African Union granted permanent G20 membership
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African Union granted permanent G20 membership

Under India's G20 presidency, a significant milestone was achieved as the African Union officially became a permanent member of the influential global economic forum, marking the first expansion of the G20 since its establishment in 1999. All G20 member countries, following Prime Minister Narendra Modi's proposal, unanimously accepted the African Union's inclusion, solidifying its position alongside other major world economies.

In his opening remarks at the G20 Summit, Prime Minister Modi invited Azali Assoumani, President of the Union of Comoros and Chairperson of the African Union, to join the distinguished gathering, making the 55-member African Union the second multinational entity, after the European Union, to gain permanent membership in the G20.

Modi emphasised the spirit of 'sabka saath' (with everyone), highlighting India's proposal for the African Union's permanent membership. He expressed gratitude for the consensus, and amidst applause from global leaders, invited the President of the African Union to join the high table.

The Prime Minister's Office lauded this achievement as an important step towards a more inclusive G20, aligning with the aspirations of the Global South. India's commitment to the African continent was reiterated, as Modi emphasised that including all voices in global affairs is essential for the success of any future plan for the planet.

The G20 Summit's theme, "Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam – One Earth, One Family, One Future," reflects India's cultural ethos and its dedication to inclusive growth, digital innovation, climate resilience, and equitable global health access, particularly benefiting developing nations.

The African Union, with its 55 member states, collectively possesses a GDP of nearly Rs 250 billion and a population of around 1.4 billion. This historic inclusion underscores India's leadership in promoting global collaboration and recognising the importance of representing the voices of all nations in shaping the world's future.

Under India's G20 presidency, a significant milestone was achieved as the African Union officially became a permanent member of the influential global economic forum, marking the first expansion of the G20 since its establishment in 1999. All G20 member countries, following Prime Minister Narendra Modi's proposal, unanimously accepted the African Union's inclusion, solidifying its position alongside other major world economies.In his opening remarks at the G20 Summit, Prime Minister Modi invited Azali Assoumani, President of the Union of Comoros and Chairperson of the African Union, to join the distinguished gathering, making the 55-member African Union the second multinational entity, after the European Union, to gain permanent membership in the G20.Modi emphasised the spirit of 'sabka saath' (with everyone), highlighting India's proposal for the African Union's permanent membership. He expressed gratitude for the consensus, and amidst applause from global leaders, invited the President of the African Union to join the high table.The Prime Minister's Office lauded this achievement as an important step towards a more inclusive G20, aligning with the aspirations of the Global South. India's commitment to the African continent was reiterated, as Modi emphasised that including all voices in global affairs is essential for the success of any future plan for the planet.The G20 Summit's theme, Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam – One Earth, One Family, One Future, reflects India's cultural ethos and its dedication to inclusive growth, digital innovation, climate resilience, and equitable global health access, particularly benefiting developing nations.The African Union, with its 55 member states, collectively possesses a GDP of nearly Rs 250 billion and a population of around 1.4 billion. This historic inclusion underscores India's leadership in promoting global collaboration and recognising the importance of representing the voices of all nations in shaping the world's future.

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