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Queen Máxima to visit Indonesia after cheering on Dutch athletes at the Olympics

Her Majesty Queen Máxima of the Netherlands will visit Indonesia from Sunday 11 February to Tuesday 13 February as part of her role as the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development.

The Royal House of the Netherlands said in a press release that the purpose of the visit is “to view progress on Indonesia’s National Strategy for Financial Inclusion, launched in autumn 2016, to promote access to financial services such as bank or savings accounts, loans, insurance and pensions.”

Queen Máxima was last in Indonesia as part of her role in August 2016 where she “advised establishing a National Council for Inclusive Finance to coordinate the strategy’s implementation.” President Joko Widodo now supervises the newly operational council.

The Queen will see the progress being made in the implementation of the Indonesian National Council for Inclusive Finance. The Royal House highlighted that Her Majesty is very interested in seeing “the opening of new bank outlets, innovative, digital financial services and mobile banking that brings banking facilities closer to people.”

Due to Indonesia’s being made up of thousands of small islands, banking services have been difficult to reach all of the country’s citizens.

Queen Maxima on 31 August 2016 in Indonesia meeting with shopkeepers. Photo: UNIC Jakarta

The Queen will visit the province of Lampung on the island of Sumatra and the company Go-Jek which offers “transport on motorcycles via a taxi-app.” Her visit will also consist of meetings with the Secretariat of the Inclusive Finance National Council, Economic Affairs Minister Darmin Nasution, Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati, Human Development and Cultural Affairs Minister Puan Maharani, Governor Agus Martowardojo of the of Bank Indonesia, Wimboh Santoso, Chair of the Financial Service Authority and the President of Indonesia.

Indonesia will be her third stop in Asia after China on the 7th and 8th of this month and South Korea to cheer on the Dutch athletes in the Winter Olympics. She accompanied her husband on the 7th on a working visit in Beijing; he travelled on to South Korea yesterday while she stayed behind to take part in an economic programme in the city.

Her Majesty will attend the Opening Ceremony tonight in Pyeongchang alongside her husband. She will watch some of the events on the 10th before beginning her three-day visit to Indonesia.

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