Two nights ago, the Infrastructure Fairy visited my hotel room and sprinkled pixie dust over me as I slept, transforming me in to an expert in mining-related infrastructure in Mongolia. And just in time. The following day I found myself on a panel to discuss that topic at the Second Annual Mongolia-Asia Investment Forum, which was held in Beijing. We discussed the enormous need for infrastructure in Mongolia, the need for foreign investment, the importance of developing local capacity and skills, and other related topics.
There was a degree of terror involved, but several friends and colleagues provided me with relevant information, and apparently I've absorbed some knowledge of the subject just by being on the ground. The terror passed as soon as the discussion started, and to my surprise, I enjoyed it.