The Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) has extended its heartfelt congratulations to the African Union (AU) following its acceptance as a new permanent member of the G20, a landmark decision that elevates Africa’s influence on the global stage.
In a message addressed to His Excellency Azali ASSOUMANI, the current President of the African Union, SECAM enthusiastically welcomed the news.
The esteemed association comprising Catholic Bishops representing Episcopal Conferences across Africa and Madagascar said it considers the achievement a testament to the African Union’s growing prominence on the international platform. The African Union’s ascension to the G20, an organization uniting numerous nations from five continents, is regarded as a significant milestone for the continent.
SECAM is confident that this new status will empower the African Union to actively shape and influence global decisions, particularly in matters of economic justice and enduring peace and expresses hope that the African Union will be able to play a major role in promoting the development of African countries.
“We hope that the African Union will be able to play a major role in promoting the development of African countries within this Organization, which brings together several countries from five continents. We accompany you with our prayers, imploring the help of Almighty God so that the African Union can make Africa’s voice heard within the G20 and make its contribution to the establishment of economic justice and lasting peace in the world,” the September 14 statement said.
The message from SECAM underscored the organization’s unwavering support for the African Union’s pivotal role in advancing the development of African nations within the G20 framework. As dedicated partners, SECAM pledged to accompany the African Union with their prayers, seeking the divine assistance of Almighty God to enable the African Union to amplify Africa’s voice within the G20. This, in turn, will contribute significantly to the realization of economic justice and lasting global peace.