US President Joe Biden is preparing to defend the African Union’s integration into the G20. The group connects her EU with 19 of the world’s most advanced economies, The announcement is due in Washington at next week’s US-Africa Summit, which he plans to begin Tuesday, December 13.
“It’s time for Africa to be permanently on the table of international organizations and initiatives,” said Judd DeVermont, executive director for Africa on the White House Security Council.
“We need more African voices at international conferences on the global economy, democracy and governance, climate change, health and security,” he added.
South Africa is currently the only member of the G20. Therefore, Washington will advocate the integration of the African Union at this three-day US-Africa summit. The topic will be discussed with India, the G20 Presidency, in 2023.
While China and Russia are increasing their influence in Africa, the United States has made no secret of its desire to be closer to Africa.
Joe Biden has long supported calls by African nations to become permanent members of the UN Security Council. He will be given three days to meet in Washington next week and plead with the continent’s leaders for this second US-Africa summit.
All Heads of State and Governments of the African Union Member States were invited, with the exception of the Interim Presidents of Guinea, Mali, Burkina Faso and Sudan. These countries have been excluded from the organization since the coup. The first US-Africa summit, held in 2014, was the initiative of Barack Obama.