Queen Máxima of the Netherlands has visited Jordan in her role as the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development. She was in the Middle Eastern kingdom from 10 through 12 February.
The Dutch Information Services (RVD) explained ahead of her visit, “In recent years, the number of adults with access to financial services has increased from 24.6% in 2014 to 33.1% in 2017 (CBJ, 2017). The national strategy of the country focuses on reaching those people who do not yet have access. Special attention is paid to women, young people, people on low incomes and refugees.”
Queen Máxima paid particular attention to the refugees in the country as Jordan has taken in record numbers of refugees fleeing war-torn areas like Syria. She was able to speak to some of them on Monday during a field visit.
Her Majesty went on to praise Jordan’s “amazing hospitality” toward the refugees.
The Queen’s visit also saw her speak to students about a digital scholarship (DAFI) which is supported by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
After meetings with bank representatives and companies, she stated, “A lot of progress has been made, but a lot still needs to be done.”
The Governor of the Central Bank told Vorsten that “her [Queen Máxima] advice gives us momentum to continue and we will continue to ask her for help.”
Additionally, the Queen remarked about her work as Special Advocate, “I try to help, it is ultimately about the people. To get their lives better.”
Part of her trip saw her meet with the King and Queen of Jordan. King Abdullah commended her efforts in bringing inclusive finance across the world, and Queen Máxima said that both were very interested in the work she does.
The Queen regularly travels the globe as part of her role with the UN. She has visited her home country, Argentina, as part of her position, Indonesia, Pakistan, Nigeria, Mexico, Vietnam, Bangladesh, among others.