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France’s Support for Africa’s Membership at the G20: Macky Wins Paris’ Commitment

After the United States, Japan, Turkey, Macky Sall has just won the support of France for the AU‘s adhesion to the G20.While in this country, President Sall met with Emmanuel Macron on the international situation, the strengthening of relations between the two countries.

President Macky Sall met French President Emmanuel Macron yesterday in Paris. According to the Presidency, the two leaders « reviewed the bilateral agenda in the context of strengthening the ties of friendship and cooperation between Senegal and France ». « The international situation was also mentioned by the two Heads of State, as well as France’s reaffirmed support for the African candidacy for a seat as a permanent member of the G20, » adds the Presidency.

A few weeks before the official end of his mandate at the head of the African Union, President Sall would like to leave to his successor a fairly advanced project in relation to the Pan-African body’s adhesion to the G20. He continues his plea for a rapid integration of Africa within the confines of this global economic and financial governance. He has already obtained a commitment from Turkey, Japan and the United States.

The African Union (AU) membership to the G20 was at the heart of Macky Sall‘s mandate. At the organisation’s Bali Summit held last November, he raised the issue. Moreover, it was announced that this request made by Macky Sall in Indonesia will be examined at its next meeting, scheduled for India in 2023. This organisation brings together the 20 of the world’s richest countries and it should be noted that South Africa is the only African country member of this select club. In his speech in Bali, President Sall esteemed that Africa should no longer « be a permanent guest ».

For Macky Sall, this request is more than relevant. In his eyes, Africa remains an « indispensable partner on the international scene, it is the 8th economic power by its GDP, has more than 60% of arable land, with a population estimated at nearly 2.5 billion by 2050”. For all these reasons, President Sall believes, « it can therefore nurture a just ambition to be integrated as a permanent member of the G20 Forum. And I would like to invite my peers to do so,” he called. A call that seems to be heard given the support noted so far.

By Justin GOMIS / justin@lequotidien.sn

  • Translation by Ndey T. SOSSEH

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