Queen Maxima vows to help Pakistan promote digital identity

Queen Maxima Pakistan UNSGSA digital identity
22 Jan, 2020 12:32 pm

DAVOS (92 News) – Queen Maxima of the Netherlands, United Nations Secretary General’s Special Advocate (UNSGSA) for Inclusive Finance for Development has affirmed her commitment to helping Pakistan promote digital identity as a public good.

This was said by Chief of Digital Pakistan Vision campaign Tania Aidrus who met the Queen of the Netherlands on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum (WEF) summit being held in Davos.

In a tweet, she said: “Great seeing Queen Maxima #UNSGSA for #FinancialInclusion at #Davos2020.”

“She talked fondly about her last visit to Pakistan and is deeply committed to helping us promote digital identity as a public good and bridging the gender digital divide in Pakistan.”

Earlier, Queen Máxima of the Netherlands visited Pakistan and met with Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Monday to discuss progress of financial inclusion in Pakistan.

Appreciating the UNSGSA’s dedication to promote financial inclusion, the minister said that her visit would provide added impetus to ongoing initiatives in the country.
He also highlighted steps taken by Pakistan to promote financial inclusion.

The Minister informed the UNSGSA that the government had prioritized the National Financial Inclusion Strategy ‘NFIS’ as part of its initial 100-day agenda. Its implementation by 2023 is expected to lead to a creation of three million new jobs and additional exports of $ 5.5 billion through enhanced access to finance for SME’s.

In line with the purpose of Queen Maxima’s visit, the Foreign Minister also invited to the meeting a select group of civil society representatives working on financial inclusion and development of women in Pakistan.

The UNSGSA appreciated Pakistan’s efforts including the prioritization of access to financial service for women and promoting inclusive Fintech – the use of technology in financial services.

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