- DailymailQueen Maxima, 47, has arrived in Ethiopia for a two day visit in her role with UN
- The royal wore stylish black ensemble including comfortable flat shoes
- While there Maxima will visit farmers who are shareholders in a beer breweryDailymail
Queen Maxima of the Netherlands appeared to be in high spirits as she arrived in Ethiopia for a two-day visit with the United Nations.
The royal, 47, who is often seen in brightly coloured clothes, donned a stylish but practical ensemble as she arrived at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport today. She was seen wearing an unusually subdued outfit of black trousers with a matching blazer that had gold buttons on the front paired with flat black shoes. A beaming Maxima added a hint of colour to her outfit however with a gold patterned shirt and silver bracelets.
Queen Maxima is visiting Ethiopia in her role as the UN Secretary-General’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development (UNSGSA).
As the royal left the airport the first stop on tour was a visit to a UN office where Maxima, spoke with partners and private sector representatives. She sat on a chair, which looked like a crown with a gold embellished patterned back as she spoke and laughed with the representatives.
In late 2017 Ethiopia launched a national strategy aimed at improving access to financial services for its citizens. Currently around 65 per cent of the adult population do not have access to financial services such as a bank or savings account, insurance, a loan or digital payment methods, reports the Global Findex 2017
Queen Máxima will begin her visit at the local UN office where she will speak with development partners and private sector representatives. She will also meet with Ahmed Shide, Minister of Finance, Dr Getahun Mekuria, Minister of Innovation and Technology, and Dr Yinager Dessie, Governor of the National Bank of Ethiopia.
The mother-of-three is also scheduled to meet with the President of Ethiopia, Sahle-Work Zewde, and Prime Minister Dr Abiy Ahmed. During her trip Queen Máxima will visit farmers to discuss a new business model that has made some of them shareholders in the Habesha beer brewery.
The brewery also offers them partial prefinancing for barley production in the form of seed, fertiliser and agricultural advice. The farmers pay this back with a portion of their harvest and the brewery guarantees that it will purchase the rest. This model helps boost yields and farmers’ incomes. The second field visit will focus on the various digital financial ‘Hello’ services provided by the company Belcash.
Queen Máxima visited Ethiopia in December 2013 on behalf on the UN and at this year’s World Economic Forum in Davos she met with Prime Minister Dr Abiy Ahmed. Dailymail
The royal has been the UN Secretary-General’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development since 2009. In this role she advises the Secretary-General and works worldwide to promote safe and affordable access to financial services for all. It has been a busy week for Queen Maxima and on Friday she was seen celebrating April Fair with her family in Seville, Spain. Maxima, who is often seen in bold outfits opted for a purple and pink look with her blonde hair pulled back and bright flowers in her hair.
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