During the G20 summit in Delhi, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a historic offer to the African Union to become a permanent member of the G20, lifting the African Union to the same level as the European Union and giving the continental body a seat at the table traditionally reserved for invited foreign organizations. Until now, South Africa was the only African representative in the G20, but including the entire AU now promises to enhance Africa’s voice, visibility, and influence on the world arena. Kenyan President William Ruto said Africa’s rapid growth and development make it critical to shape G20 policies that benefit its peoples' common interests. With 55 members and a combined GDP of $3 trillion, the African Union has emerged as a prominent force in the G20, representing 1.4 billion people.

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