Cambodia to issue first-ever sovereign bond worth 300 mln USD in September

Photo taken on Nov. 8, 2018 shows a view of central Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Photo by Phearum/Xinhua

PHNOM PENH -- Cambodia will issue the first-ever sovereign bond worth 300 million U.S. dollars in September, according to a news release from the Ministry of Economy and Finance on Thursday.

Par value of a bond is 1 million riels (about 245 U.S. dollars), the news release said, adding that bond maturities are one year, three years and five years.

Investors will enjoy a 50-percent deduction of withholding tax on the interest earned from possessing and trading sovereign bonds, and tax exemption on capital gains from purchasing and trading the sovereign bonds for three years, it said.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy and Finance Aun Pornmoniroth said sovereign bonds will allow the government to raise funds for socioeconomic development projects.

He said the bonds will serve as a new financial instrument for institutional investors such as banks, insurance companies, the National Social Security Fund and pension fund, among others.

"The government bonds are expected to be popular for trading on the Cambodia Securities Exchange (CSX) and will provide benchmark data for corporate securities trading and financial analysis as implemented in countries with an advanced securities sector," he said.

Launching trading in 2012, the CSX is a joint venture between the Cambodian government holding 55 percent of the stakes and the Korean Exchange owning the remaining 45 percent.

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