140M offer to buy Cambodian MFI on hold

Eight months since announcing the biggest acquisition deal in the history of Cambodia’s financial sector, Thailand-based Bank of Ayudhya, also known as Krungsri Bank, has yet to receive approval for the landmark deal. In a statement released in January, Bank of Ayudhya announced its intention ...

Hor Kimsay
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/thai-banks-140m-offer-buy-cambodian-mfi-hold

Woori ruled out of Prasac bid

South Korean financial giant Woori Bank, widely seen as the preferred bidder for a 50 per cent stake in Cambodian microlender Prasac, is out of the running as it was not presented to the central bank as an official bidder, local banking officials have said. ...

Hor Kimsay
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/woori-ruled-out-prasac-bid

Prasac ups paid up capital

One of the Kingdom’s largest microfinance institutions (MFI), Prasac MFI, increased its paid up share capital by $29 million in a bid to increase public confidence and comply with the National Bank of Cambodia’s (NBC) requirements. ...

May Kunmakara
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/27959/prasac-ups-paid-up-capital/

Financial literacy in schools

Financial literacy, for students to make effective and informed money management decisions, will now be in the general education curriculum due to joint efforts by the National Bank of Cambodia (NBC) and the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport (MoEYS). ...

Sok Chan
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/27905/financial-literacy-in-schools/

First-ever FDI survey identifies $20B in capital inflow

Foreign direct investment (FDI) to Cambodia over a 20-year period – from 1994 to 2014 – is estimated to have reached $19.2 billion and was heavily weighed by inflows of capital from China, according to the first-ever comprehensive survey on FDI, released yesterday. ...

Hor Kimsay
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/first-ever-fdi-survey-identifies-20b-capital-inflow

Central bank allays dollar concerns

The National Bank of Cambodia responded to rumours yesterday that local banks were no longer accepting US dollar banknotes with minor imperfections, such as small tears, creases or ink stamps, stating that the central bank had not changed its policies. ...

Hor Kimsay
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/central-bank-allays-dollar-concerns

Microfinancer Prasac looking to partner up with Korean giant

Woori Bank, South Korea’s second-largest bank in terms of assets, is vying to purchase a 50 per cent stake Cambodia’s largest microfinance institution, Prasac, the company’s CEO confirmed yesterday. ...

Hor Kimsay
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/microfinancer-prasac-looking-parter-korean-giant

NBC modernizes payment system

The National Bank of Cambodia (NBC) received a grant totaling $8 million from the South Korean government, through the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) to modernize its national retail payment system as the Kingdom gets ready to trade in the Asean Economic Community. ...

May Kunmakara
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/25854/nbc-modernizes-payment-system/

South korean bank eyes Cambodia

The South Korea-based Nong Hyup Bank plans to open a branch in the Kingdom and will focus on investments and loans in the agriculture sector, according to a senior official in the Ministry of Agriculture. ...

May Kunmakara
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/25465/south-korean-bank-eyes-cambodia/

Gov’t calls for microfinance NGOs to register with NBC

A government official lambasted the slow application rate for non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that operate as microfinance lenders, urging them to register with the National Bank of Cambodia (NBC). ...

Kali Kotoski and Cheng Sokhorng
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/govt-calls-microfinance-ngos-register-nbc

Major surge in micro lending, association says

Lending by microfinance institutions (MFIs) rose about 50 percent at an annualized rate during the first nine months of the year, according to the Cambodia Microfinance Association, which said the surge was sparked by economic stability and an increase in demand from clients wanting to ...

Sok Chan
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/17497/major-surge-in-micro-lending--association-says/

Cambodia earns $2 bn from its casino annually

Cambodia’s casino industry has generated a revenue of approximately $2 billion per annum, the country’s central bank chief said here on Wednesday. ...

Business Standard News Staff
http://www.business-standard.com/article/news-ians/cambodia-earns-2-bn-from-its-casinos-annually-115093000332_1.html

Cambodia aims to reduce dollarization

Cambodia has designed strategies to give riel (local currency) a boost so as to reduce dollarization, which represents about 80 percent of the currencies circulated in the country, the Central Bank’s senior officials said Tuesday. ...

Xinhuanet News Staff
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2015-09/29/c_134672213.htm

Central bank seeks to promote Riel use

Cambodia’s central bank is seeking to promote the use of the riel and wean the Kingdom’s economy off its dependence on the US dollar, a senior banking official said on Tuesday. Speaking at a luncheon organized by the British Chamber of Commerce in Cambodia (BritCham), Chea ...

Cam McGrath
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/12117/central-bank-seeks-to-promote-riel-use/

SME policy needed by AEC

Public and private sector representatives have urged the Cambodian government to fast-track policies to foster a more “formalised”, compliant and productive small- to medium-size enterprise (SME) sector. Chea Serey, director general at the National Bank of Cambodia said the high cost of regulatory compliance, a ...

Eddie Morton
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/sme-policy-needed-aec

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