Queen Máxima to take part in meeting in Indonesia on access to financial services

On Monday evening 9 March in Jakarta, Her Majesty Queen Máxima will speak with representatives of the government of the Republic of Indonesia and with national and regional CEOs of several multinationals about progress in Indonesia in providing broad access to financial services. She is taking part in these meetings in her role as the UN Secretary-General’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development (UNSGSA). The talks are taking place on the eve of King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima’s state visit to Indonesia (see Government Information Service news releases nos. 293 (2019) and 24 (2020)).

Queen Máxima will talk with Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Airlangga Hartarto, Financial Services Authority Chairman Wimboh Santoso and a representative of the Central Bank of Indonesia. Queen Máxima and Dr Airlangga also spoke in January at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos.

In addition, Queen Máxima will meet with national and regional CEOs belonging to the CEO Partnership for Economic Inclusion (CEOP). This informal, private sector partnership of ten multinational companies – Ant Financial, AXA, Bharti Airtel, Mastercard, PayPal, PepsiCo, Rabobank, Santander Bank, Telenor and Unilever – works on joint projects that enhance their customers’ access to financial services and increase their market potential. The first CEOP meeting was held during the WEF in January 2018 at Queen Máxima’s invitation.

Queen Máxima has been working worldwide as UNSGSA since 2009 to make financial services accessible to all, thus increasing their economic and social development opportunities. She focuses especially on low-income groups, women, small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and smallholder farmers. She visited Indonesia for the UN on three previous occasions, in 2012, 2016 and 2018 (see Government Information Service news releases nos. 86 (2012), 181 (2016) and 35 (2018)).