Group of 15

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Group of 15
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Members of G-15 [1]
Formation 1989
1990 (Summit)
Purpose Act as a catalyst for greater cooperation between leading developing countries.[2]
G-15 Chair
 Sri Lanka (2010–2012)[needs update]

The Group of 15 (G-15)[1] is an informal forum set up to foster cooperation and provide input for other international groups, such as the World Trade Organization and the Group of Eight. It was established at the Ninth Non-Aligned Movement Summit Meeting in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, in September 1989, and is composed of countries from Latin America, Africa, and Asia with a common goal of enhanced growth and prosperity. The G-15 focuses on cooperation among developing countries in the areas of investment, trade, and technology. Membership has since expanded to 18 countries, but the name has remained unchanged.[3] Chile, Iran and Kenya have since joined the Group of 15, whereas Yugoslavia is no longer part of the group; Peru, a founding member-state, decided to leave the G-15 in 2011.[4]

Structure and activities[edit]

Some of the objectives of the G-15 are:

  • To harness the considerable potential for greater and mutually beneficial cooperation among developing countries
  • To conduct a regular review of the impact of the world situation and of the state of international economic relations on developing countries
  • To serve as a forum for regular consultations among developing countries with a view to coordinate policies and actions
  • To identify and implement new and concrete schemes for South-South cooperation and mobilize wider support for them
  • To pursue a more positive and productive North-South dialogue and to find new ways of dealing with problems in a cooperative, constructive and mutually supportive manner.[5]

By design, the G-15 has avoided establishing an administrative structure like those for international organizations, such as the United Nations or the World Bank; but the G-15 does have a Technical Support Facility (TSF) located in Geneva. The TSF functions under the direction of the Chairman for the current year. The TSF provides necessary support for the activities of the G-15 and for its objectives.[6] Other organs and functions of the G-15 include:

  • Summit of Heads of State and Government: The G-15's summit is organized biennially, with the venue being rotated among the three developing regions of the G-15 membership.[6]
  • Annual meetings of Ministers of Foreign Affairs: G-15 Ministers of Foreign Affairs typically meet once a year to coordinate group activities and to prepare for the nest summit of G-15 leaders.[6]
  • Steering Committee (Troika): A Steering Committee or Troika is composed of three Foreign Ministers, one from the preceding summit host country, the present host country and the anticipated next host countries. These three are responsible for oversight and coordination.[6]
  • Personal Representatives of Heads of State and Government: Each member country is represented by Personal Representatives of Heads of State and Government who meet regularly in Geneva.[6]

In addition, the Federation of Chambers of Commerce, Industry and Services (FCCIS) is a private sector forum of G-15 member countries. The purpose of the FCCIS is to coordinate and maximize efforts which promote business, economic development and joint investment in G-15 nations.[6]

In 2010, the chairmanship of the G-15 was accepted by Sri Lanka at the conclusion of the 14th G-15 summit in Tehran.[7]

Members countries and organizations[edit]

Region Member Leader Foreign Minister Population GDP (PPP, billion USD) GDP per capita (PPP, USD)
Abdelaziz Bouteflika
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Mourad Medelci
35,954,000 263.7 7,333
Acting President
Adly Mansour
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Nabil Fahmy
79,356,000 519.0 6,540
Uhuru Kenyatta
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Amina Mohamed
40,910,000 71.4 1,746
Muhammadu Buhari
Minister of Foreign Affairs
174,507,539 1109 6,204
Macky Sall
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Madické Niang
13,443,000 25.2 1,871
Robert Mugabe
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Simbarashe Mumbengegwi
12,575,000 6.1 487
Prime Minister
Narendra Modi
Minister of External Affairs (India)
Sushma Swaraj
1,206,917,000 4457.8 3,694
Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Marty Natalegawa
241,030,000 1124.6 10,585.4
Hassan Rouhani
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Mohammad Javad Zarif
75,859,000 990.2 13,053
Prime Minister
Najib Tun Razak
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Anifah Aman
28,731,000 447.3 15,568
 Sri Lanka
Maithripala Sirisena
Minister of External Affairs
Mangala Samaraweera
20,541,000 116.5 5,674
Latin America
and the
Cristina Fernández de Kirchner
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Trade and Worship
Héctor Timerman
40,900,000 716.4 17,516
Dilma Rousseff
Minister of External Relations
Antonio Patriota
194,933,000 2294.2 11,769
Michelle Bachelet
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Alfredo Moreno Charme
17,399,000 299.6 17,222
Prime Minister
Portia Simpson-Miller
Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade
A.J. Nicholson
2,741,000 24.8 9,029
Enrique Peña Nieto
Secretary of Foreign Affairs
José Antonio Meade Kuribreña
113,735,000 1661.6 14,610
Nicolás Maduro
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Elías Jaua
29,767,000 374.1 12,568

G-15 Summits[edit]

Date Host country Host city Host
1st G-15 summit 1–3 June 1990 Malaysia Kuala Lumpur Mahathir Mohamad
2nd G-15 summit 27–29 November 1991 Venezuela Caracas Carlos Andrés Pérez
3rd G-15 summit 21–23 November 1992 Senegal Dakar Abdou Diouf
4th G-15 summit 28–30 March 1994 India New Delhi P. V. Narasimha Rao
5th G-15 summit 5–7 November 1995 Argentina Buenos Aires Carlos Menem
6th G-15 summit 3–5 November 1996 Zimbabwe Harare Robert Mugabe
7th G-15 summit 28 October – 5 November 1997 Malaysia Kuala Lumpur Mahathir Mohamad
8th G-15 summit 11–13 May 1998 Egypt Cairo Hosni Mubarak
9th G-15 summit 10–12 February 1999 Jamaica Montego Bay P. J. Patterson
10th G-15 summit 19–20 June 2000 Egypt Cairo Hosni Mubarak
11th G-15 summit 30–31 May 2001 Indonesia Jakarta Abdurrahman Wahid
12th G-15 summit 27–28 February 2004 Venezuela Caracas Hugo Chávez
13th G-15 summit 14 September 2006 Cuba Havana Raúl Castro
14th G-15 summit 17 May 2010 Iran Tehran Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
15th G-15 summit 2012 Sri Lanka Colombo Mahinda Rajapaksa

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b The official website adopts the "G-15" orthography (with a hyphen) in order to distinguish an abbreviated reference to this group -- contrasts with other similarly named entities.
  2. ^ "Aims and Objectives", G-15 website
  3. ^ PressTV: "Iran to Host G15 Summit." May 20, 2010.
  4. ^ G15 members
  5. ^ "Aims and Objectives" G-15 website
  6. ^ a b c d e f "About the G-15"
  7. ^ Prematillake, Tharindu. "Lanka Heads Powerful G-15 Serving Collective Interests". The Nation (Colombo). May 22, 2010.
  8. ^ "World Economic Outlook Database, April 2012". IMF. 


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