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Response to Global Challenges: ‘AU’s entry to G-20 will create stance for Africa

On Saturday, the African Union’s entry into the G20 will create room for the continent to make “its effective contribution” in aiding the world meet global challenges, the AU Commission head Moussa Faki Mahamat mentioned.

“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,” he wrote on X, formerly called Twitter.

The African Union in its maximum capacity has 55 members but 6 junta-ruled nations are currently facing sanctions through suspension. Collectively, it has a GDP of $3 trillion with some 1.4 billion people.

The G20 grouping included 19 countries and the European Union, representing 85 per cent of the world’s GDP, with South Africa its only member state from the continent.

“As a continent, we look forward to further advancing our aspirations on the global stage using the G20 platform,” Nigerian President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, who is at the summit, posted on X, formerly called Twitter.

Kenyan President William Ruto said the move will “give African interests and perspectives voice and visibility in this important body”.

“With Africa poised to grow in the coming years, a seat will allow it to shape the decisions of G20 to ensure the continent’s interests are advanced,” he said.

“The outcome of the just concluded Africa Climate Summit including fundamental reforms of international financial institutions and multilateral development banks is one thing that AU will advance,” he added.

Techrectory with AFP

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