UNSGSA - UN Secretary-General’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development UNSGSA - UN Secretary-General’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development

Speeches

As UNSGSA, Queen Máxima shares experiences across countries and connects people and institutions through speeches and published articles in addition to her meetings with national and global leaders. Through her speeches and published work, Queen Máxima has been an active and passionate voice for financial inclusion.

Diverse financial services

2011

Financial Inclusion Seminar
Hanoi, Vietnam Queen Máxima of the Netherlands addressed high-level participants from Vietnamese banks, regulatory bodies, microfinance institutions, international organizations and international businesses. She called attention to exciting progress on financial inclusion in Vietnam, including a stronger policy environment and a draft national strategy for microfinance. She underscored that advancement of financial inclusion will require strong coordination and leadership by government in collaboration with all involved stakeholders.   Full text

2013

Financial Services to Help Migrants and Their Families Get the Most From Remittances
Bangkok, Thailand Queen Máxima highlighted the large role that remittances play in the well being of many households.  Despite the recent global economic downturn, the flow of international remittances has remained large and is expected to continue to increase.  But remitting money is expensive.  The UNSGSA challenged participants from government and the private sector to work together to lower the costs of remittances for senders and recipients alike through new products, more competition and mitigation of currency exchange risk, thus putting more money in the hands of receivers.  She encouraged providers to design products tailored to the changing patterns of migration, which include more women.  Another area for priority action is helping receivers use the money in the best possible way.  Full text