German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has expressed his support for the inclusion of the African Union (AU) in the G20 group of nations.
During his visit to Ethiopia, Chancellor Scholz emphasized the crucial role played by the AU in mediating the crisis in Sudan.
He highlighted Germany’s commitment to contributing to peace and security in Africa and discussed various security issues across the continent, particularly focusing on the conflict in Sudan.
Chancellor Scholz affirmed Germany’s backing for a peaceful resolution of the conflict, emphasizing the central role of the AU in this process. He stressed the significance of the AU’s involvement in the overall development of the region.
The call for the AU’s inclusion in the G20 is not new, as leaders like American President Joe Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron have previously advocated for it. Chancellor Scholz echoed this sentiment, stating that the African Union deserves a seat in the G20 to ensure its participation and influence.
This move is seen as a gesture of respect towards the African continent, its numerous states, and its growing population.
Currently, South Africa is the sole African member of the G20, which was established in 2008.
Chancellor Scholz’s visit to Ethiopia is part of his broader African tour, with Kenya being his next destination. In Kenya, Chancellor Scholz aims to establish partnerships in the field of clean energy, considering the country a pioneer in this domain, as 90% of its energy needs are already covered by renewables.
Kenya is already Germany’s primary trading partner in East Africa, and it has set an ambitious target to meet all its energy requirements through renewable sources by 2030.
This visit marks Chancellor Scholz’s second trip to Africa since assuming office in December 2021, indicating Germany’s growing interest in strengthening ties with African nations and collaborating on critical issues such as peace, security, and sustainable energy.