Amata gets IFC backing in sustainability push

The industrial sector in Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam contributed 32.3 per cent of the region’s GDP in 2017 and provided an estimated 20 per cent of the employment, said the IFC, the private-sector arm of the World Bank. It said that industrial zones provide ...

Forty Chinese banks found in violation of interbank rules

China’s central bank has found 40 banks in violation of interbank account regulations and have ordered them to rectify the problem within three to six months, financial magazine Caixin reported on Tuesday, citing a document. Read more ...

World Bank Appoints New Director for Region

The World Bank has appointed a new director for Cambodia, Burma and Laos, it said in a media statement on Tuesday. Ellen Goldstein, a 30-year veteran at the bank and previously the director for the West Balkans and earlier for Bangladesh and Nepal, will be ...

Baht upheaval carries across industries

Agriculture, electronics, and food and drink have been hit hardest by the baht’s 6% year-to-date appreciation, according to Asia Plus Securities (ASP). Porranee Thongyen, ASP’s head of research, said the stronger than expected baht hurt exporters like Sri Trang Agro Industry Plc, which earns most ...

VIAC encourages alternative dispute resolutions

The Vietnam International Arbitration Centre organised a workshop on June 6 with the International Finance Corporation to promote the use of alternative dispute resolution methods in the banking and finance sector. The conference, named ‘Benefits and Challenges of Using ADR for Banking Disputes’, focused on the principles, ...

BoT eases up on forex regulations

The Bank of Thailand on June 5 loosened a set of foreign exchange regulations, including allowing Thais to invest directly in securities abroad at an amount of up to $1 million a year, in a fresh bid to accommodate capital outflows, curb the appreciating baht (which ...

Myanmar's AYA Bank lowers barrier to Visa card

Myanmar’s Ayeyarwady Bank, also known as AYA Bank, announced on Tuesday that it will start issuing Visa cards to a wider customer base. The bank will issue three types of credit cards — silver, gold and platinum. The most accessible card requires a monthly income ...

EDL amasses huge debt due to unpaid bills, investment outlay

Unpaid electricity fees, notably owed by state organisations, have accumulated into a large debt to be paid to Electricite Du Laos (EDL), a minister told the recent National Assembly session. Minister of Energy and Mines Dr Khammany Inthilath gave the information when responding to questions ...

ANZ distances itself from Cambodian partner

Australian financial institution ANZ has distanced itself from the Royal Group, its local partner in a Cambodian joint venture bank, following police reports linking the group to illegal logging activities. A report published by Cambodia’s National Police this week accused Royal Group, owned by prominent ...

RCEP opens markets for Cambodia

The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership has the potential to deliver significant business opportunities for Cambodia, given that the 16 RCEP participating countries contribute about 30 percent of global GDP and more than a quarter of world exports, said a Commerce Ministry official on May 18. “RCEP ...

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