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

2010

International Conference on Global Partnerships in Microfinance
London, UK The UNSGSA explained how enterprises need different types of financing at each stage of growth. Innovative partnerships, including between banks and mobile phone companies, are reaching larger numbers of clients in a more affordable manner and in places where banks have not traditionally been able to go. Government agencies are also engaging with banks and other financial service providers to promote the development of products tailored for rural clients.   Full text
On the Occasion of the Reception offered by Her Excellency President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia
Monrovia, Liberia The UNSGSA noted the fundamental importance of a well-developed, inclusive financial sector. She observed that SME s are critical to employment creation and should not be considered in a silo apart from microfinance. Further, she called for collaboration across public and private dimensions and across ministries in order to deliver the right products at the right price in the right place to more people. She encouraged attention to savings, broadening access to finance across the value chain, and supporting banking innovations that advance development and financial infrastructure.   Full text
Korea-World Bank High-Level Conference on Post-Crisis Growth and Development
Busan, South Korea The UNSGSA commended the G20 for its leadership and attention to inclusive finance. She noted that exclusion makes it difficult for poor people to manage risks, build assets, manage cash-flow, and pursue opportunities. She pointed to a critical financial gap in SME s, with only 18 percent of small enterprises in low-income countries using formal finance. Commitment to financial inclusion is crucial for alleviating the adverse impact on households, businesses and economies around the world, and innovations can help reduce delivery costs. She urged international leaders not to silo microfinance and SME finance, and to recognize the roles of a wide range of stakeholders.   Full text