Metals experts gathered in Lisbon this week for the annual meetings of the International Study Groups on nickel, lead, zinc and copper. The Goverment representatives from a large number of countries also participated in a joint seminar on "How Society Benefits from Mining and Metals Production".
These International Study Groups are autonomous, intergovernmental organizations established two decades ago and located in Lisbon, Portugal. Membership comprises of metal producing, using and trading countries.
Their main objectives are to collect and publish improved statistics on the relevant commodity markets (including production, usage or consumption, trade, stocks, prices and other statistics such as recycling) , with the aim of improving market transparency. They also publish other information, such as data on industry facilities and environmental regulations.
Metal commodity prices have been on a sharply rising trend, which some analysts call a "super-cycle" driven by the quantum jump in demand from rapidly industrializing countries, the so-called "China Pull".
See presentation by Mariana Abrantes de Sousa in http://www.insg.org/presents/Ms_Abrantes_Apr12.pdf
See the press release http://www.insg.org/docs/INSG_Press_Release_April_12.pdf
For lead and zinc, see http://www.ilzsg.org/, firstname.lastname@example.org