Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Queen Maxima heads to Indonesia

Queen Maxima during her visit to Indonesia as a special UN envoy for inclusive finance

After welcoming home Team NL and celebrating their medal success at Rio 2016, it was back to business for Queen Maxima before August was even over. She has headed to Indonesia in her role as the United Nations Secretary General's Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance - it's government talks and a big conference for Maxima as the summer holidays come to an end.

Maxima arrived in Indonesia on August 30th and hit the ground running as she went straight into a meeting with Indonesia's foreign minister, Retno Marsudi. Part of Maxima's three day visit to the country is focused on talks with the Indonesian government on economic development and as well as an official welcome, there was time to discuss some of the big issues at this meeting.

Queen Maxima is also taking part in the Indonesian FinTech conference during her stay. Hosted by the Financial Services Authority, an independent body which oversees the banking system, the conference included a keynote address from the Queen of the Netherlands in which she said that Indonesia was a leader in the financial inclusion movement and talked about her experiences in the area, telling the audience she'd seen how powerful financial strategies can be. Maxima also talked about the importance of technology in expanding the reach of inclusive financial projects.

Indonesia is about to launch a national inclusive finance strategy with the aim of giving wider access to things like bank accounts and savings as well as to improve the economic situation of many living in the country. The last part of her visit will see Queen Maxima visit several projects aimed at offering better access and more support where she can talk to those using new services about their experiences. And then it's back home for a busy agenda which is already filling up. Stand by for September.

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