G20 invitation list grows

Prime Minister Stephen Harper has announced that Canada has extended invitations to the leaders of Ethiopia, Malawi, the Netherlands, Spain and Vietnam to attend the G20 summit in Toronto next month.

Ethiopia and Malawi welcome as first-time attendees: Harper

Prime Minister Stephen Harper has announced that Canada has extended invitations to the leaders of Ethiopia, Malawi, the Netherlands, Spain and Vietnam to attend the G20 summit in Toronto next month.

It's common for countries that are not members of the Group of 20 to be invited to the meetings, but these are the first invitations for Ethiopia and Malawi.

The Netherlands and Spain are frequent attendees, although they are not G20 countries, but instead are represented by the European Union.

Malawi is current head of the African Union, while Vietnam is head of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

Harper's office announced the new invitees after the prime minister arrived in Berlin to mark the 65th anniversary of Germany’s surrender to Allied forces, ending the Second World War in Europe. Germany was Harper's final stop in a four-nation, five-day European tour.

The G20 includes the EU and 19 countries — Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Republic of Korea, Turkey, United Kingdom and United States of America.

G20 economies together account for 90 per cent of global output, 80 per cent of world trade and two-thirds of the world's population.

The G20 summit is being held June 26-27 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. It's being held in conjunction with the G8 summit in Huntsville, Ont., June 25-26.

The Prime Minister's Office said officials will be working to ensure recovery of the global economy and restore jobs around the world.