Queen Máxima in London for Inclusive Finance

  January 19, 2015 at 4:05 pm by

As Special Advocate of the Secretary-General of the United Nations for Inclusive Finance,  Queen Máxima was today present at the conference “Financial Inclusion: The Next Move Forward” at the America Square Conference Centre in London.

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The conference, hosted by HSBC Holdings, Lloyds Banking Group and the Law Society of England and Wales, was focused on the importance of good access to and use of financial services worldwide.

In her speech, the Queen said that “over the course of the last five years, significant progress has been made. Millions of people have gained access to the financial tools they need to improve their lives and take advantage of opportunities – even if 2.5 billion adults – that’s half the adults in the world – and hundreds of millions of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises are still excluded from the formal financial system.”

The Queen stated that the next move forward in financial inclusion will be innovation and she also talked about her experiences during her working visits to Peru, Colombia, India and China.

During the conference, the progress that has been made so far in promoting financial inclusion was analysed and the next moves to go forward were discussed.

At the conference, among others, was also present Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury.

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