Queen Maxima of the Netherlands arrives Pakistan here on Monday (today) for a three-day visit in her capacity as the UN Secretary General’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development.
During the look up, the Queen will call on President Dr. Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Imran Khan besides engagements with a range of stakeholders from the public and private sectors.
It may be added that inclusive finance for development is one of the key priorities of the Government of Pakistan for which it has taken a number of steps.
Queen Maxima will also attend the launch of the Micro Payment Gateway an initiative of the State Bank of Pakistan aimed at reducing cost of small payments and boosting digital transactions to benefit people and promote financial inclusion.
The Queen has been the UN Secretary General’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development since 2009.
In this capacity she is actively engaged worldwide in promoting access of individuals and enterprises to financial services at a reasonable cost with the aim of improving economic and social development opportunities.
Queen Maxima had earlier visited Pakistan in February 2016.
Queen Maxima of the Netherlands is the spouse of King Willem-Alexander. On 30 April 2013, she became the first queen consort of the Netherlands since Emma of Waldeck and Pyrmont and the first Latin American-born queen consort in the history of the Netherlands.