The chairman and host of the G-8 summit, Canadian President Jean Chretien, has vowed to make Africa a central focus of the annual meeting. In addition to discussing counter-terrorism and global trade, the G-8 partners, the United States, Britain, Canada, Italy, Japan, France, Germany, and Russia hope to build a new framework for African development.
President Chretien has invited five African heads of state to make their case for implementation of what is called the New Partnership for Africa's Development, or NEPAD. It was first introduced at last year's Summit in Italy.
This year's G-8 summit is expected to be different in tone and content from the one last year in Genoa, Italy. Meeting in a secluded resort town in Alberta, Canada, the leaders of the world's major industrial nations hope to escape the anti-globalization protests which marred the Genoa Summit.
As Carol Castiel reports in this edition of Dateline, the G-8 nations are preparing a place at the table for some of the world's poorest countries.