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Queen Maxima of Netherlands to Visit Kenya

Queen Maxima of Netherlands to Visit Kenya
Queen Maxima with her husband King Willem-Alexander welcoming Kenya's first family to Noordeinde Palace in The Hague in May 2023.

Queen Maxima of the Netherlands is set to embark on a visit to Kenya from October 23 to October 25. Her visit will encompass tours of Kisumu and Nairobi and will include discussions with President William Ruto and other government officials.

In her capacity as the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development (UNSGSA), Queen Maxima’s visit aims to promote inclusive financial practices and enhance the quality of digital financial services.

This comes ahead of a royal visit by King Charles III and Queen Camilla of the United Kingdom, scheduled from October 31 to November 3, 2023, upon the invitation of President William Ruto, as Kenya prepares to celebrate 60 years of independence on Friday 20.

According to a dispatch from the Royal House of the Netherlands, Queen Maxima’s itinerary includes two field visits in Kisumu, near Lake Victoria, where she will engage with innovative digital insurance product users. These farmers employ digital insurance solutions to safeguard themselves against the impacts of extreme weather conditions like droughts and excessive rainfall.

Satellite data is used to precisely evaluate crop damage and provide rapid compensation.

Additionally, Queen Maxima will meet the creators and users of a digital rental service for agricultural vehicles, primarily serving smallholder farmers.

This platform connects farmers with farm vehicle owners through a user-friendly app, streamlining agricultural operations.

The Queen’s visit will culminate in Nairobi, where she will interact with young entrepreneurs to learn about their experiences with digital financial services from fintech companies and banks.

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