Queen Máxima in Jordan: February 10 -12
As a special advocate of the Secretary-General of the United Nations for inclusive finance for development and at the invitation of the government, Queen Máxima arrived in Amman, the capital of Jordan, on the evening of Sunday February 10 for a two-day visit.
Queen Maxima started the first day of the visit, on Monday February 11, with a round table meeting about inclusive financing at the presence of various development partners active in the country such as United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the World Bank Group (WB) and the World Food Program (WFP).
Afterwards the Queen went on field visits. The first visit was in Zarqa where the Queen met with female entrepreneurs who are agents for Dinarak, a company established in 2014 that provides digital financial services via mobile phone. The Queen also visited the Al Hana Boutique and Ladies hairdresser who receive mobile financial services from Dinarak.
Then Queen Máxima talked to women who have built up a tourist company with a business loan and coaching from the Microfund for Women (MFW). The Microfund for Women is a non-profit company that provides financial services to small-scale women entrepreneurs in Jordan.
Digitale financiële diensten als een #mWallet @dinarakjo en digitale leningen @Microfundforwom dragen bij aan economische zelfstandigheid van vrouwen. Koningin Máxima @UNSGSA op veldbezoek in #Jordanië in kader van #inclusievefinanciering. https://t.co/nc3XQhJIUt pic.twitter.com/Yyp3Mapd0v
— Koninklijk Huis (@koninklijkhuis) February 11, 2019
Later the Queen paid a visit to the UNHCR Jordan community centre in Amman where she was informed about the improving access to financial services to increase the development opportunities of refugees. Queen Máxima was also informed about the UNHCR’s higher education scholarship programme, DAFI (Albert Einstein German Academic Refugee Initiative) that aims to enable refugees worldwide to access higher education. One of the partners of this scholarship is the King Hussein Foundation. With this scholarship programme the students in Jordan receive a scholarship stipends through mobile wallets.
The second and final day of the visit, Tuesday February 12, began for Queen Máxima with a meeting at the presence of representatives of banks and companies. Afterwards the Queen had several institutional meeting with Prime Minister Omar al-Razzaz, the Minister of Finance, Ezzedin Kanakriyah, the Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Mothanna Gharaibeh, the Minister of Planning and International Cooperation, Mary Kamel Kawar and then she went to the Central Bank of Jordan where she had a meeting with the Governor of the bank, Ziad Fariz, followed by a roundtable discussion focused on the national strategy for inclusive financing set out by Jordan.
Later Queen Máxima was received at the Royal Palace by King Abdullah and Queen Rania. After a private meeting the Royal Couple hosted a private lunch for the Queen.
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Koningin Maxima @UNSGSA spreekt in #Jordanië met minister-president Omar al-Razzaz, gouverneur Ziad Fariz en minister Mary Kamel Kawar over verbetering van toegang tot financiële diensten en financiële zelfstandigheid van vrouwen #inclusievefinanciering https://t.co/nc3XQhJIUt pic.twitter.com/N7NNUxU6fP
— Koninklijk Huis (@koninklijkhuis) February 12, 2019
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