The African Union Commission (AUC) chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat on Saturday i.e 9th September praised AU’s entry into the G20, highlighting that it will allow Africa to make its “effective contribution” in fulfilling global challenges.
“I welcome the African Union’s entry into the G20 as a full member. This membership, for which we have long been advocating, will provide a propitious framework for amplifying advocacy in favor of the Continent and its effective contribution to meeting global challenges,” the AU head wrote on X, formerly known as Twitter. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday formally announced the addition of a 55-member African Union as a permanent member of the G20. While addressing the inaugural session of the mega Summit, PM Modi said, “In keeping with the sentiment of sabka saath (with everyone), India had proposed that the African Union should be given permanent membership of the G20. I believe we all are in agreement on this proposal . Before we start our work, I invite the African Union president to take his position as a permanent member,” he said. As soon as the announcement was made public, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar escorted the current chairperson of the African Union and Comoros President Azali Assoumani to his respective seat.
As for now , Nigerian President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, who is present at the Summit, said, “As a continent, we look forward to further advancing our aspirations on the global stage using the G20 platform.” All in all , collectively, African Union member states have a GDP of nearly USD 3 trillion and a steady population of about 1.4 billion.