42% of loans taken in capital; women outnumber men in provinces
As much as 42 percent of the loans disbursed by banks and commercial banks in Cambodia has been taken by residents living in its capital Phnom Penh while women borrowers outnumber men in most of the provinces. ...
SME Bank loans top $410M, help over 3K businesses
The state-owned Small and Medium Enterprise Bank of Cambodia Plc (SME Bank) has disbursed some $418 million in loans to at least 3,185 small- and medium-sized enterprises (SME) since its foundation, as of October 31, to keep them from going under during the height of ...
Seven more financial institutions join CGCC
Seven financial institutions (FI) on June 29 signed a credit guarantee agreement with government-owned Credit Guarantee Corporation of Cambodia (CGCC) to provide more business loans in an effort to contribute to economic activities amid the ongoing Covid-19 health crisis. ...
Banks, MDIs urged to provide loans
The National Bank of Cambodia (NBC) has encouraged banks and money-deposit taking institution (MDIs) to continue disbursing loans and possibly suspend interest for businesses impacted by the Covid-19 outbreak, especially in the tourism industry. ...
New fund set to enhance SMEs’ access to finance
The government is allocating $50 million to support small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the agricultural sector. The funds can be accessed in the form of low-interest loans through the state-owned Rural Development Bank (RDB). ...
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 ...
RDB to request an extra $50 million to beef up agriculture emergency fund
The Rural Development Bank (RDB), a state-own institution, plans to request an additional $50 million to beef up the government-led emergency fund for the agriculture sector, according to a bank representative. ...
Cambodia, Sri Lanka and the China debt trap
The influx of Chinese economic assistance into Sri Lanka and Cambodia has raised questions regarding the intentions behind these massive loans. A 2016 International Monetary Fund report showed that Cambodia’s external multilateral public debt is now at US$1.6 billion, while its bilateral public debt with ...
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Bank trims rate to coax millers
The state-owned bank entrusted with extending $27 million in emergency loans to millers to purchase rice paddy has marginally lowered the interest rate on these conditional loans in an effort to shorten some of the strings attached. The Rural Development Bank (RDB) announced late on Sunday ...
Cambodia’s Hun Sen Slams U.S. Threats Over Aid
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen on Friday criticized U.S. threats to cut aid to the impoverished Southeast Asian nation if its election wasn’t free and fair, and dared American lawmakers to follow through on their warning. His comments came after U.S. lawmakers started processes in the ...
Revenues up at mail service, but not locally
Revenue at the Cambodia Post (CP), the country’s mail service provider, rose nearly $2 million in the first half of this year, a 10 per cent increase compared to the same period in 2012. But the service still handles mostly international shipments, and is failing ...
MFI loans, deposits continue to increase
Both outstanding loans and savings deposits in 35 microfinance institutions (MFIs) continued to grow from January through to June this year, according to the latest report from the Cambodia Microfinance Association (CMA). By the end of the first half of this year, total loans from MFIs ...
Workers paid out on doorstop of election
A month-long battle to secure back pay waged by 750 garment workers has ended only days before the national election – with the government footing the bill. The $450,000 payout to the Pine Great (Cambodia) factory workers – whose factory owner skipped town in April – ...
IPU Finds Assembly Has Little Loans Oversight
Cambodia’s National Assembly is lacking, compared to other countries’ parliaments, in the oversight it exercises over new loans taken out by the government from international financial institutions, according to a new report. The study, published Tuesday by Geneva-based Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and the World Bank, found ...
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 ...
Cambodia, S. Korea to sign loan agreement
South Korea will soon give a four year loan package worth $200 million for dam and road projects, according to Cambodian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Friday. The loan will be utilized to repair three national road lines as well as rural roads in nine ...
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 ...
ADB to loan $55 million to Cambodia's rice sector
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a loan of $55 million to help transform the rice sector of Cambodia into a viable commercial industry as well as taking care of the land and water resources. ADB’s Climate-Resilient Rice Commercialization Sector Development Program―which will run ...
Japan provides 36 mln USD grant aid to Cambodia for clean water, education
The government of Japan on Wednesday signed to provide a grant aid of 36 million U.S. dollars to Cambodia for a clean water project and a human resource development project. According to a press statement, the amount of 33.4 million U.S. dollars goes for the ...
Families Left Worse off After Railway Project
Phnom Penh families being pushed to the city’s outskirts to make way for a $142.6 million railway renovation project funded by Australia and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) are falling into debt and finding it harder to earn money and access healthcare according to a ...