Netherland’s Queen Maxima three-day visit to Pakistan as the Special Advocate for
Inclusive Finance for Development of the United Nations Secretary-General has
concentrated on financial inclusion and digitization and its importance for the
development of the country.
Maxima, as Special Advocate, is a leading global voice in promoting universal
access and fair use of accessible, reliable and secure financial services.
her stay in Islamabad, in partnership with local partners, she attended the
Pakistan Innovative Finance Forum jointly organized by the Asian Development
Bank (ADB) and Karandaaz.
speech, Queen Maxima called financial inclusion essential to Pakistan’s growth,
creating more opportunities for people.
said there was great potential for women and poor Pakistan segment to reap the
benefits of the country’s financial inclusion and digitization.
for women and the poor people of Pakistan, there is great potential for rapid
change in financial inclusion,” she said at the forum.
pointed out that the 2017 survey showed a remarkable improvement in Pakistan as
its financial inclusion grew from 13 percent in 2014 to 21 percent in 2017.
Maxima pointed out that the UN administration welcomed efforts to expand
financial inclusion by the Pakistan government.
also called the efforts of the Pakistan government to formulate a revised plan
for achieving the goals of financial inclusion by 2023 a welcome move.
Maxima also called on the government’s financial inclusion plan to applaud
President Dr. Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Imran Khan.
also met with Pakistan Governor State Bank Reza Baqir and discussed inclusive
financial technology (fintech) and digital finance, which she emphasized might
be a great opportunity to improve the financial lives of people.
took a keen interest in the projects and successes of the State Bank of
Pakistan under the National Financial Inclusion Strategy (NFIS) to increase
financial inclusion in 2023.
Maxima attended the launch of Micro Payment Gateway, a State Bank of Pakistan
initiative aimed at reducing the cost of small payments and improving digital
transactions for people’s benefit and encouraging financial inclusion.
also held meetings with PM’s Finance Adviser Dr. Abdul Hafeez Sheik, PM’s
Social Welfare Special Assistant Dr. Sania Nishtar and NADRA Chairman, along
with a range of public and private sector stakeholders.
last leg of her visit to Punjab’s capital Lahore, Queen Maxima spent an
eventful and busy day.
In the metropolitan, she visited Bykea, a Pakistani company providing transportation, logistics and cash-based mobile application-based services on distribution transactions.
She worked with a group of users from Bykea and enjoyed the success stories, profiles, and idea approaches.
February 2016, Queen Maxima visited Pakistan earlier.