Queen Máxima of the Netherlands is on a 3-day visit Vietnam in her role as the UN Secretary-General’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development from May 30th to June 1st. This page will be updated with the events of Day 3.
Queen Maxima arrived in Ho Chi Minh City, and first visited a farm where tshe spoke with the owner and other farmers around the HortiDalat project. This project provides funding and technical support. Rabobank Foundation supports the project carried out by consultancy Fresh Studio from Vietnam. Farmers get through HortiDalat loans for construction of hothouses, advice to increase production and help in setting up a business plan. The project connects farmers and retailers together. As a result they have more guarantees for the marketing of their products and a steady income. Farmers vote amongst themselves what they are going to grow to avoid overproduction. Queen Máxima also visited a store where mobile customers can do online banking. In the afternoon, Queen Máxima attended talks in Ho Chi Minh City with farm-related businesses and civil society on financing agricultural activities.
Day 2 started in Hanoi, where Queen Máxima spoke with international partners such as the World Bank Group (WB), the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF), the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the local UN office on the status of inclusive finance in Vietnam. There was a roundtable discussion with private partners such as financial institutions and FinTech companies about their role in improving access to financial services. In the afternoon, Queen Máxima held talks with Governor Le Minh Hung of the State Bank of Vietnam (SBV) and also met with the President of the National Assembly, Ms. Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan.
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