After years of campaigning, the African Union may be closer than ever to getting a seat in the G20. In recent years, the G20 has become the forum where key global governance issues are discussed.
G20 countries represent around 85% of global GDP, over 75% of global trade, and about two-thirds of the world population. That the African Union is not a member has been cited as a dent on the G20’s credibility.
But with Chinese, American and European backing, there are signs that the 55-nation grouping could become the 21st member as soon as September. Our guest this week is Gyude Moore. Gyude is a senior policy fellow at the Center for Global Development. He’s also served as Liberia’s public works minister.
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