International Nickel Study Group
As the INSG is an intergovernmental organization, its members are governments of
nickel producing, consuming and trading countries or other intergovernmental organizations
responsible for implementing international agreements. Current membership comprises:
Costs and Obligations of INSG Membership:
Membership obligations include contributing to the
Group's operating costs, submitting statistics and other information as agreed by the
Group as a whole, and participating in meetings of the Group. The Secretariat already
receives data on nickel production, trade, stocks and apparent consumption from some
prospective members, although further improvements are always be welcomed.
The Group's annual budget is apportioned under a
formula whereby each member pays an equal share of 50 % of the budget, plus a share of the
remaining 50 % according to its importance in international nickel trade.
The INSG Terms of Reference allow for arrangements
to maintain contact with other intergovernmental organizations, non-governmental
organizations and private sector institutions. These may be invited to attend INSG
meetings either periodically or as permanent observers, and to cooperate in the exchange
of information on nickel. Observing organizations have no financial obligations to the
Group but are expected to reciprocate in inviting the INSG to certain of their own
meetings. Organizations that have permanent observer status with the INSG include the
Nickel Institute, Eurometaux, Eurofer and UNCTAD.
Countries and their governments cannot be designated permanent observers but may be
invited to observe a limited number of meetings.