President welcomes Queen of Netherlands

President Tran Dai Quang (R) and Queen of the Netherlands Máxima Zorreguieta Cerruti (Source: VNA)


Hanoi (VNA) – President Tran Dai Quang hosted a reception in Hanoi on May 31 for Queen
of the Netherlands Máxima Zorreguieta Cerruti, the UN Secretary-General’s
Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development, who is on a working
visit to Vietnam.

President Quang
said he was delighted to see relations between Vietnam and the UN in general
and the Netherlands in particular have developed positively in many fields.

The Strategic
Partnership on Climate Change Adaptation and Water Management (2010) and the
Strategic Partnership on Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security (2014) are
vivid evidence of the current fruitful relationship between Vietnam and the
Netherlands, he elaborated.

The President said
political meetings between senior leaders of the two nations in the recent past
have laid a foundation for the bilateral comprehensive cooperation, noting with
pleasure that the Netherlands is now the biggest European investor and is one
of the most important trade partners of Vietnam.

President Quang
took this occasion to thank Queen Máxima for her interest in microfinance in
Vietnam through her visit to the country in 2011. He spoke highly of the
Queen’s efforts to enhance inclusive finance for developing nations as well as her
ongoing visit to study and share experience in promoting inclusive finance as
Vietnam has just embarked on this sphere.

Thanks to the
implementation of policies and activities related to inclusive finance such as
microfinance development, credit for agriculture and rural areas, and social
security, Vietnam has reaped a wide range of achievements in socio-economic
development and poverty reduction that have been recognised by the
international community, he noted.

The State leader
believed that inclusive finance will be a useful tool to effectively mobilise
resources, contributing to Vietnam’s socio-economic development and sustainable
growth. In early 2017, the Government assigned the State Bank of Vietnam to
build and promulgate a national inclusive finance strategy in 2020.

In this spirit,
President Quang suggested Queen Máxima, in her capacity as a representative of
the Netherlands and the UN Secretary-General’s Special Advocate for Inclusive
Finance for Development, mobilise financial and technical resources from the UN
and other international organisations to assist Vietnam in building the
strategy and share experience with the country.

Queen Máxima
congratulated Vietnam on its achievements in hunger elimination, poverty
reduction and socio-economic development over the past 30 years as well as its
outcomes in deploying inclusive finance.

She said
inclusive finance will be a tool to effectively mobilise resources,
contributing to Vietnam’s socio-economic development and sustainable growth and
helping people get easier access to official finance and banking services.

The Queen also
affirmed that the Netherlands is willing to share experience and cooperate with
Vietnam in the field of inclusive finance.-VNA



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