Rename G20 as G21, admit African Union as a member – Barbados PM proposes

ACCRA, The Prime Minister of Barbados Mia Mottley has called on the G-20 countries to consider the Africa Union (AU) as a member and rename the group, G-21.

She echoed the potential of the Continent, labelling it the fifth largest economy in the world with over 1.3 billion people. She said the Continent is blessed with the greatest demographic dividends with the highest percentage of young people in the world today.

Speaking at Ghana’s 65th Independence Day celebration in the Central Regional capital Cape Coast, Mottley said if there is to be a future for young people in Africa, such future should not be shaped by external forces who dictate to the youth.

She stated that the future of the African youth rather should be ”shaped by good personalities with the right experience for positive development”.

According to wikipedia, the G20 or Group of Twenty is an intergovernmental forum comprising 19 countries and the European Union. It works to address major issues related to the global economy, such as international financial stability, climate change mitigation, and sustainable development.

The members of the G20 are: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkey, the United Kingdom, the United States, and the European Union. Spain is also invited as a permanent guest.

Source: Nam News Network

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