14-Jun-2024
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India’s Push for African Union Membership in G20: A Step Towards Inclusivity

India's diplomatic efforts have garnered support from several G20 members, including the US, UK, France, China, Germany, Indonesia, and Japan.

One of the central discussions at the G-20 Summit in New Delhi revolves around India’s proposal to grant membership to the African Union (AU) within this influential body. This move aligns with India’s overarching focus on the Global South during its G20 presidency, reflecting its commitment to a more inclusive and representative global order. India has been actively seeking support from member states to transform this proposal into a reality at the New Delhi summit.

The G-20, comprising the world’s leading economies, collectively represents 85 percent of the Global Gross Domestic Product (GDP), 65 percent of the global population, and 75 percent of global trade. Welcoming the African Union into this forum, which comprises 55 nations and 1.37 billion people, would significantly enhance its inclusivity and representation.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s proactive outreach to G20 leaders and the formal inclusion of the AU membership proposal in July 2023 reflects India’s dedication to this cause. The AU’s progress, particularly with the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCtA), underscores its significance globally.

While challenges within the AU exist, India’s call for membership recognizes African nations as equal partners in multilateral affairs. Simultaneously, the G20 countries stand to benefit from Africa’s wealth of critical minerals essential for technological development and clean energy.

India’s diplomatic efforts have garnered support from several G20 members, including the US, UK, France, China, Germany, Indonesia, and Japan. This concerted push signifies Africa’s importance in India’s foreign policy agenda and aims to amplify the voices of developing countries globally.

As India works towards securing a consensus for AU’s full G20 membership, it is poised to usher in a new era of inclusivity and representation, providing due recognition to Africa’s resurgence and strengthening the global voice of the developing world.

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Also Read: India’s Global Leadership: G-20 and Development

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