Other Countries

The purpose of the G8 – the main industrialised democracies’ forum for dialogue – is to come up with fresh answers to the main global political and economic issues.

In addition to its traditional members, the Italian duty Presidency has invited to the G8 Summit the countries that make up the Major Economies Forum, the NEPAD (New Partnership for Africa's Development) founder states, the representatives of the African Union and Spain, Turkey and the Netherlands.

Other countries invited

Hosni Mubarak, President

MEF (Major Economies Forum) countries

Kevin Rudd, Prime Minister

Republic of Korea
Lee Myung-bak, President

Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, President

Denmark (the country hosting next December’s UN Conference on Climate Change)
Lars Lokke Rasmussen, Prime Minister

African countries

José Eduardo dos Santos, President

Algeria (NEPAD's Founder)
Abdelaziz Bouteflika, President

Nigeria (NEPAD's Founder)
Umaru Yar’Adua, President

Senegal (NEPAD's Founder)
Abdoulaye Wade, President

NEPAD's chair
Meles Zenawi, Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia

African Union
Muammar al-Gaddafi, African Union chair (Libya)
Jean Ping, African Union Commission chair

Additional Countries

Jan Peter Balkenende, Prime Minister

José Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, Prime Minister

Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Prime Minister