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Queen Máxima to open financial symposium

Queen Máxima will open a two-day conference at Beurs van Berlage in Amsterdam on the 20th of April, as announced this week by the European Council.

The conference, The Netherlands-OECD Global Symposium on Financial Resilience Throughout Life, is a conference initiated by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the Dutch Money Wise Platform. The latter of which Her Majesty serves as honorary chair.

The purpose of this symposium is to tackle the importance of financial education and how it can be used as a tool for sustaining economic growth and financial stability. Besides hosting Queen Máxima, the conference will also welcome prominent expert speakers from around the globe. Some of the speakers include OECD Secretary-General Mr. Angel Gurría, President of the Eurogroup Mr. Jeroen Dijsselbloem, and Annamaria Lusardi, a Professor of Financial Literacy.

Other international participants will also include officials from the OECD/International Network on Financial Education (INFE), ministries of finance and education, central banks, regulatory and supervisory authorities, governmental officials, as well as international organizations, the academic community, the private sector and NGOs.”

The symposium will address several topics related to financial education of youth in preparing for retirement, designing and implementing effective financial education intervention strategies, making financial education work in schools and how to avoid becoming financially vulnerable.

As with most events and working engagements attended by Her Majesty, there is always a Dutch component present. Money Wise, the organisation for which she serves as honorary chair was an initiative established by the Dutch treasury.

It partners with organisations from the financial sector, government, consumer organisations and science to ‘create responsible financial behaviour in the Netherlands’. This public-private approach creates great international interest because of its open and constructive attitude. Money Wise’s way of working together with these organisations utilises the result-driven approach.

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