Pakistan values relations with Netherlands: PM


ISLAMABAD: Appreciating Queen Maxima’s devotion to promoting financial inclusion for development, Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif Tuesday said that her visit to Pakistan would provide an added stimulus to all stakeholders to achieve the goal with full zeal and spirit.

The prime minister was talking to Queen Maxima of the Netherlands, who is also UN Secretary General’s Special Advocate (UNSGSA) for Inclusive Finance for Development, during a meeting with her at the PM House.

Welcoming the Queen, the PM said that Pakistan valued its relations with the Netherlands, both bilaterally and within the context of the European Union.

Nawaz Sharif said that present government was prioritizing financial Inclusion as a national objective through the National Financial Inclusion Strategy (NFIS) and Pakistan was committed to ensure successful implementation of the Strategy.

He said the development agenda of the present government was based on the principle of inclusive economic growth and use of digital technology was part of the financial inclusion.

Prime Minister’s Youth Loan Scheme is yielding significant dividends in encouraging sustainable inclusive growth by investing in the country’s human capital and empowering women, the prime minister added.

Queen Maxima of the Netherlands appreciated the successful march of Pakistan’s economy under the visionary leadership of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and reiterated support for Pakistan’s economic revival.

While appreciating Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif’s efforts in ensuring use of digital technology in Financial Inclusion for Development, the Queen said that greater access of women to smartphones across the country would help a great deal in empowering women in Pakistan.