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AFRICA/G20: AU Chief seeks AU inclusion in G20

The chairperson of the African Union who doubles as the President of Rwanda, Paul Kagame has solicited for the insertion of the African Union Commission (AUC) in the G20. Kagame believes this will be a way forward to increase cooperation and partnership between the two bodies.

President Kagame disclosed this while addressing the Group of Twenty (G20) Leaders’ Summit in Buenos Aires in Argentina, using his prerogatives as the current chair of Africa’s most influential bloc, AU.

The 2018 edition of the summit is holding under the theme, ‘Building Consensus for Fair and Sustainable Development’.

Talking at a working lunch session termed  “Putting People First” discussing technology, youth jobs and women’s empowerment, Kagame stated Africa ought to have more involvement  in international value chains to enable citizens receive their rightful share of the benefits.

As per the AU chief, Africa is also eager on working directly with G20 to strengthen the pillars of the African Union’s Agenda 2063, together with the Sustainable Development Goals. In a statement Kagame said

“In that context, I would like to put forward the idea that a standing role for the African Union Commission in the G20 configuration would strengthen coordination in important ways, including on international financial governance.”

President Kagame further explained Africa’s economic opportunities, presenting the continent as an important asset to the G20 leaders, urging greater partnership.

“Africa is the reservoir of global economic opportunity in the coming decades. We have the fastest-growing cities, the most youthful population and many of the highest-growth economies.

“Major continental integration milestones achieved this year will have a multiplier effect on these strong fundamentals. Chief among these are the African Continental Free Trade Area, the Protocol on the Free Movement of Persons, and the Single African Air Transport Market,” he said.

Kagame equally emphasized on need for citizen inclusion in political process across the globe.

According to him, this inclusion can be bolstered by supporting mastery of the productive technologies that are defining the future world of work.

He articulated Rwanda and Africa’s readiness to ensuring inclusive, productive and resilient societies.

South Africa remains the only African nation that is a permanent member of the G20.

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