The African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat on September 9 lauded AU’s entry into the Group of Twenty (G20), saying that it will allow Africa to make its “effective contribution” in meeting global challenges.
“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,” the AU head wrote on X.
The African Union at full strength has 55 members; six junta-ruled nations are currently suspended. Collectively, the union has a gross domestic product of $3 trillion with about 1.4 billion people.
The G20 has 19 countries and the European Union as members, which together represent 85 percent of the world GDP. South Africa is the only member state from the African 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 attended the G20 Leaders’ Summit in New Delhi from September 9-10, posted on X.