July 20, 2024
Mauritania leads African Union delegation at G20 sherpa meeting

Mauritania leads African Union delegation at G20 sherpa meeting

Mauritania’s presidential advisor, Sidi Ahmed Ould Abbah, who is also the African Union envoy, led the AU delegation to the third G20 Sherpa meeting held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from July 2 to 5.

According to the Mauritanian presidential press office, the delegation included Fathallah Sijilmassi, Director-General of the African Union Commission, and Jean-Bertrand Azapmo, advisor to the AU Commissioner for Economic Development, Trade, Industry, and Mining.

The conference participants focused on assessing progress on key G20 issues, including debt problems, reforms to the global financial system, energy transition, the impact of climate change on the global economy, and global tax reform to free up internal financial resources for development funding, the office reported.

Brazil presented its preparations for launching its initiative on the Global Alliance to Combat Poverty and Hunger, one of the priorities of its G20 presidency.

Participants also discussed a consensus proposal for a paragraph on the geopolitical shifts currently affecting the world, to be included in the G20 Leaders’ Statement.

On July 2, a day before the official start of the Sherpa meetings, the African Union delegation attended a meeting of the Emerging Markets and Developing Economies Committee, which includes 10 countries plus the African Union.

The AU delegation also held bilateral meetings with delegations from the European Union, the United States, Norway, Australia, India, and UNESCO.

The African Union’s active participation in these high-level discussions underscores its commitment to addressing global challenges and advocating for the interests of African nations on the world stage.

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