Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - ABA Bank supports Samdech Techo Project for landmine-free Cambodia with $200,000

ABA Bank supports Samdech Techo Project for landmine-free Cambodia with $200,000

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
ABA Bank contributes US$200,000 to support Samdech Techo Project for landmine-free Cambodia by 2025 through the Cambodian Mine Action and Victim Assistance Authority (CMAA). SUPPLIED

ABA Bank supports Samdech Techo Project for landmine-free Cambodia with $200,000

ABA Bank, the largest Cambodian commercial bank, signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Cambodian Mine Action and Victim Assistance Authority (CMAA).

ABA made a charitable contribution of $200,000 to the Samdech Techo Project for Mine Action.

The fund will be used to boost mine clearance work to achieve the country’s goal of becoming a mine-free nation by 2025.

The MoU signing ceremony took place at ABA Bank Headquarters and was presided over by H.E. Ly Thuch, Senior Minister of the Royal Government of Cambodia and First Vice-President of CMAA, and Askhat Azhikhanov, Chief Executive Officer of ABA Bank.

Commenting on the MoU, Azhikhanov said, “CMAA has saved many lives throughout the country from mines and explosive remnants of war.

“We at ABA are grateful for their hard work and fully supportive of the “Samdech Techo Project for Mine Action” initiative by the Prime Minister to achieve the goal of a mine-free Cambodia by 2025.

“We hope that our modest contribution will help this incredible work to provide safe access to land, infrastructure, irrigation, and clean water,” he added.

In addition to this donation, ABA will enable the opportunity for more than 2 million of ABA Mobile app users to donate to CMAA directly from the mobile app free of charge.

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
H.E. Ly Thuch (right) and Mr. Askhat Azhikhanov sign the Memorandum of Understanding between CMAA and ABA Bank for the Samdech Techo Project for Mine Action. SUPPLIED

Thuch said: “On behalf of Prime Minister, I would like to thank ABA Bank for its charitable contribution of US$200,000 to the national movement for demining funds initiated under the “Samdech Techo Project for Mine Action. Providing Safe Ground, Creating Smiles”.

“This MoU will significantly contribute to the Cambodian people to live in a mine-free country. People can join hands to help get rid of remnants of war and clear unexploded ordnance by donating to the CMAA ABA account.”

In line with its corporate social responsibility values, ABA Bank regularly participates in charity programmes to benefit the people and communities.

The bank recently donated US$200,000 to the Cambodian Red Cross for its humanitarian activities.

It also supported the Samdech Techo Voluntary Youth Doctor Association (TYDA) in providing free healthcare to rural communities and the Association of Samdech Kittiprittbandit Scholarship Students (AMT) for supporting bright and gifted Cambodians via scholarships and educational programmes with US$100,000 to each Association.

In April 2021, the bank donated US$1,000,000 to support the government’s efforts to stop the spread of Covid.

About ABA Bank

ABA Bank is Cambodia’s largest commercial bank by total assets, customer deposits, gross loans and net profit. As of 30 June, the bank’s assets reached US$8.5 billion.

With 81 branches, 23 ABA 24/7 spots, more than 900 self-banking machines and advanced online and mobile banking platforms, ABA Bank reaches out to millions of customers with an array of modern financial services.


  • Joy as Koh Ker Temple registered by UNESCO

    Cambodia's Koh Ker Temple archaeological site has been officially added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List, during the 45th session of the World Heritage Committee held in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on September 17. The ancient temple, also known as Lingapura or Chok Gargyar, is located in

  • Famed US collector family return artefacts to Cambodia

    In the latest repatriation of ancient artefacts from the US, a total of 33 pieces of Khmer cultural heritage will soon return home, according to the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts. In a September 12 press statement, it said the US Attorney’s Office for the

  • Tina rebuffs ‘false claims’ over falling paddy price

    Agriculture minister Dith Tina has shed light on the trade of paddy rice in Battambang – Cambodia’s leading rice-producing province – in a bid to curb what he dubs a “social media fact distortion campaign” to destabilise the market. While acknowledging that the prices of paddy

  • Cambodia set to celebrate Koh Ker UNESCO listing

    To celebrate the inscription of the Koh Ker archaeological site on UNESCO’s World Heritage List, the Ministry of Cults and Religion has appealed to pagodas and places of worship to celebrate the achievement by ringing bells, shaking rattles and banging gongs on September 20. Venerable

  • Kampot curfew imposed to curb ‘gang’ violence

    Kampot provincial police have announced measures to contain a recent spike in antisocial behaviour by “unruly’ youth. Officials say the province has been plagued by recent violence among so-called “gang members”, who often fight with weapons such as knives and machetes. Several social observers have

  • PM outlines plans to discuss trade, policy during US visit

    Prime Minister Hun Manet is set to meet with senior US officials and business leaders during his upcoming visit to the US for the UN General Assembly (UNGA), scheduled for September 20. While addressing nearly 20,000 workers in Kampong Speu province, Manet said he aims to affirm