Queen Máxima for widening financial inclusion services
Queen Maxima of the Netherlands, who is now visiting Bangladesh as UN Secretary-General’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development (UNSGSA), has laid emphasis on creating financial inclusion services for all to be part of the nation’s development process.
The Dutch Queen, during a meeting with Bangladesh Bank Governor Fazle Kabir on Thursday, made the point and praised Bangladesh’s success in creating accesses to financial inclusion for people, particularly taking women on board.
She also put importance on introducing a national identity system including e-KYC and linking it to the digital payment platforms. While discussing other issues, she showed her interest about Bangladesh’s future strategies on reducing gender gap and achieving goal of universal financial access reaping the benefit of innovation in financial sector through Fintech.
Queen Maxima stressed the need for setting up of an innovation office at the central bank level to take care of financial innovation issues.
Governor Fazle Kabir thanked Queen Máxima for visiting Bangladesh Bank and briefed her about the current status of financial inclusion and woman empowerment in Bangladesh.
He also informed the Dutch Queen about the initiatives taken by the central bank in reaching the underserved people through Mobile Financial Services, Agent Banking and SME loans and said the central bank has been working to enable the mobile financial services platform interoperable.
The governor further informed the queen that the formulation of the country’s first ever National Financial Inclusion Strategy (NFIS) is at the final stage.