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Queen Máxima to speak at G20 conference

Her Majesty Queen Máxima of the Netherlands is due to give the opening address at the G20 conference in Wiesbaden, Germany, on 25 January. The theme of the conference is “Digitising finance, financial inclusion and financial literacy.” The Deutsche Bundesbank and the Federal Ministry of Finance organised the conference. Germany is the current chairman of the G20.

Her Majesty has been the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development since 2009. She is also the honorary president of the global partnership for inclusive finance “Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion (GPFI) of the G20.”

Queen Máxima will speak about how “technology and digital applications can be deployed in order to let more people use in a safe and responsible manner making financial services,” according to the Royal House of the Netherlands in a press release.

The Royal House said in the same press release, “One of the goals of the G20 presidency of Germany’s globally accessible financial services to all segments of the population. Automation plays an important role. Besides the possibilities are also highlights the risks of digitisation during the conference.”

The Dutch Queen is a passionate advocate for financial inclusion across the world. There are close to two billion people across the globe who do not have access to banks, savings accounts, loans, and pensions according to the World Bank. Efficient access to these things can assist in the growth of economies and help to foster “social development and fulfilment of people.” Digital applications, discussed during the conference, have the ability to offer different options for the improvement of financial services access.

The Queen has spoken to those in charge of the Deutsche Bundesbank and the Finance Minister. On 16 December 2016, she travelled to Berlin for a meeting with Minister Schäuble Finance Minister Müller for Economic Cooperation and Development and the Vice President of the Deutsche Bundesbank. They discussed the German G20 plan within inclusive finance and GPFI.

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