Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - New MoU on financial crimes

New MoU on financial crimes

Chea Chanto, governor of the National Bank of Cambodia, and Land Management Minister Chea Sophara meet during the signing of a memorandum to combat terrorism funding and money laundering. Fresh News
Chea Chanto, governor of the National Bank of Cambodia, and Land Management Minister Chea Sophara meet during the signing of a memorandum to combat terrorism funding and money laundering. Fresh News

New MoU on financial crimes

Cambodia’s Land Management Ministry has signed an agreement with the Kingdom’s committee to combat money laundering and terrorism funding.

High rates of corruption weakening the judiciary means the Kingdom has consistently been blacklisted on global indexes tracking susceptibility to terrorism financing and money laundering. Last year Cambodia scored ninth-worst in the world.

Though Cambodia’s score on that susceptibility index actually worsened compared

to 2016, its ranking improved due to even poorer performance in other countries.

The memorandum of understanding, signed on Tuesday, comes a day after the same committee, which includes Prime Minister Hun Sen’s son-in-law Dy Vichea, met with the Anti-Corruption Unit to report “progress”.

“We must think that we are standing on the spot of entering the grey list, therefore we have 15 months from July in 2017 until October next year to show our hard work . . . and even to improve on the weak points,” said ACU head Om Yentieng in audio obtained from Monday’s meeting.

“Continuing to educate, prevent and go against corruption are still core measures in reducing corruption to promote a clean society,” according to an ACU statement issued after the meeting.

The deal comes even as the government denies reports that lax controls in Cambodian banks and the Kingdom’s predominantly cash economy present opportunities for Chinese businesspeople to launder dirty money by buying up Cambodian real estate.

The National Bank of Cambodia, which is a member of the committee, did not respond to questions about Chinese money laundering through the Cambodian property market this week.

MOST VIEWED

  • Government hits back at threats to pull EBA, suspend UN seat

    The spokesman for the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) has said the government is in no way concerned after the European Parliament gave it three months to reverse what it called the “systematic repression of the political opposition”. Ignoring the ultimatum could mean facing

  • Chinese influx pushing locals, Westerners out of Preah Sihanouk

    Some within the Kingdom’s tourism industry have speculated that the recent influx of Chinese visitors may hinder domestic tourism as the price of accommodations in the coastal city of Sihanoukville continues to rise. Preah Sihanouk province, which has become a hotbed for Chinese investment

  • Sar Kheng: Sokha requested security

    Interior Minister Sar Kheng on Sunday revealed the story behind the transfer of former opposition party leader Kem Sokha from Trapaing Phlong prison in Tbong Khmum province to his house in the capital. Speaking at the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) headquarters in Prey

  • ‘Dire consequences’ from sanctions, warns AmCham

    American businesspeople in Cambodia have warned that any sanction against the Kingdom would have “dire consequences” that could push Cambodia even further into the arms of China. In a letter to US senators and representatives dated Monday, the American Chamber of Commerce Cambodia (AmCham) said