Members of the G8

The G8 is made up of heads of government from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom and the United States.  The European Union is also represented at meetings by both the president of the European Commission and the leader of the country that has European Union presidency. 

The group’s original 1976 line-up included France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States.  These countries were later joined by Canada in 1976 and Russia in 1998. 

All G8 members originate from the developed, industrialised world.  The G8 excludes China and India, despite their rapid economic growth, and fails to represent countries in Africa and Latin America.  This has led to accusations that the G8’s priorities fail to represent the majority of the developing world. 

Comments on this article

andrew wolohan 19 June, 2013

China, brazil, South Africa, should bring it up to g11

Eburuo U. Innocent 19 June, 2013

Am deeply glad for their resolutions this year and I pray for swift implementation.

Anonymous 19 June, 2013

Just curious, but what about Australia?

hochin 20 June, 2013

that is some mean piece of infamation

Theo. 20 June, 2013

What impact have the G8 on the African countries?

Oreofe 25 June, 2013

There should be a delegates from african countries because world is in-complete without mentioning african.

Joshua Wandagu 30 August, 2013

This system of grouping big powers leaves countries of Africa,Asia and Latin America marginalized. It creats minority economic dictatorship, more so when these countries are not represented.


Technically, since the G-8 consist of the most powerful countries, China should be added. furtherance, the G-20 can also be extended by adding african countries like Egypt, or Nigeria, or Ghana.
i am proudly a nigerian from ayede/bunu in kogi state.

Janaya 26 November, 2013

How does a country become a member of the G8??? Social Question?

MELIUS MELICHOLY 27 February, 2014

I think China should be included in G8 members this is because China has good industrial base also it politically stable also at this time she is in fore running to be the first country with well economic structure compered to USA

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