November 26, 2019: The United Nations Secretary-General's Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development Queen Máxima of the Netherlands called on Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi in Islamabad on Monday.
Appreciating the UNSGSA's dedication to promoting financial inclusion, the Foreign Minister said that her visit would provide added impetus to ongoing initiatives in the country.
Foreign Minister also highlighted steps taken by Pakistan to promote financial inclusion.
The Minister informed that the government had prioritized the National Financial Inclusion Strategy 'NFIS' as part of its initial 100-day agenda. Its implementation by 2023 is expected to lead to a creation of three million new jobs and additional exports of 5.5 billion dollars through enhanced access to finance for Small and Medium Enterprises.
In line with the purpose of Queen Maxima's visit, the Foreign Minister also invited to the meeting a select group of civil society representatives working on financial inclusion and development of women in Pakistan.
Queen Maxima appreciated Pakistan's efforts including the prioritization of access to financial service for women and promoting inclusive Fintech – the use of technology in financial services.
Queen Maxima arrived in Pakistan on Monday morning on a three-day visit. She is also expected to meet the President and Prime Minister during the visit.