Prime Minister Narendra Modi has made a significant move by proposing full membership for the African Union (AU) in the G20 at the upcoming summit in India. This step aims to amplify Africa’s representation and influence on the global stage, allowing the AU, consisting of 55 member states, to actively participate in shaping the future of the world we share. As the current chair of the G20, India is hosting the summit in Delhi in September. PM Modi personally wrote to his G20 counterparts, emphasizing the importance of granting full membership to the African Union, aligning with the AU’s request. This initiative underscores India’s commitment to promoting a just, fair, and inclusive global architecture and governance.
India Backs African Union’s Bid For Full Membership In G20
Under India’s G20 presidency, PM Modi has prioritized incorporating the concerns and priorities of African countries into the G20 agenda. Earlier this year, India organized the Voice of the Global South Summit, shedding light on the challenges faced by developing nations. The G20, comprising major developed and developing economies, represents a significant portion of the global GDP, trade, and population.
The African Union, established in 2002 as a successor to the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), serves as the primary representative body for the African continent. Its objective is to foster progress and economic growth in African nations. By granting full membership to the AU, the G20 would recognize and empower Africa’s voice, ensuring greater inclusivity and diversity in global decision-making processes.
PM Modi’s proactive stance on this matter demonstrates his strong advocacy and support for integrating Africa’s interests into the G20 framework. This move reflects a commitment to building a more equitable and representative global order. As the G20 summit approaches, the proposal to grant full membership to the African Union will be an important agenda item, potentially shaping the future dynamics of the G20 and fostering stronger collaboration between Africa and the rest of the world.
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