Countries in the G20 are: Argentina, the United States, Germany, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Brazil, China, France, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, the Republic of Korea, South Africa, Turkey and Saudi Arabia. In addition to these 19 nations, the G20 contains the European Union, which breaks down into the European Commission and the European Central Bank. These members represent the 20 largest international economies; each year, representatives and bank officials from these nations and organizations convene for an annual meeting.
Nations in the G20 group have the largest established or developing economies. Together, they account for approximately 80 percent of the world's gross domestic product and 75 percent of the world's trade. Each year, an annual meeting of the G20 participants takes place to discuss economic issues. The location of this meeting changes, but it is usually hosted on a rotating basis by a member country. In the past, countries that have sponsored G20 meetings are Turkey, the U.S., the U.K., Korea, France, Russia, Mexico and Australia.
Member countries often invite representatives from non-member countries to participate in the G20 process. In past years, invitees have included Spain, Zimbabwe, Malaysia and Singapore. Representatives from these nations and other select counties can receive advice and share input to ensure the actions of the G20 reflect the best interests of the global community.