Outreach sessions of G8 summit

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HEILIGENDAMM -- Leaders of the Group of Eight (G8) industrialized nations, who are meeting here from Wednesday to Friday, will have two outreach sessions, one with five developing countries -- Brazil, China, India, Mexico and South Africa, and the other with African countries.

This will be the fourth time for Chinese President Hu Jintao to be invited to attend the dialogue meeting, scheduled on Friday morning at this Baltic resort in east Germany.

Leaders from Algeria, Ethiopia, Egypt, Ghana, Nigeria, Senegal and South Africa have been invited to the outreach session on Friday morning with the G8 leaders, along with Chairman of the Commission of the African Union, Alpha Oumar Konare, and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

The G8, a coordination mechanism for leading industrialized countries, has been playing an important role in world politics and economy.

In recent years, the G8, consisting of Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia and the United States, has strengthened its relations with developing countries and invited such nations as China and India for dialogues on major international issues.

The 2003 G8 summit, held in Evian, France, sent a message to the world that dialogue and coordinated actions could facilitate common development, unity and security.

At the invitation of France, leaders from China, Brazil, India, Malaysia, Mexico and Saudi Arabia, as well as five NEPAD (the New Partnership for Africa's Development) countries -- Egypt, Senegal, Nigeria, Algeria and South Africa, attended the informal South- North dialogue meeting ahead of the G8 summit.

The leaders from the developing countries exchanged views with the G8 leaders on world economy and peace. President Hu was invited for the first time to attend the meeting.

At the 2005 G8 summit in Gleneagles, Scotland, Britain invited leaders from five major developing countries (Brazil, China, India, Mexico and South Africa), and some African countries (Algeria, Ethiopia, Ghana, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa and Tanzania) to attend the dialogue meeting.

In Gleneagles, the G8 leaders and the leaders from the developing countries discussed world economy, climate change and other major international issues.

Chinese President Hu delivered a speech at the meeting in which he made a four-point proposal on developing world economy, implementing the UN Millennium Development Goals, deepening South- North dialogue and dealing with climate change.

In Russia's St. Petersburg on July 17, 2006, the G8 leaders met with leaders of six developing countries -- Brazil, China, India, Mexico, the Republic of Congo and South Africa -- for an outreach session to discuss issues of common concern.

In a speech at the meeting, President Hu called on the international community to take joint efforts to ensure global energy security and improve multilateral cooperation mechanisms for fighting communicable diseases.

He also stressed the importance of strengthening educational cooperation between developed and developing countries so as to promote social justice and enhance mutual understanding among different civilizations, and urged the world leaders to push forward the Doha Round talks of the World Trade Organization.

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