The development of quality projects was right at the top of what, in retrospect, looked a pretty ambitious list.
I love seeing a well-run mine, but the transition from exploration to development, for me, is the most important.
It is the time when geology, engineering, economics, environmental planning, social responsibility and a whole host of other disciplines combine to build an operation that hopefully delivers for all stakeholders.
Avid readers of Mining Journal will be tired of us banging on about the lack of such projects - we started way before prices began rising and the majority of the market started taking the future supply shortfall seriously.
Instead of continuing to moan and hope the situation improves on its own, we are doing something about it.
The launch of the Mining Journal Intelligence database and the Mining Journal 30
event is our way of tackling the problem.
The database focuses on the ‘quality' projects in the precious metals, copper and energy minerals space: those that deserve to find funding and have a management team with the ability to develop the asset in question.
Armed with this exclusive database, Mining Journal 30 takes it a step further.
The event, taking place in London on June 26-27, will showcase 30 of these quality projects, providing a platform for companies to present to a highly-qualified audience of the most influential institutional and retail investors.
Both the Mining Journal Intelligence database and the Mining Journal 30 event will separate the industry wheat from the chaff, connecting investors with the projects that matter.
The aim is to ensure these projects move forward, yet it is also designed to show investors, junior miners and analysts what a quality project able to make money over the long term looks like in the flesh.
You'll hear plenty more about both in the next few months but, if you want information on either, please feel free to get in touch with me at firstname.lastname@example.org