It is not just the G8 which is focusing on fair trade and debt cancellation. Those issues are also high on the agenda of the African Union. The organisation is meeting in Libya and it is expected member states will agree on a message to send to the G8 group of the rich nations. They begin their own summit in Scotland on Wednesday.
It is thought the AU will support a British-backed motion for more aid for Africa to be discussed at the G8 conference. World leaders including EU Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso and the UN Secretary General Kofi Annan are attending the AU gathering. They are keen to hear what delegates have to say about war and democracy on the continent. There was no mention on the agenda of Zimbabwe. The AU has previously avoided discussing the regime of President Robert Mugabe.