The G20 has granted permanent membership to the African Union. I
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi extended an invitation to the AU, which was being represented by its chair, Azali Assoumani, to join the table of G20 leaders as a permanent member.
The announcement elevates the AU’s status, now equal to that of the European Union, EU, which was previously the only regional bloc with full membership.
This announcement has been warmly welcomed by African leaders, including Kenya’s President William Ruto, who sees it as an opportunity to amplify Africa’s voice and influence on the global stage, particularly in addressing pressing issues like climate change and international financial reforms.
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, whose country already a member before now, expressed his delight at this development, emphasizing the importance of collective efforts and financial resources in tackling global challenges.
President Bola Ahmed Tinubu of Nigeria, who is also present at the summit, through his X (formerly Twitter) says he looks forward to using the G20 platform to advance Africa’s global aspirations.