African nations call for G-20 support

Top African finance officials urged wealthy nations Wednesday to help their continent during this weekend's Group of 20 crisis summit, vowing on their part to boost economic reforms and national cash reserves. Leaders of 20 major economies will meet in Washington on Saturday to find solutions to the global financial crisis, but South Africa is the only African nation invited. Jean Ping, the president of the African Union, described Tunisia's gathering of some 30 African government ministers and heads of national banks as an urgent call to make sure the continent isn't forgotten as richer nations reconsider the world financial framework. Ping expressed regret that Africans "weren't really invited to the summit ... though it will be deciding the world's future."