With a growing economy and increasingly digitally connected population, Bangladesh appears well positioned for a boost in technology-enabled financial inclusion. To support inclusive finance in the country, Her Majesty Queen Máxima of the Netherlands, United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development (UNSGSA), visited Bangladesh 9-11 July 2019.
Throughout her discussions, Queen Máxima highlighted the need to embrace innovation to increase financial inclusion. She noted the importance to develop an interoperable payments platform to enable easier, cheaper and real-time transactions between clients from different financial services providers. And the UNSGSA stated it could be helpful if the national ID system were to further facilitate financial inclusion.