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Queen Maxima of Netherlands set to visit Kenya

The Queen of Netherlands is set to visit Kenya between Monday October 23 and Wednesday October 25, where she will tour Kisumu and Nairobi, and hold talks with President William Ruto among other government officials.

According to a dispatch from the Royal House of the Netherlands, Queen Maxima will be in the country in her capacity as the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development (UNSGSA.

Her visit precedes that of King Charles III and Queen Camilla of UK, to the country later this month.

Their visit which is scheduled from Tuesday, October 31 to Friday, November 3, 2023 is as a result of an invitation from President William Ruto as Kenya prepares to celebrate 60 years of independence.

FILE PHOTO: Dutch Queen Maxima arrives at the Institute of Social Studies (ISS) to attend a speech by Nigerian Prince Claus chairholder Jumoke Oduwole in The Hague, on May 20, 2014. AFP /ANP / BAS CZERWINSKI

 

Queen Maxima’s  visit next week is characterized by a primary focus on enhancing the quality of digital financial services, in addition to promoting financial health and inclusive green finance.

According to an official release from the Royal House of the Netherlands, the Queen’s tour will begin with two field visits in the Kisumu area, near Lake Victoria.

She will meet with farmers who utilize innovative digital insurance products to protect themselves from the effects of severe drought and excessive rainfall. In the event of crop damage, the insurance can use satellite data to accurately assess income loss and pay out compensation right away.

“Queen Máxima will meet with the founders and users of an agricultural vehicle digital rental business, which is mostly used by smallholder farmers. The farmer estimates the perimeter of the field to be worked via an app, and the platform connects them with the owner of a farm vehicle. Later in the day, Her Majesty  will fly to Nairobi to meet with young entrepreneurs and learn about their experiences with digital financial services provided by fintech firms and banks,” said the Royal House.

The Royal House affirmed that during her field trip in Nairobi, Queen Máxima would unravel the transformative potential of easily accessible digital loans, particularly those offered by the Medical Credit Fund.

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