Queen Maxima of the Netherlands will visit the Philippines from June 29 to July 1 as the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development, the UN said Friday.
According to an advisory from the UN Information Center in Manila, the queen’s visit is in response to the invitation of the Philippine government and the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP).
On Tuesday, she will “discuss inclusive finance with representatives of international organizations and the private sector.”
Later that day she will be speaking to local businessmen in a farming region and a popular tourist destination south of Manila about how financial services, including bank loans and insurance, could speed up their economic development.
On Wednesday, July 1, the queen is set to deliver a speech at the launch of the National Strategy for Financial Inclusion, a government action plan coordinated by the BSP to enhance cooperation between ministries, government agencies and the private sector to improve access by the poorer sector of society to financial services.
The launch will be followed by a roundtable discussion between the queen and parties involved in the implementation of the government’s strategy, namely the BSP, Departments of Finance, Education, Social Welfare and Development, Trade and Industry, the National Economic and Development Authority, the Insurance Commission and the Philippine Statistics Authority.
The queen is also scheduled to meet with some government officials and department heads, namely BSP Governor Amando Tetangco, Jr., Secretary of Finance Cesar V. Purisma, House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. and Senate President Franklin Drilon.
Queen Máxima was designated as UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development in September 2009.
In this capacity, she advises the Secretary-General, and works worldwide to make financial services accessible to all, including low-income groups and the SME sector.
In June 2011, she also became honorary patron of the G20 Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion.