The inclusion of the African Union as a full member of the G-20 on September 9, 2023, marks a significant milestone in global diplomacy. Prime Minister Narendra Modi emphasized that this move will not only enhance the effectiveness of the G-20 but also amplify the voice of the Global South. This historic development positions the African Union as the second regional bloc, following the EU, to join the G-20.
President Azaly Assoumani of Comoros, the current AU chair, expressed satisfaction over the widespread support received from various member states for the AU's advocacy for G-20 membership. In an interview with The Hindu, President Assoumani highlighted Africa's potential to address current challenges and urged G-20 member countries to invest in the continent's industrialization. He emphasized the importance of creating job opportunities to retain African youth on the continent.
Kanahiya Lal Ganju, Honorary Consul General of Comoros, expressed deep satisfaction over the swift inclusion of the African Union in the G-20. He noted that this development will significantly contribute to Africa's development process and attract investment to the continent.
Abdulla Shahid, Foreign Minister of Maldives, welcomed AU's inclusion in the G-20, emphasizing that it will enhance the representation and voice of developing countries in the deliberations and decisions of the Group.
India's proactive diplomatic efforts in Africa, including hosting the India Africa Forum Summit in 2015 and opening new missions in AU member countries, underscore its commitment to the continent's development. In addition to supporting the African Union's permanent membership in the G-20, India has extended invitations to Nigeria, Egypt, and Mauritius as part of the 'Guest Countries' at the G-20 summit, further reinforcing its dedication to fostering international collaboration.