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PM Modi wants complete G20 participation

PM Modi wants complete G20 participation for the African Union

India is set to host the G20 Summit in New Delhi in September.

According to persons acquainted with the situation, PM Modi has written to his counterparts in the Group of 20 (G20) nations, requesting that the African Union be granted full membership at the grouping’s September summit in New Delhi.

According to the persons, the proposal was made in response to a request from the Union, which is made up of 55 African countries. They stated that the move is intended to strengthen Africa’s voice “on the international stage and in shaping the future of our shared world.”

The G20, which was formed in 1999 in the aftermath of the Asian financial crisis, is made up of the world’s 20 major economies. Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkey, the United Kingdom, the United States, and the European Union are members of the grouping.

According to the people, Modi has taken the lead on the topic of the African Union’s membership in the G20, which he firmly advocates and supports.

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According to one of those quoted above, the African Union’s membership in the G20 will be a “right step towards a just, fair, more inclusive, and representative global architecture and governance.”

In September, India will host the G20 Summit in New Delhi.

PM Modi  G20 participation

According to the sources, PM Modi is also a firm believer in giving the Global South, particularly African countries, a stronger voice on international platforms.

According to them, as part of India’s G20 chairmanship, PM Modi has concentrated on incorporating African countries’ interests into the grouping’s agenda.

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Earlier this year, India sponsored the Voice of the Global South Summit to determine developing countries’ objectives and concerns so that they may be incorporated into the G20 agenda for this year.

While the G7 has condemned Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, India has urged the G20 to focus on the economic consequences of the situation, particularly food, fuel, and fertiliser shortages in the Global South.

In 2001, the African Union was established to replace the Organisation of African Unity. The African Union’s member states have a combined population of more than 1.3 billion people. The African Union represents the interests of African governments in international forums and is a permanent observer at the UN’s General Assembly.