Her Majesty The Queen Maximum
Her Majesty the Queen Máxima of the Netherlands, Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Promoting Inclusive Financial Services that Promote Development (UNSGSA) will visit Ivory Coast and Senegal from June 13 to 16, 2022.
The Special Representative aims to support a range of inclusive finance priorities in close collaboration with key leaders and stakeholders in each country. She meets local clients who use and benefit from financial services and products.
The West African region represents an area of priority interest for the efforts of the Queento strengthen financial and digital inclusion, as well as financial health, following the two virtual visits in 2021, dedicated to Côte d’Ivoire and Senegal.
It is the first physical displacement of the Queen Máxima in a country, in his capacity as Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Inclusive Financing for Development, since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Côte d’Ivoire and Senegal are at the forefront of financial inclusion in West Africa, given the driving role of digital payments, in their growth and have the potential to become leaders in the financial inclusion in the region.
The Special Representative of the Secretary General of the United Nations will first travel to Côte d’Ivoire, where she will participate in meetings on 13 and 14 June. Interviews are planned with the First Lady, Dominique Ouattara, involved in women’s microfinance, with the Prime Minister, Patrick Achi, the Vice-President Tiemoko Meyliet Koné, as well as the Minister of Finance, Adama Coulibaly. The visit will also be an opportunity for her to participate in the Africa Business Leaders Forum 2022, which will be held in Abidjan on June 13. The Special Representative will also meet with the ministries concerned with financial inclusion, in particular the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, and the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and the Promotion of SMEs.
At the end of the various meetings scheduled in Côte d’Ivoire, the Special Representative will travel to Senegal for meetings on 15 and 16 June.
In both countries, the dialogue will focus on priority areas such as SME financing, inclusive fintech, women’s digital financial inclusion and agricultural finance.
Discussions will also focus on how inclusive finance can support post COVID-19 recovery efforts and help individuals and small businesses build resilience to future shocks from economic and climate events – including the potential next pandemic.
It is also expected that Her Majesty the Queen Máxima from the Netherlands meets with several local clients to gather their stories of how accessing and using financial services and products helps their businesses and financial livelihoods, and to discuss what might be needed to better meet their needs in the future.