Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - NBC to continue to use tools to strengthen confidence in the riel

NBC to continue to use tools to strengthen confidence in the riel

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Traffic passes in front of the National Bank of Cambodia headquarters in Phnom Penh. Heng Chivoan

NBC to continue to use tools to strengthen confidence in the riel

The National Bank of Cambodia (NBC) announced on Friday that it will continue to strengthen confidence in the local currency by stabilising the currency exchange rate and enforcing its existing financial tools to boost the riel’s usage.

NBC’s Monetary Policy Committee conducted a meeting last Friday and according to its press release issued the same day, it will continue stabilising the currency exchange rate based on actual economic change.

It will also stabilise the interest rate of liquidity-providing collateralised operations (LPCO) and make 800 billion Cambodian riel ($200 million) a month available for banks and financial institutions to obtain funds through the LPCO.

The committee also committed to continue boosting awareness of riel usage and follow through on enforcement requiring banks and micro-financial institutions to have at least 10 per cent of their total outstanding loans in the local currency.

NBC’s release during the first quarter of this year said macro-economic indicators have proven good progress.

“The inflation rate is low with an average of 1.9 per cent, the exchange rate remains steady at 4,017 riel per USD, and gross foreign reserves continue to increase and are able to ensure the import of goods and services for the next five months,” the release said.

MOST VIEWED

  • Research key to Kanitha’s rep for expertise

    Sok Kanitha is used to weighing in on controversial issues using a confident approach that signals expertise and authority, and a recent video she made was no exception. Her “Episode 342: The History of NATO” video went live on January 16, 2023 and immediately shot to 30,000 likes and 3,500

  • Cambodia maintains 'Kun Khmer' stance despite Thailand’s boycott threat

    Cambodia has taken the position that it will use the term "Kun Khmer" to refer to the sport of kickboxing at the upcoming Southeast Asian (SEA) Games, and has removed the term Muay from all references to the sport. Despite strong reactions from the Thai

  • Knockout! Kun Khmer replaces ‘Muay’ for Phnom Penh Games

    Cambodia has decided to officially remove the word Muay from the programme of the 32nd Southeast Asian (SEA) Games 2023 in May. “Kun Khmer” will instead be used to represent the Southeast Asian sport of kickboxing, in accordance with the wishes of the Cambodian people. Vath

  • Artificial insemination takes herd from 7 to 700

    Some farms breed local cows or even import bulls from a broad for the purpose of breeding heavier livestock for meat production. One Tbong Khnum farmer has found a more efficient way. Hout Leang employs artificial insemination to fertilise local cows. Thanks to imported “straws”

  • New int’l airport nearly half complete as travel industry returns to life

    Construction of a new airport that is slated to serve the capital has passed the 43 per cent completion mark, raising prospects for a proper recovery in the civil aviation and tourism sectors as international travellers return to the Kingdom in increasingly large numbers. The figure

  • Chinese group tours return to Cambodia starting Feb 6

    Cambodia is among 20 countries selected by Beijing for a pilot programme allowing travel agencies to provide international group tours as well as flight and hotel packages to Chinese citizens, following a three-year ban. As the days tick down until the programme kicks off on February 6,