World identifies Pakistan as a peaceful country: FM

Queen Maxima calls for use of technology to improve financial inclusion

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our correspondent
ISLAMABAD
Queen Máxima of the Netherlands called on Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi in Islamabad on Monday. During the meeting, matters pertaining to different aspects of economic and social development came under discussion. They also agreed for promotion of cooperation in renewable energy, agriculture and horticulture sectors. Speaking on the occasion, Shah Mahmood Qureshi said, today, the world is identifying Pakistan as a peaceful country. He said Pakistan values its bilateral relations with Netherlands. He said many Dutch companies are successfully running their business in Pakistan.
The Foreign Minister said the government is taking solid steps for promotion of investment and tourism in the country. He expressed serious reservations by the Pakistan over the recent incidents of Islamophobia in Europe.
Queen Máxima assured every possible cooperation for realization of the goals of sustainable development in Pakistan.
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi hosted Queen Maxima of the Netherlands at the Foreign Office on Monday. Hosted HRH Queen Maxima in her role as UN Sec-Gen’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development at MoFA for a great exchange on Inclusive Finance for women specifically, where she met Pakistani powerhouses working at grassroot level for financial empowerment of women, he tweeted.
Queen Maxima along with a six-member delegation landed at the Islamabad airport via flight TK-711. She was accorded a warm welcome by officials of the Foreign Office and Dutch embassy. During her stay in the capital city, according to a statement, she will call on President Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Imran Khan besides meeting with a range of stakeholders from the public and private sectors.
Queen Máxima will also attend the launch of the Micro Payment Gateway, an initiative of the State Bank of Pakistan aimed at reducing the costs of small payments and boosting digital transactions to benefit people and promote financial inclusion. The Netherlands’ queen has been the UN Secretary General’s Special Advocate (UNSGSA) for Inclusive Finance for Development since 2009.
UN Secretary General’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development Queen Maxima chaired a meeting on financial inclusion in Islamabad on Monday. Speaking on the occasion, she said Pakistan has made advancement towards the financial inclusion but still more needs to be done.
She stressed the need for use of technology to bring improvement in financial inclusion. It was attended by the representatives of the UN Agencies, the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank. Queen Maxima along with six-member delegation landed at the Islamabad airport via flight TK-711 earlier in the day.
She was accorded warm welcome by the officials of the Foreign Office and Dutch embassy. During her visit, according to a statement, she will call on President Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Imran Khan besides meeting with a range of stakeholders from the public and private sectors. Queen Máxima will also attend the launch of the Micro Payment Gateway, an initiative of the State Bank of Pakistan aimed at reducing the costs of small payments and boosting digital transactions to benefit people and promote financial inclusion.
The Netherlands’ queen has been the UN Secretary General’s Special Advocate (UNSGSA) for Inclusive Finance for Development since 2009.

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