African Union becomes permanent member of G20
African leaders expressed unanimous support for the G20's decision to admit the African Union as a permanent member of the grouping.
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During the 18th G20 meeting in New Delhi, India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi officially announced the induction of the African Union (AU) as the 21st permanent member.
AU Commission Chair Moussa Faki Mahamat accepted Africa's full membership in the G20.
South African President and former AU Chair Cyril Ramaphosa was among the first to support the decision.
Prior to this decision, the G20 had only granted observer status to the African Union since its establishment in 1999 in response to global economic crises.
African Union (AU):-
The African Union (AU) is a continental union of 55 member states in Africa.
The AU was officially launched on 9 July 2002 in Durban, South Africa.
Its main purpose was to replace the Organization of African Unity (OAU), which began on 25 May 1963 in Addis Ababa and was dissolved on 9 July 2002.
The Assembly of the African Union, a semi-annual meeting of heads of state and government of member states, makes the most important decisions within the AU.
Chairman - Azali Assoumani
Chairman of the Commission - Moussa Faki
Parliamentary Speaker - Fortune Jade Charumbira
It is an international forum of the world's leading economies established in 1999.
Its primary objective is to promote international financial stability and sustainable economic growth.
The G20 serves as a forum to discuss and coordinate policies related to a wide range of economic and financial issues such as trade, investment, employment, energy and climate change.
President of Kenya - William Ruto
President of Egypt - Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi
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