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Job Vacancy with CGCC – Senior Manager/Manager of Business Development (Bond Guarantee)

Job Overview

The Senior Manager/Manager of Bond Guarantee Business of the Credit Guarantee Corporation of Cambodia (CGCC) will report to the Head of the Strategy and Business Development Department on CGCC’s bond guarantee matters.

Job Description

  • Assist the Head of the Strategy and Business Development Department in strategic planning to develop and execute CGCC’s bond guarantees.
  • Originate and structure new guaranteed bond transactions.
  • Process new CGCC-guaranteed bond transactions, including preparing documentation, conducting due diligence by collaborating with relevant CGCC departments, and seeking approval from CGCC’s management.
  • Oversee performance and monitoring of guaranteed bond and recommend any remedial actions.
  • Support and assist the Head of SBD on any bond guarantee-related matters involving ministries, regulators, and other public institutions.
  • Develop close working relationships with securities companies, potential issuers, and bond investors to expand CGCC’s bond guarantee opportunities.
  • Develop close working relationships with CGCC’s international partners regarding bond guarantees.
  • Perform any other roles and responsibilities as assigned by management periodically.

Qualification

  • A minimum of a master’s degree in economics, finance, business, or a related field.
  • At least five years of working experience in the banking or securities sectors, particularly in bond underwriting, credit operation, or risk management.
  • Strong analytical and strategic thinking skills.
  • Proven coordination, communication, interpersonal and diplomatic skills.
  • Ability to work effectively as a team with a sense of responsibility, flexibility, adaptability, and ability to learn and work under pressure.
  • Ability to prioritize tasks effectively, maintain timelines, and manage/plan workloads effectively.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills in Khmer and English.
  • Competence in Microsoft Office Software.

CGCC participating in UNDP Cambodia Investor Convening

On 08 April 2024, Mr. Wong Keet Loong, CEO of CGCC was invited to be a panelist at the “Investor Convening Event for the Growth Stage Impact Venture Program in Cambodia” to share CGCC’s initiative in enabling the financing environment for private sector development Cambodia in the panel discussion focusing on “Investment landscape in Cambodia Specifically in Climate Adaptation”.

Through this panel discussion, Mr. Wong shared the government’s support mechanism for the private sector in access to finance through CGCC credit guarantee for businesses, especially green sector businesses. He also highlighted the Sustainable Green Financing Facility of CGCC, which is a blended financing model developed with support from UNDP to increase CGCC’s guarantee capacity for the green sector.

This UNDP Cambodia Investor Convening event aims to raise public and private sector interest and awareness around climate-anchored market solutions and investments, and also serve as a platform to mobilize and channel private sector capital and blended financing towards climate change adaptation and to diversify sources of climate financing by capitalizing on existing market opportunities.

CGCC Provides $174 million Credit Guarantees to 2,070 Businesses as of February

The Credit Guarantee Corporation of Cambodia (CGCC) has provided credit guarantees of $174 million as of February this year to 2,070 businesses as their working capital for expansion.

In a factsheet issued on Monday, CGCC said as of February 29, 2024, the outstanding guaranteed loan was $120 million while the outstanding guaranteed amount was $86.9 million.

There are 1,918 micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) and 152 large businesses in Cambodia, the report said, adding that 881 of businesses were women-owned.

The CGCC scheme involves 27 participating financial institutions (PFIs) to extend credit as working capital investment and business expansion to SMEs.

Established in November 2020 with a state budget of $200 million, the CGCC is the preferred credit guarantee institution in Cambodia set up to improve financial inclusion and develop the growth of SMEs.

Smooth loan distribution has boosted entrepreneurship and financial inclusion, said Mey Vann, Secretary of State at the Ministry of Economy and Finance.

“The CGCC has played a key role in serving the needs of SMEs in Cambodia, which are struggling in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic and the inflation crisis, and need credits from banks for their businesses,” he said.AKP

Credit to: Khmer Times, Published on 19 March 2024

CGCC Celebrating International Women’s Day

On 06 March 2024, CGCC management and staff celebrated International Women’s Day to appreciate all CGCC female staff who have played vital roles in advancing CGCC’s development in various operational areas.

To express this appreciation, CGCC’s management presented souvenirs and organized a lunch gathering with all CGCC’s staff.

Out of 51 staff, CGCC has 21 women (41%) who work in different departments and positions.

Understanding CGCC’s Bond Guarantee

In April 2022, the Ministry of Economy and Finance provided a policy direction to CGCC to diversify our guarantee service to bond guarantees. CGCC was then accredited by the Securities and Exchange Regulator of Cambodia (SERC) in August 2023 as a local bond guarantor and completed its rating procedure, and was rated “khAAA” with a Stable Outlook, the highest rating on a local scale by the Rating Agency of Cambodia. With all these set, CGCC will embark on a new journey to provide guarantees on bond issuance to support Cambodia’s capital market and the small and medium enterprises (SMEs) looking to enter the bond market for their sources of funding.

What is a bond?

A bond is a debt instrument, one of the alternatives to a bank loan. The bond issuer is a borrower, and the bond investor is a lender. Bond investors buy bonds from the issuer, who promises to pay interest (coupons) and bond principal during the bond maturity. Compared to a bank loan, a bond gives more flexibility in terms of structure, size, maturity, and interest payment. While just about any SME and individual can raise funds with bank loans as long as they can prove their repayment capacity, raising funds with bonds requires the issuer to be a more well-established and matured SME that can demonstrate good governance and business operation, reliable financial records, concrete future business plan and so on. In short, compared to bank loans, the requirements to issue bonds are stricter and more extensive. The table below gives a brief general comparison between a bank loan and a bond.

Indeed, issuing bonds is a common way for Governments and businesses to raise capital in many developed countries to finance their projects. It is not yet so much so in Cambodia. The bond market in Cambodia is still in the developing stage, facing challenges such as low liquidity, high-interest rates, and a low investor base. However, we have seen positive breakthroughs in recent years, especially in the issuance of government bonds, guaranteed bonds, and sustainable bonds. Currently, there are 9 listed corporate bond on the Cambodia Securities Exchange (CSX) raising funds between 1.5 to 30 million USD equivalent per issuance.

Read more: Understanding CGCC’s Bond Guarantee

Meet the Business Owner Who Received a Loan Guaranteed by CGCC

Solar Green Energy (SOGE), established in 2008, is a company providing green energy solutions using solar energy to irrigate the crops of Cambodian farmers. Shortly after the establishment, customers began to recognize SOGE and trust our services. I saw the opportunity to expand our business. We have the technology but lack human resources and capital.

I consulted with some banks and microfinance institutions to get additional capital. Because I  didn’t have enough  collateral for the loans, J Trust Royal Bank introduced me CGCC’s credit guarantee service which can guarantee my loan so that the bank can lend me without requiring my collateral. With the credit guarantee, I could get additional capital to build new pumping stations.

SOGE used the loans guaranteed by CGCC to expand the construction of pumping stations in some provinces such as Pursat, Kampong Cham, Kampong Chhnang and Kampong Thom. The stations can irrigate about 1,600 hectares and benefit about 1,000 families.

I think that CGCC’s credit guarantees can really support my business as well as other potential SMEs that lack collateral to get necessary capital from banks or microfinance institutions for their business expansion.

Read more: Meet the Business Owner Who Received a Loan Guaranteed by CGCC

CGCC Provides $170M Credit Guarantees to nearly 2,000 Businesses

The Credit Guarantee Corporation of Cambodia (CGCC) has provided credit guarantees of $170 million as of January this year to 1,977 businesses as their working capital for expansion.

In a factsheet issued on Feb. 20, CGCC said as of January 2024, the outstanding guaranteed loan was $119 million while the outstanding guaranteed amount was $85.8 million.

There are 1,854 micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) and 154 large businesses in Cambodia, the report said, adding that 833 of businesses were women-owned.

The CGCC scheme involves 27 participating financial institutions (PFIs) to extend credit as working capital investment and business expansion to SMEs.

Established in November 2020 with a state budget of $200 million, the CGCC is the preferred credit guarantee institution in Cambodia set up to improve financial inclusion and develop the growth of SMEs.

Smooth loan distribution has boosted entrepreneurship and financial inclusion, said Mey Vann, Secretary of State at the Ministry of Economy and Finance.

“The CGCC has played a key role in serving the needs of SMEs in Cambodia, which are struggling in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic and the inflation crisis, and need credits from banks for their businesses,” Mey Vann said.AKP

Credit to: Khmer Times, Published on 21 February 2024

CGCC hosted Annual Seminar on ‘Diversifying Credit Guarantee Mechanism for Sustainable Financing of MSMEs’

The Ministry of Economy and Finance (MEF) and the Credit Guarantee Corporation of Cambodia (CGCC) co-organised the CGCC Annual Seminar on “Diversifying Credit Guarantee Mechanism for Sustainable Financing of MSMEs” on January31, 2024.

The event at Sofitel Phnom Penh Phokeetra was presided over by H.E. Ros Seilava, Secretary of State at the Ministry of Economy and Finance, high representative of Deputy Prime Minister,Minister of Economy and Finance, H.E. Dr. Aun Pornmoniroth.

At the seminar, H.E. Ros Seilava–launched “CGCC as the First Cambodian Bond Guarantor” and bestowed the MEF’s Outstanding Awards to participating financial institutions.

These included Canadia Bank, Sathapana Bank, ABA Bank, LOLC Microfinance and AMK Microfinance, which have disbursed the most guaranteed accounts,while ABA Bank was honoured witha Special Award for maintaining the best “Asset Quality in Guaranteed Loans in 2023”.

CGCC also launched the “Entrepreneurship Program Initiative of CGCC” (EPIC), its flagship capacity-building programme to promote greater entrepreneurship and financial literacy among micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs).

The seminar discussed several important topics, including the government’s policies on credit guarantees, presented by a representative of the National Bank of Cambodia (NBC), international experiences in credit guarantees, and bond guarantees by the Korea Credit Guarantee Fund (KODIT) and GuarantCo from Singapore.

There was also a panel discussion on benefits and opportunities regarding Guaranteed Bonds in Cambodia’s capital market development.

The panellists included representatives from the Securities and Exchange Regulator of Cambodia (SERC), the Cambodia Association of Securities Firms, Forte Group, and the Credit Guarantee and Investment Facility (CGIF) from the Philippines.

CGCC is a state-owned enterprise under the financial and technical guidance of the MEF with a main mission of providing credit guarantees to improve financial inclusion and support the development of small and medium enterprises.

Credit to: The Phnom Penh Post, Published on 14 February 2024

For more info, please visit: https://www.cgcc.com.kh/en/article/14014/.

CGCC Receives Premier khAAA Rating, Spearheading Bond Market Confidence in Cambodia

Cambodia Investment Review

The Credit Guarantee Corporation of Cambodia (CGCC) has been recognized with a khAAA rating by the Rating Agency of Cambodia (RAC). This accreditation, recognized by the Securities and Exchange Regulator of Cambodia (SERC), signifies CGCC’s “Extremely strong capacity to meet financial commitments,” backed by the potential support of the Royal Government of Cambodia.

This rating marks a new moment for CGCC, recently accredited as Cambodia’s inaugural Bond guarantee institution by SERC. The move is strategically aimed at propelling the bond market’s growth, infusing it with newfound confidence. Following its accreditation, CGCC sought a credit rating from RAC and was subsequently honored with a khAAA rating and a stable outlook. This development is set to elevate the stature of corporate bonds under CGCC’s guarantee, instilling enhanced confidence among bond investors, encompassing financial institutions and insurance companies.

CGCC A Linchpin In Developing Cambodia’s Bond Market

H.E. Sou Socheat, the Director General of SERC, hailed this achievement, recognizing CGCC as a linchpin in Cambodia’s bond market. “CGCC’s rating underscores the firm’s robustness and ignites a culture of rating that fosters public trust. It also underscores the company’s dedication and proactive engagement in our bond market,” he remarked.

Read more: Credit Guarantee Corporation of Cambodia Partners with Cambodia Chamber of Commerce to Hit Aim of $100M in Loans for 2023

Mr. Wong Keet Loong, CGCC’s Chief Executive Officer, expressed his gratitude for this recognition. “Receiving the khAAA rating from RAC is a testament to our financial strength, enabling us to support larger SMEs in sourcing funds through bonds to expand their ventures. CGCC remains committed to bolstering economic development and fortifying trust and confidence among our partners,” he stated.

Under the guidance of the Ministry of Economy and Finance, CGCC has crafted a “Policy Framework on Bond Guarantee.” This framework received the highest endorsement from the Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Economy and Finance, on May 17, 2023. In a subsequent move on August 22, 2023, SERC accredited CGCC as a bond issuance guarantor, a strategic initiative to bolster local firms in fundraising and nurturing the securities sector in Cambodia.

CGCC’s bond issuance guarantee service is poised to invigorate local company issuances, magnetize investors to corporate bonds, enhance the liquidity of the Khmer Riel, and uplift corporate bonds’ credit ratings. CGCC stands as Cambodia’s sole credit guarantee corporation, established under the auspices of Hun Sen and operating with the technical and financial support of the Ministry of Economy and Finance. Its core mission is to extend credit guarantees, fostering financial inclusion and catalyzing the growth of SMEs across Cambodia.

KhAAA – A Cambodian-Specific Credit Rating

The authorization of RAC by SERC in 2022, a collaboration between the Royal Group and 3E:Fii Capital, marked a significant stride in developing Cambodia’s capital markets. Credit ratings, symbolized by codes like AAA, BB, and CC, reflect the creditworthiness of corporate or government bonds, with higher ratings typically attracting lower interest rates due to perceived lower risks.

With the operationalization of RAC, Cambodian entities can now obtain a nation-specific credit rating, such as ‘khAAA’ or ‘khBB,’ essential for all listings on Cambodia’s Securities Exchange. This move dovetails with the regulator’s plan to introduce a dual ‘Khmer’ and ‘Global’ rating system, positioning Cambodia’s sovereign rating at AAA within the local category.

As Cambodia steps into this new era of financial sophistication, CGCC’s khAAA rating not only represents a landmark achievement but also heralds a new chapter of confidence and growth for the nation’s burgeoning bond market.

Credit to: Cambodia Investment Review, Published on 23 January 2024