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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
Website www.g15.org

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 (WTO) and the "Group of Seven. 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:

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:

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)
Africa  "Algeria "President "Abdelaziz Bouteflika "Minister of Foreign Affairs "Mourad Medelci 35,954,000 263.7 7,333
 "Egypt "President "Abdel Fattah el-Sisi "Minister of Foreign Affairs "Nabil Fahmy 79,356,000 519.0 6,540
 "Kenya "President "Uhuru Kenyatta "Minister of Foreign Affairs "Amina Mohamed 40,910,000 71.4 1,746
 "Nigeria "President "Muhammadu Buhari "Minister of Foreign Affairs "Geoffrey Onyeama 174,507,539 1109 6,204
 "Senegal "President "Macky Sall "Minister of Foreign Affairs Mankeur Ndiaye 13,443,000 25.2 1,871
 "Zimbabwe "President "Emmerson Mnangagwa "Minister of Foreign Affairs "Simbarashe Mumbengegwi 12,575,000 6.1 487
Asia  "India "Prime Minister "Narendra Modi "Minister of External Affairs "Sushma Swaraj 1,326,917,000 9457.8 7,994
 "Indonesia "President "Joko Widodo "Minister of Foreign Affairs "Retno Marsudi 241,030,000 1124.6 10,585.4
 "Iran "President "Hassan Rouhani "Minister of Foreign Affairs "Mohammad Javad Zarif 75,859,000 990.2 13,053
 "Malaysia "Prime Minister "Najib Tun Razak "Minister of Foreign Affairs "Anifah Aman 28,731,000 447.3 15,568
 "Sri Lanka "President "Maithripala Sirisena "Minister of External Affairs "Mangala Samaraweera 20,541,000 116.5 5,674
Latin America
and the
 "Argentina "President "Mauricio Macri "Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Trade and Worship Jorge Faurie 43,417,000 816.4 17,516
 "Brazil "President "Michel Temer "Minister of External Relations "José Serra 205,338,000 3294.2 11,769
 "Chile "President "Michelle Bachelet "Minister of Foreign Affairs "Heraldo Muñoz 18,006,407 299.6 17,222
 "Jamaica "Prime Minister "Andrew Holness "Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade "Kamina Johnson-Smith 2,741,000 24.8 9,029
 "Mexico "President "Enrique Peña Nieto "Secretary of Foreign Affairs "José Antonio Meade Kuribreña 119,530,753 2999.6 14,610
 "Venezuela "President "Nicolás Maduro "Minister of Foreign Affairs "Delcy Rodríguez 31,416,000 374.1 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" Archived 2010-04-29 at the "Wayback Machine., G-15 website
  3. ^ PressTV Archived 2010-06-01 at the "Wayback Machine.: "Iran to Host G15 Summit." Archived 2012-06-06 at the "Wayback Machine. May 20, 2010.
  4. ^ G15 members Archived 2012-04-24 at the "Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ "Aims and Objectives" Archived 2010-04-29 at the "Wayback Machine. 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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