ISLAMABAD - Netherlands Queen Maxima, who is also UN Secretary General’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development, is due today on a three-day visit to Pakistan.

During her visit, she will have meetings with the President and the Prime Minister besides other engagements with a range of stakeholders from the public and private sectors. The prime minister had also met the Queen on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos last month.

In her capacity as the UN Secretary-General’s Special Advocate, Queen Maxima encourages universal access for individuals and enterprises, at a reasonable cost, to a wide range of financial services, provided by diverse responsible and sustainable institutions. The Special Advocate works in partnership with stakeholders globally to raise awareness, encourage leadership, and foster action towards financial inclusion.

Inclusive Finance for Development is one of the key priorities of the government’s economic development policies. Pakistan has taken a number of important measures in recent years, including the launch of the National Financial Inclusion Strategy (NFIS) in order to promote the key objectives of financial inclusion.