NEW DELHI: The African Union was made a everlasting member of the G20, comprising the world’s richest and strongest nations, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi stated at the bloc’s summit in New Delhi on Saturday (Sep 9).
The African Union, a continental physique of 55 member states, now has the identical standing because the European Union – the one regional bloc with a full membership. Its earlier designation was “invited worldwide organisation”.
Modi, in his opening remarks on the summit, invited the AU, represented by Chairperson Azali Assoumani, to sit down on the desk of G20 leaders as a everlasting member.
“Honoured to welcome the African Union as a everlasting member of the G20 Household. This may strengthen the G20 and in addition strengthen the voice of the World South,” stated a message on Modi’s official account on social media platform X, previously often known as Twitter.
The transfer was proposed by Modi in June.
Reuters earlier cited the draft declaration admitting the African Union as a everlasting member.
Different points being selected on the summit embrace extra loans to creating nations by multilateral establishments, reform of worldwide debt structure, laws on cryptocurrency and the affect of geopolitics on meals and vitality safety.
The 38-page draft which was circulated amongst members left the “geopolitical scenario” paragraph clean – reflecting deep division over the struggle in Ukraine – however 75 different paragraphs indicated broad settlement on points reminiscent of cryptocurrencies and reforms in multilateral improvement banks.
The G20 beforehand comprised 19 nations and the European Union, with the members representing round 85 per cent of worldwide GDP, greater than 75 per cent of worldwide commerce and about two-thirds of the world inhabitants.