The African Union (AU) is now a full voting member of the Group of Twenty (G-20).
The declaration was made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India on Saturday, as he opened a summit of the world’s wealthiest nations in New Delhi.
India’s prime minister extended an invitation to Azali Assoumani, chairperson of the African Union, to join the meeting as a permanent member during his opening remarks.
In his opening remarks, Modi said, “today, as president of G-20, India calls upon the world to come together to transform the global trust deficit into one of trust and reliance.”
“Now is the moment for us to make some progress as a group. We owe it to future generations to find a long-term solution to the problems of today, whether they be geographic (North vs. South, East vs. West), economic (food and fuel management), political (terrorism, cyber security), social (health, energy, water), or environmental.
According to BANKPAWA, the G-20 used to be a forum with only 19 members before the meeting, and that number included the European Union.
International financial stability, climate change mitigation, and sustainable development are just a few of the significant concerns that the Group of 20 is working to address.
Bola Tinubu, president of Nigeria, left for India on Tuesday in preparation for the summit.