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

2016

In Pakistan, Moving Commitment to a New Level of Action
Islamabad, Pakistan   Joining an event to launch Pakistan’s universal financial inclusion agenda, the Special Advocate praised Pakistan’s work to create a strong regulatory foundation and to establish its national financial inclusion strategy. The challenges of ramping up financial inclusion will be significant, she noted, but the impact on the larger economy and on the lives of the poor can be transformative. Currently the economy is largely based on cash; moving those payments to digital offers a tremendous opportunity. Women in particular need attention, and small businesses are also in need of formal financing. By implementing the National Strategy, Pakistan will be able to make great progress. Full text