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Bank Rating Promising for Financial Sector

Standard & Poor’s gave its first bank credit rating to a Cambodian bank last week, in a positive sign for Cambodia’s growing economy, though the country’s banks need to develop further.

The rating of B+/B for Acleda Bank, Cambodia’s third largest bank and largest micro-creditor, was still below investment grade, the Associated Press reported.

Channy Ung, director of the bank, said Monday the bank had the expertise to avoid fake money, a more pervasive problem in the past.

People should deal with businesses within the banking system to avoid fraud, he said, as a guest on “Hello VOA.”

Meanwhile, some people are concerned instability could lead to the collapse of banks.

Channy Ang said Acleda has insurance against such a scenario.