Queen Máxima of the Netherlands, who was born in Argentina, is returning to her native land for the first time on official business since she became queen in April 2013. Yet she isn’t coming as a representative of the Dutch government, but rather in her position as UN Secretary General’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development (UNSGSA). It’s a position she has been in since 2009, when she was appointed by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon.
Máxima will be heading a conference in the City of Buenos Aires on Tuesday, with the goal of raising awareness on the importance of inclusive financial systems for achieving economic and development goals, which is her main duty as UNSGSA.
Máxima will give her talk at the Argentine Catholic University (UCA) in Puerto Madero. Finance Minister Alfonso Prat-Gay is also scheduled to participate in the event. Máxima is expected to meet with President Mauricio Macri on her last day in the country, next Wednesday.
Máxima and Macri had already met face-to-face in January during the Davos Economic Forum in Switzerland. First Lady Juliana Awada was present too, as was Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte.
Although Máxima has been visiting her family in Argentina since she became queen, these trips were private affairs.