Dutch queen to arrive in Pakistan on November 25

Her Majesty Queen Maxima will visit Pakistan from November 25th to 27th.

As per the details, the Queen is visiting as a special advocate of the UN Secretary-General for Inclusive Financing for Development (UNSGSA).

In a series of meetings, she will discuss the progress of access to financial services to improve the economic position of the country’s inhabitants, a statement received here on Friday from Pakistan Embassy The Hague, Netherlands said.

Queen Maxima visits Pakistan at the invitation of the government. It is a follow-up to the UN visit in February 2016.

Queen Maxima focuses, among other things, on the importance of financial services for women.

Only seven percent of them have a bank account and gender-based data collection is needed to understand their specific access and use needs.

During her stay in Pakistan, Queen Maxima will also talk with, among others, international development partners, representatives from the fintech sector.

Governor State Bank of Pakistan Reza Baqir, Abdul Hafeez Shaikh, finance adviser to the Prime Minister and Usman Mubin, Chairman of the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA).

She will also be expected to call on President Dr. Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Imran Khan.

She will present at the launch of the “Micropayments Gateway”.

This is a central bank initiative to reduce the cost of small payments in order to stimulate digital payments, in particular for people in poverty situations.

In addition, she pays a field visit to a project developed within the CEO Partnership for Economic Inclusion (CEOP).

In Lahore, Queen Maxima will visit a number of projects that focus on digital financial services that, among other things, contribute to the development of entrepreneurs.

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