THE African Union has formally joined the group of 20 top global economies the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi stated this today.
He revealed this during his opening remarks at the G20 Summit taking place in New Delhi, India.
He said, “I invite the representative of the African Union to take his place as a permanent member of the G20,” Modi announced, before banging his gavel three times to applause in the room.
The AU’s inclusion comes at a time when global divisions are widening.
However, there was widespread support for making the AU the second regional organization to join the G20 permanently after the European Union.
The G20 is a select group of the top important and strong economies in the world.
They account for two-thirds of global population, 85% of global trade, and 75% of global GDP.
The US, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Britain, Canada, China, the European Union, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, and Turkey are members.
One of the nine guests invited to the summit is President Bola Tinubu.