Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced today that the Government of Canada has extended invitations to Algeria, Egypt, Ethiopia, Malawi, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, as well as to Colombia, Jamaica and Haiti, to attend a special session at the G-8 Summit in Huntsville, Ontario, from June 25-26.

“The G-8 has a long tradition of developing credible solutions to global challenges in partnership with Africa and others in the international community,” said the Prime Minister. "At this year’s Summit, we will be engaging African leaders as well as key hemispheric partners in order to broaden representation and maximize results on international development and peace and security issues."

To ensure an informed global perspective, Canada has also engaged in extensive consultations and outreach efforts in the lead-up to the G-8 and G-20 summits.

The G-8 is a forum for leaders of the world’s most industrialized nations. It is made up of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States. The European Union also participates in the G-8 summits.