Queen Maxima visits Pakistan Day 2


Queen Maxima of the Netherlands is visiting Pakistan from November 25-27 in her capacity as the United Nations Secretary General’s Special Advocate (UNSGSA) for Inclusive Finance for Development.

The Queen wore a tweed dress and jacket by Oscar de la Renta, her Classic Cream Chanel 2.55 Bag, Pearl Multi Strand Bracelet, Seaman Schepps Earrings and Gianvito Rossi Pumps.

On her second day of her visit to Pakistan, Queen Máxima inaugurated the “Pakistan Innovative Finance Forum”.

At the Financial Forum The Queen delivered the opening speech and talked about FinTech and the importance of Financial Inclusion.

During the Forum, State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) and Karandaaz – a not-for-profit company promoting access to finance for SMEs – signed an agreement to partner for the implementation of Micropayment Gateway, as part of the National Financial Inclusion Strategy.

Her Majesty also attended the round table dicussion about “Women and Financial Inclusion”. In Pakistan only 7% of women have a bank account.

Later, Queen Máxima held a meeting with Pakistani economist Dr. Reza Baqir, Governor of the State Bank of Pakistan.

Her Majesty Queen Máxima and Dr. Reza Baqir discussed how inclusive financial technology (fintech) and digital finance represent a great opportunity to improve people’s financial lives, while noting it is important to consider and mitigate risks associated with it.

Queen Maxima said that she was very happy to return to Pakistan. She appreciated the progress made by State Bank of Pakistan with respect to financial inclusion while focusing on gender mainstreaming and digital financial services.

Her Majesty Queen Maxima also met with President Dr. Arif Alvi at the Aiwan-e-Sadr or The Presidential Palace in Islamabad.

The Queen expressed her appreciation for Pakistan’s efforts to promote access to financial services for women.

Finally, Her Majesty Queen Máxima had a meeting with Prime Minister Imran Khan and attended the launch ceremony of the “Ehsaas Financial Inclusion Initiatives” project.

Addressing the ceremony, Queen Maxima said:

“Financial inclusion is key to providing sustenance to the poor, job opportunities and education to children which will eventually afford economic stability to the country overall. Women, especially from rural areas in Pakistan, must become familiar with financial technology as their inclusion is negligible as compared to men.”


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