Organs and Functions

ORGANS AND FUNCTIONS Summit of Heads of State and Government

Summits are held biennially; the venue is rotated among the three developing regions of the South (Africa, Asia, and Latin America and the Caribbean). Summit Meetings have been held in Kuala Lumpur 1990, Caracas 1991, Dakar 1992, New Delhi 1994, Buenos Aires 1995, Harare 1996, Kuala Lumpur 1997, Cairo 1998, Montego Bay (Jamaica) 1999, Cairo 2000, Jakarta 2001, Caracas 2004, Havana 2006 and Tehran 2010. The 15th Summit of the Group is planned in Sri Lanka.

Ministers of Foreign Affairs

G-15 Ministers of Foreign Affairs usually meet once a year on the margins of the UN General Assembly in New York to prepare for the Summit and to coordinate the work of the Group and approve the Budget for the coming year.

Steering Committee (TROIKA)

A Steering Committee (TROIKA) comprising Foreign Ministers from the preceding, present and future Summit host countries is responsible for overseeing and coordinating the work of the G-15. The Troika Foreign Ministers are assisted in the coordination of the Group’s activities by the Troika Personal Representatives of Heads of State and Government (PRs) in Geneva. For fuller geographical representation, the current Troika membership comprises Sri Lanka, the Islamic Republic of Iran, Kenya and Brazil.

Personal Representatives of Heads of State and Government

Each member country is represented by a Personal Representative of its Head of State and Government (PR). The day-to-day work of the G-15 is supervised by the PRs who meet regularly in Geneva. The present Chairperson of the Personal Representatives is Ambassador Ravinatha Aryasinha, Personal Representative of the President of the Socialist Democratic Republic of Sri Lanka.

Working Group of Sectoral Cooperation (WGSC)

The Working Group of Sectoral Cooperation was established in 2010, following the adoption of the recommendations of the High-level Task Force, comprising experts from the Permanent Missions of the G-15 member countries in Geneva to inter alia, review the status of implementation of the existing G-15 initiatives, examine new areas of sectoral cooperation, consult on Joint Statements at international fora and monitor, evaluate and guide the implementation of projects. The present Chairperson of the WGSC is Mr. Mohamed I. Nasr, Counsellor (Permanent Mission of Egypt).

Federation of Chambers of Commerce, Industry and Services (FCCIS)

The Federation of Chambers of Commerce, Industry and Services is a private sector forum of G-15 member countries whose purpose is to coordinate and maximize efforts which promote business, economic development and joint investment in G-15 countries.

Technical Support Facility (TSF)

The G-15 is assisted by a Technical Support Facility (TSF), located in Geneva. The TSF works under the guidance of the Chairman for the current year and is responsible for giving substantive and technical secretariat support for the activities of the Group and for promoting its objectives. The current Head of Office is Mr. Gihan Indraguptha (Sri Lanka).