The leadership of Peru in financial inclusion was the central subject of the Seminar “What do the poor need from financial inclusion?” Lessons learned from the Peruvian experience” that was organized on May 17th in the city of The Hague by the Embassy of Peru in the Netherlands, the Dutch Development Bank (FMO) and the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) of the Erasmus University of Rotterdam.

At the start of the event, the Ambassador of Peru to the Netherlands read a letter addressed by the Queen of the Netherlands to the attendees, in which she highlighted the achievements obtained by Peru in this subject, pointed out the Peruvian model as an example to other countries and remembered the leadership of Peru in the passing of the first resolution about financial inclusion in the General Assembly of the United Nations.

During the first session the former Minister of Development and Social Inclusion, Carolina Trivelli, presented the advances made by Peru in financial inclusion from the public and private points of view, emphasizing, among others, in the national strategy and the recent launch of the electronic wallet.

For its part, the General Manager of the FMO, Nanno Kleiterp highlighted the participation of the Dutch Development Bank in Peru, which’s portfolio is greater than 250 million euros, and its commitment to the promotion of a more inclusive development in the country.

Finally, the Rector of the International Institute for Social Studies, Inge Hutter, closed the seminar after a rich discussion during the second half of the afternoon, in which the Permanent Representative of Peru to the United Nations, Ambassador Gustavo Meza-Cuadra; the representative from the BBVA Foundation for Microfinance, Alejandro Lorca; and the representative of CARE Internationa, Reintje Van Haeringen; exchanged views on this subject.

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