The Global Approach To Mineral Problems — A Scramble For Market Share

CIM Bulletin, Vol. 71, No. 797, 1978

C. J. Cajka, Mineral Policy Sector, Minerals and Metals Division, Department of Energy, Mines and Resources, Ottawa

Commodity agreements, trade liberalization, producer cartels, the New International Economic Order, price stabilization and access to supply are buzz words of the day. The international concern and dialogue on these concepts, often by a new breed of politically motivated experts, have generated intense interest in seeking an international solution to natural resource problems. While this momentum was maintained during the past year, the growing incidence of protectionist actions by several major nations has been eroding confidence in the global approach. The seriousness of current difficulties has created an urgent need for decisive action. At the same time, the limitations of the global approach have become more evident.
Keywords: Mineral production, Markets, Copper, Zinc, Lead, Aluminum, Nickel, Iron ore, Asbestos, Trade.