The African Union will soon join the the Group of 20 (G20) as a permanent member, India’s prime minister Narendra Modi announced this on Saturday September 9, as he inaugurated a leaders’ summit in New Delhi for the world’s wealthiest nations.
In his opening speech, Modi welcomed the chairman of the African Union, Azali Assoumani, to sit down at as a long-lasting member from the group as other leaders hailed and looked on.
Modi is uniting global forerunners in New Delhi as getting through divisions over Russia’s conflict in Ukraine keep on extending, assuming responsibility for conveying talk around probably the most major problems, including global economic fears and an climate emergency that needs pressing action from the world’s richest countries.
In his opening remarks, India’s Modi said:
“Today, as the president of G20, India calls upon the world to come together to transform the global trust deficit into one of trust and reliance”
“This is the time for all of us to move together. Be it the divide between North and South, the distance between the East and West, management of food and fuel, terrorism, cyber security, health, energy or water security, we must find a solid solution to this for future generations.”
The 55 nations that make up the African continent are the members of the African Union, a continental body.
It has for some time been a guest invitee to the G20 grouo with other major global institutions, including the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF).
However, this action will make the organization a permanent member, similar to how the European Union is. This could make the G20 into the G21 and give the African bloc a front-row seat at one of the most powerful global governance bodies in the world.
Since taking over the G20 presidency, Modi has been quick to push India’s qualifications as a head of emerging and non-industrial countries, known as the Global South, pushing for expanded collaboration with more rich countries to assist with getting essential monetary supports.
Modi has previously stated that the African Union will be a part of the group.
“When we say we see the world as a family, we truly mean it”
“Africa is a top priority for us even within the G20. One of the first things we did during our G20 Presidency was to hold the Voice of the Global South summit, which had enthusiastic participation from Africa.