Queen Maxima has begun her three day official visit to Pakistan - she is visiting in her role as a Special Advocate of the UN Secretary General for Inclusive Finance. And as her trip got under way she told an audience in Islamabad that the digital revolution was changing the way finance worked.
Queen Maxima touched down in Pakistan on February 9th and was given an official welcome at the airport. Her first day in the country also included a meeting with the governor of the State Bank of Pakistan, Ashraf Mahmood Wathra. And Queen Maxima also visited Pakistan's Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif, at his official residence. There was more discussion of financial inclusion at a meal hosted by the Prime Minister and attended by his daughter, Maryam Nawaz Sharif.
Queen Maxima of the Netherlands with Governor Ashraf Mahmood Wathra of the State Bank of Pakistan at the start of her three day visit to the country
Queen Maxima was speaking at the Universal Financial Action Workshop being held in Islamabad. She spoke of the success in Pakistan so far for increasing financial inclusion but stressed there was still work to do, putting a special focus on the relatively low number of women with access to a bank account. She also highlighted the projects going on in the country to give more people financial independence.
Great discussion on financial inclusion&women empowerment wth HM Queen Maxima over dinner hosted by Finance Minister pic.twitter.com/emOz8CmHEr— Maryam Nawaz Sharif (@MaryamNSharif) February 9, 2016
Queen Maxima is in Pakistan until February 11th with a series of engagements linked to financial inclusion lined up.