Queen Maxima to begin her three-day visit to Pakistan next week

Islamabad: Netherlands Queen Maxima is expected to begin her three-day visit to Pakistan next week to oversee an initiative by the central bank in the country, the Foreign Office said in a statement released on Sunday.

“Her Majesty Queen Máxima of the Netherlands will visit Pakistan from November 25-27, in her capacity as the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Advocate (UNSGSA) for inclusive finance for development,” excerpts from the statement read.

As part of the visit, she will be attending the launch of a Micro Payment Gateway, an initiative taken by the State Bank of Pakistan, aimed at reducing the costs of small payments and promoting financial inclusion.

Queen Máxima is also expected to hold talks with President Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Imran Khan, besides meeting with a range of stakeholders from the public and private sectors.

Inclusive finance for development is one of the government’s key priorities, with several steps taken in recent years to promote the same.

Queen Máxima is actively engaged in promoting access to financial services at a reasonable cost, with the aim of improving economic and social development opportunities in countries across the world.

This will be the queen’s second trip to Pakistan after her last visit in February 2016.

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