Dutch Queen to visit Pakistan

Islamabad, Feb 8 (IANS) The UN Secretary General’s “Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development” Queen Maxima of the Netherlands will visit Pakistan from Tuesday.

In her capacity as the UN Secretary-General’s Special Advocate, Queen Maxima encourages universal access for individuals and enterprises, at a reasonable cost, to a wide range of financial services, provided by diverse responsible and sustainable institutions, Radio pakistan reported.

The Special Advocate works in partnership with stakeholders globally to raise awareness, encourage leadership, and foster action towards financial inclusion.

During her three-day visit, the Queen will have meetings with Pakistan President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif besides other engagements with a range of stakeholders from the public and private sectors.

Prime Minister Sharif had also met the Queen on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos in January.

Inclusive finance for development is one of the key priorities of Pakistani government’s economic development policies.

Pakistan has taken a number of important measures in recent years, including the launch of the National Financial Inclusion Strategy (NFIS), in order to promote the key objectives of financial inclusion.

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