German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has voiced his support for the inclusion of the African Union (AU) in the G20 group of nations. Scholz made the statement during his visit to Ethiopia, where he underlined the key role played by the AU in mediating the Sudan crisis.
He pledged Germany’s commitment to contributing towards peace and security in Africa, specifically in the context of the ongoing conflict in Sudan, stating that the AU plays a central role in securing a peaceful resolution.
He further expressed his support for the AU’s participation in the G20, following the example of previous advocates including US President Joe Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron.
Scholz’s trip to Africa also includes a visit to Kenya, where he aims to build partnerships in clean energy with a country that is already a pioneer in the field, with 90% of its energy needs being met by renewables.
Kenya plans to reach 100% renewable energy coverage by 2030. The trip marks Scholz’s second visit to Africa since he became Chancellor in December 2021.
The inclusion of the AU in the G20 would be a significant development, as currently, South Africa is the only African member of the group. The G20 was established in 2008 and includes 19 countries plus the European Union.
As a leading global forum for economic cooperation, the G20’s inclusion of the AU would reflect a recognition of Africa’s growing importance on the world stage.