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Queen Máxima to begin visit to Nigeria today

Her Majesty Queen Máxima of the Netherlands, in her role as the United Nations Secretary General’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development, will begin her four day trip to Nigeria today; the visit lasts through Thursday, 2 November.

This visit will focus “on the possibilities for accelerating the process of improving access to financial services,” according to the press release sent out by the Royal House of the Netherlands.

Beginning in 2012, the African nation developed the National Strategy for Inclusive Financing for Affordable and Good Access to Financial Services, aiming to contribute to the economic development for the people. Queen Máxima was in attendance on the day of the launch.

The Queen’s first day will begin near the city of Lagos where she will partake in a field visit; it is expected that she will be informed of the opportunities for the poverty-stricken to access health insurance through their mobile phones. The person will provide their information and fill out a questionnaire before the government funded coverage will be granted. This is a pilot project initiated by the non-profit organisation PharmAccess and the state of Lagos. Additionally, she will visit projects that allow people to request loans digitally. The Queen will also meet with Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of the state of Lagos and participate in a round table discussion.

During her trip, she will also be in Abuja where she will speak to representatives of development partners such like the  World Bank Group. She will also hold talks with the Nigerian Development Bank (DBN) and the Nigerian Commission for Communications (NCC).

The Queen’s trip will also see her meet the Central Bank of Nigeria’s Governor Godwin Emefiele and Deputy Prime Minister Yemi Osinbajo, as well as other members of the government. On Máxima’s last day in Nigeria, she will hold a speech at the Enhancing Financial Innovation & Access (EFINA)’s “The Role of Government in Driving Financial Inclusion in Nigeria” meeting.

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