IMF boss Dominique Strauss-Kahn on 'life or death' crisis
Gordon Brown is to meet African leaders on Monday to discuss their concerns over how their economies have been affected by the global downturn.
The Prime Minister will chair the G20 global summit in April which aims to tackle the world slowdown.
Only one African country, South Africa, is taking part in the leaders' summit.
The news was announced as African finance ministers met in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania to discuss how Africa should respond to the crisis.
Nemat Sharik, the permanent secretary of the UK's department for international development, told the BBC at the meeting that Mr Brown would meet African leaders on 16 March "to discuss the developing world's concern over the effects of the recession" ahead of the G20 summit.
CRUNCH TIME FOR AFRICA
World leaders will meet next month in London to discuss measures to tackle the downturn. Click here for
our in-depth guide
to the G20 summit.
Only one African country will be represented at summit - South Africa
This week BBC World News and World Service Radio will be examining how Africa is coping with the crisis, with reports from around the continent
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