Queen Maxima of the Netherlands in the Philippines as advocate of inclusive financial development

Her Majesty Queen Maxima of the Netherlands, wife of His Majesty The King of the Netherlands Willem-Alexander, is currently in the Philippines as the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Advocate (UNSGSA) for Inclusive Finance for Development. Queen Maxima arrived yesterday, Monday.

The Queen is visiting the country at the invitation of the Philippine government and Central Bank.

President Benigno S. Aquino III welcomed the Queen of the Netherlands during a courtesy call in Malacañang on Tuesday morning.

According to the United Nations Information Center in Manila, Queen Maxima will be also in Cavite today to “speak with local businesses about how financial services, like a bank or savings account, loan or insurance, could improve their economic development.”

Tomorrow Queen Máxima will give a speech in Manila at the launch of the National Strategy for Financial Inclusion. This government action plan coordinated by the Central Bank of the Philippines aims to enhance cooperation between ministries, government agencies and the private sector to improve the population’s access to financial services.

In the afternoon Queen Máxima will take part in a round table discussion with parties involved in the national strategy. These include the Central Bank, the Departments of Finance, Social Welfare & Development, Education, and Trade & Industry, and government agencies like the National Economic and Development Authority, the Insurance Commission and the Philippine Statistics Authority.