ISLAMABAD: Queen Máxima of the Netherlands is arriving in Pakistan on Monday (today) on a three-day visit in her capacity as the UN Secretary-General’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development.
During the visit, the Queen will call on the President and the Prime Minister, besides engagements with a range of stakeholders from public and private sectors including State Bank Governor Reza Baqir, Adviser to the Prime Minister of Finance Abdul Hafeez Shaikh and Nadra Chairman Usman Mubeen. She is visiting Pakistan at the invitation of the government.
Queen Máxima will also attend the launch of Micro Payment Gateway, an initiative of the State Bank of Pakistan aimed at reducing cost of small payments and boosting digital transactions to benefit people and promote financial inclusion.
In Oct, Kate Middleton and Prince William had paid a four-day official visit to Pakistan and returned on Oct 18 to London.
During their trip, the royal couple had visited charities advocating various causes, ranging from girls’ education to the fight against global warming.
The Duke and Duchess had also met Prime Minister Imran Khan and visited Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer hospital that he founded in Lahore.
During her visit to Pakistan, Catherine had given a brief interview to CNN where she talked about her five-day royal tour of Pakistan.
After visiting SOS Children’s Village in Lahore, Kate, dressed in Pakistan’s national dress shalwar kameez, had spoken to CNN about her wish of visiting the organization. Kate had also delivered a speech regarding charity’s work.
Talking about their five-day tour of Pakistan, she had said, “It’s been fantastic. We’ve seen a lot of Pakistan. It’s been amazing seeing some of the geography, but then seeing some of the community activities like this has been really special.”