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

Felix kofi bello 15 October, 2010

I suggest that africa and latin america should be included. With africa either nigeria or s.africa will do. Brazil for latin. chiefBello

Chinodebem Onyemenam 11 April, 2011

Technically, if Africa is to be included (which it should) I think Egypt or South Africa or Nigeria would do. But I think the G8 is genuinly and purely composed of developed and industrialized countires of the world, as Industrial Revolution has not yet totally hit Africa.

asare jamel 13 May, 2011

first of all i don't know the criteria for accepting countries to this body (G8). But no matter the criteria, no Africa country can be added because of some challenges like, politcal instability, poor economy, poor military base, low industralization processes etc. Although am from Ghana in west africa

sagar deb (economist) 3 November, 2011

India and china both should be accepted, if they are both part of the G20( composed of the 20 strongest economies) so surely they should be added. Plus india is a great alli with the western world and treatin.g them like dirt is not good

PG 13 November, 2011

in terms of the representation we have G20 which is taking the main role as the global governance actor anyway. I don't think the membership within the G8 should be further extended. The only country which participation should be considered is China. They will very shortly be the biggest world economy. But if we look at it for the perspective of democratic values and human rights China's membership can prove problematic.

Ya Basta 6 January, 2012

the whole group is a self-centred organisation which is determined to keep their respective high levels to the same level, primarily by keeping down the rest (which is the only way it can be achieved)

jack watts 17 January, 2012

in terms of the representation we have G20 which is taking the main role as the global governance actor anyway. I don't think the membership within the G8 should be further extended. The only country which participation should be considered is China. They will very shortly be the biggest world economy. But if we look at it for the perspective of democratic values and human rights China's membership can prove problematic.

tikun bc 11 May, 2012

india n china shd must b accpted or dey shd constitute
a parelel organisation,after all these two country are biggest economies after the US n also have the population of 2/3rd of the world

tikun bc 11 May, 2012

india n china shd must b accpted or dey shd constitute
a parelel organisation,after all these two country are biggest economies after the US n also have the population of 2/3rd of the world

Gilbert 21 May, 2012

I don't think China would accept invitation to G8. China's main idea is to become the leader and brother of Africa and Latin America to against the capitalism.

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