AU calls for deeper involvement in G20 summits

12:26, July 25, 2010      

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African Union (AU) has demanded for deeper involvement in the Group of 20 (G20) summits, saying that decisions made at the meetings directly impact on the continent.

Maxwell Mkwezalamba, commissioner for Economic Affairs at the AU Commission, told reporters here on Saturday on the sides of the ongoing AU summit that currently it is up to the host country of the summit to determine whom it invites from Africa.

He said there are many preparatory meetings in which Africa is not involved like the finance ministers meeting and yet they make key decisions to the summit.

"Africa must decide on who represents it at these summits. It is not only a question of representation but its institutionalization so that we actively participate in all processes leading to the summit," he said.

He said the G20, a group of 20 major economies around the world, is yet to consider Africa's demand. South Africa is the only African country on the G20.

Source: Xinhua


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