African­voice

G20 Sum­mit’s in­clu­sive pol­icy agenda gives African coun­tries hope

ChinAfrica - - Africa Report - By Casimir Koua­dio

Caroline Mwangi from Kenya’s K24 TV has a homely yet ap­po­site way to de­scribe the G20 Sum­mit held in the Chi­nese city of Hangzhou early Septem­ber: “When the G20 sneezes, de­vel­op­ing na­tions catch a cold. So what they do ends up af­fect­ing us.” Though the sum­mit lasted only two days, the poli­cies and projects agreed upon by the bloc of 19 member coun­tries and the EU are go­ing to af­fect the en­tire world, in­clud­ing Africa. In the past sum­mits, there was lit­tle African par­tic­i­pa­tion in the dis­cus­sions, South Africa be­ing the only African member in the group. But this time, with a no­tice­able ef­fort by sum­mit host China to in­clude other de­vel­op­ing economies, there was a vis­i­ble African pres­ence. who said in his press con­fer­ence af­ter the sum­mit, “The G20 be­longs not only to its mem­bers but the whole world.”

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