Queen Letizia of Spain presided over the BBVA Microfinance Foundation (FMBBVA) “Connected by the digital opportunity” at the La Vela Auditorium, BBVA city in Madrid. The objective is to show the importance of digitization as a lever for the development of people in vulnerable situations.
Connectivity has been one of the most debated topics in the last year, especially because of how it affects the most vulnerable, who face greater gaps in access and use (cost and digital skills). Still, about 3.4 billion people, that is, half of the world’s population, still do not access the internet. Much has already been said about the barriers and challenges to overcome; Now is the time to elevate the conversation and look to the future, one that is inclusive, with innovative and tangible solutions.
The act ‘Connected by the digital opportunity’, was intended to open a dialogue with technological disruptors about the need to bring connectivity to those who are excluded and the opportunity to digitize them, to contribute to the development of vulnerable populations, who will be able to access to more services, such as financial services, and to a better quality of life.
In these times of pandemic, the BBVA Microfinance Foundation (FMBBVA) has continued to work with more intensity if possible, to promote the sustainable development of people living in vulnerable conditions and have productive activities, through a full range of financial services, advice, and training. favoring inclusion, the economic empowerment of women, environmental sustainability, and the reduction of the digital divide.
The event began with the projection of the video “immersion”, recorded by the Foundation’s bank correspondent in Colombia (Bancamía). Then a pane named “The challenge of technological disruptors to include the excluded” discussed the opportunities and Future of Technology in development.
The next item on the agenda was an audiovisual interview – a “conversation on the ground, Peru”, with the participation of Shirley Margot Barbaran, advisor to the FMBBVA (Peru); Blanca Jumanga, an entrepreneur from FMBBVA (Peru); and Daicy Ochavano, an entrepreneur from the FMBBVA (Peru).
Addressing the gathering, The Queen emphasized the use and importance of the Internet, its availability, and usage. She said, “500 million people do not have access to the internet for different reasons. All this translates into more vulnerability, greater inequality, more exclusion, less development, and less progress”.
To end the event, Doña Letizia held a meeting with the Foundation’s board of trustees and the attendees.
For the event, Queen Letizia wore a Michonet Ethnic Gold Neck Dress. Thanks to Nuria for the id.
The €278 dress was described as, “Dress long sleeve and round neck multicolored made knit raschel. This Moroccan-influenced dress with gold details will be your best ally to feel perfect and comfortable thanks to the elastic point that fits your body leaving freedom of movement and its flattering pattern reinforced at the waist.”
She topped the dress with a purple thin belt.
Letizia paired the outfit with her fuchsia Carolina Herrera leather slingback pumps
And a matching Carolina Herrera Initials Insignia Fuchsia Satchel handbag.
Letizia wore a pair of gold hoops and
Her Karen Hallam ring.