Government reveals new budget reform strategy

Prime Minister Hun Sen on Friday announced the government’s new strategy for budget reform aimed at enhancing the sound management of public funds. Dubbed ‘Budget system reform programme for 2018-2025’, the new blueprint for the country’s budgetary policy was presented to the public during the ...

Sok Chan

Early data show decline in garment sector growth

The labour minister said on Monday that Cambodia’s garment sector grew by 4 percent last year to reach $7.6 billion, which would mark a slowdown in the growth rate compared to previous years. ...

Hor Kimsay

India loan signed to fund dam in Kampong Speu

India’s state-owned Export-Import Bank agreed to loan $36.92 million to the Cambodian government to fund the development of a dam and reservoir in Kampong Speu province. ...

Hor Kimsay

Tax exemption offered to SMEs

A two-year income tax exemption is being offered to small and medium-sized enterprises that register with the Ministry of Economy and Finance before the end of 2018.   ...

Chea Vannak

Slowdown in services sector

A slow growth in tourism, and a slowdown in the logistics and real estate sectors could cumulatively have a knock-on effect that will threaten the overall growth of the country’s services sector, a report from the Ministry of Economy and Finance said yesterday. ...

Sok Chan

Kingdom’s economy insulated: officials

Speakers at a government forum held yesterday on macroeconomic management and the 2017 budget law said Cambodia’s strong economic growth has been largely unscathed by China’s slowdown, though clouds were forming on the horizon. ...

Hor Kimsay

$30B casino, theme park project mooted

MQ Technology Bhd, a Malaysian investment holding company, is looking to form a joint venture with a newly formed entity, Cambodian Resorts and Entertainment Co Ltd, to build a $30 million casino and theme park in Prey Veng province near the Vietnamese border, according to ...

Kali Kotoski

Budget backed without support

Members of the ruling Cambodian People’s Party voted in the National Assembly yesterday to back a 2017 national budget that outlines spending of $5 billion, but opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) members refused to give it their support. ...

Chea Vannak

Another setback for online business registry

The Ministry of Commerce has extended the deadline for companies to re-register their businesses online for a third – and “final” – time, giving companies until December 31 to complete the online registration before penalties kick in, according to a document posted yesterday on the ...

Post Staff

ADB to muscle up its lending with pledge of $1B

Cambodia could receive over $1 billion in developmental aid and grant funding from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in the coming four years as the multilateral financial institution consolidates its lending arms and scales up operations across the region – a move that some analysts ...

Kali Kotoski

MFIs watch rice loans

The country’s financial institutions are closely monitoring loans that have been made to rice farmers, who say that this year’s fall in rice prices will affect their ability to make repayments, industry officials said yesterday. Last year, farmers were paid around 840 riel ($0.21) per kilogram ...

May Kunmakara

Rice millers can now get $20 mil

Rice millers in the country will now be able to access the government’s promised emergency loan of $20 million to purchase paddy rice from farmers in a bid to prevent rice prices from falling further, the Rural Development Bank (RDB) announced yesterday. Rural Development Bank CEO ...

Sok Chan

Nagaworld reaches tax deal

NagaWorld, a subsidiary of a Hong Kong-listed NagaCorp, reached a deal with the Ministry of Economy and Finance to pay a new tax rate on their non-gaming operations, said a ministry official. ...

May Kunmakara

Joint online tax system

The Ministry of Commerce and the Ministry of Economy and Finance’s general taxation department plan to jointly operate an online business tax registration system in a bid to strengthen tax collection in the country and root out corruption. Sok Sopheak, under-secretary of state of the Ministry ...

Chea Vannak

FDI inflow seen as driving economic development

A modest increase in the inflow of foreign direct investment is a sign that Cambodia remains an attractive destination to investors, and will go a long way toward the country’s development, analysts said yesterday. Total capital inflow of foreign direct investment (FDI) to Cambodia amounted to ...

Hor Kimsay

Drink a beer to save the planet

As a way to possibly boost funding for environmental protection in the Kingdom, Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday floated the idea of an extra tax on cigarettes and alcohol. Speaking at a forum on the protection and conservation of natural resources in Phnom Penh, the prime ...

Chea Vannak

Regulators keeping a close eye on derivatives market

Cambodia’s capital market regulator held a forum yesterday on regulations and safeguards for the derivatives market, laying out the inherent risk and reward of the poorly understood financial instrument that has until recently operated with no oversight. ...

Kali Kotoski

Loan for silos in limbo

There seems to be no definite period of when a $300 million loan from the Chinese government, to build large silos to store rice for milling, will be disbursed to the Cambodian government. ...

Sum Manet

Exports to US rise over 9 percent last year

With the American economy expanding, Cambodia’s total export to the country increased  slightly more than 9 per cent last year over 2014, the latest US trade data shows. ...

May Kunmakara

Minister of Economy and Finance talks 2016 budget

The National Assembly passed the government’s $4.3 billion budget for 2016 this week, which includes a plan to take on nearly $1 billion in foreign debt. The Post’s Siv Meng sat down with Aun Porn Moniroth, Minister of Economy and Finance, to discuss the revenue ...

Siv Meng

New salary bump for civil sector employees

Civil servants will see their salaries raised again from January as part of incremental annual pay increases scheduled through 2018, the government announced yesterday.Next year’s raise will mean about 200,000 civil servants will have their basic salaries increased by 12 per cent from the current ...

Chhay Channyda

Gov’t increases funding for children’s hospitals

Kantha Bopha Children’s Hospital will receive an additional $2 million this year from the government purse, Prime Minister Hun Sen said yesterday. ...

Chhay Channyda

MEF strengthens property data to analyse the development sector

“I confess that the ministry hasn’t been able to control and achieve transparency in the real estate sector, but I can say that this sector has yet to show any signs of trouble,” Ngoun Sokha, secretary of state for the Ministry of Economy and Finance, ...

Phnom Penh Post News Staff

Bubble trouble downplayed

Government officials and industry insiders downplayed concerns about the sustainability of the construction and real estate sector yesterday, although they agreed that closer monitoring of the industry was needed to understand risks to the economy.At a meeting in Phnom Penh yesterday, officials from several ministries, ...

Siv Meng, Ananth Baliga and Sor Chandara

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