Namibia: The New Commercial Gateway To Southern Africa?

Via Ozy, an interesting look at Namibia: The quaint town of Swakopmund is Namibia’s fastest-growing tourist destination. Visitors flock here to experience the incongruity of German colonial buildings on the edge of an African desert, the allure of the treacherous Skeleton Coast and the promise of seeing 1,500-year-old welwitschias growing in the so-called Moon Landscape. […]

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From War Room To Boardroom In Egypt

Via Reuters, an interesting look at how – in the four years since former armed forces chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi became Egypt’s president – companies owned by the military have gone from strength to strength: In a four-decade military career, Osama Abdel Meguid served in the first Gulf War and was an assistant military attaché […]

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Iran’s Telcos

Via The Iran Project, an overview of Iran’s telecommunications sector: Iran’s ICT Minister Mohammad Javad Azari-Jahromi participated in the conferences giving speeches and outlining state programs for expansion of the information and communications sector, the ministry’s website reported. World Information Society Day celebrated on May 17, was proclaimed by a United Nations General Assembly resolution, […]

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Could Gabon Be At Forefront of Africa’s Next (Palm) Oil Boom?

Via Ozy, an article on Gabon’s palm oil potential: Sitting on the terrace of his presidential palace overseeing Libreville’s beachfront avenue, Ali Bongo contemplates the growth of Gabon’s capital. “Everything you see today wasn’t here 10 years ago,” says Gabon’s 59-year-old president, sporting a perfectly tailored camel suit and a gleaming Rolex watch. Libreville’s expansion has been […]

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Central Asia Opens the Door to Afghanistan

Via The Diplomat, a report on Central Asia’s efforts to actively engage Afghanistan on several fronts: The Central Asia states are redrawing the boundary of their region, so the cartographers will have to run to keep up. “Central Asia” as a defined place of states and borders is a recent idea, dating to the immediate post-Soviet […]

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North Korea Border Town Is Now China’s Hottest Property Market

Via Bloomberg, an article looking at how Dandong’s new-home sales are surging amid Kim’s surprise peace embrace: A North Korea border town has suddenly become China’s new hot property market, as Kim Jong Un’s embrace of peace sparks a buying frenzy. New home sales in Dandong, which sits across the Yalu River from North Korea and […]

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Wildcats & Black Sheep is a personal interest blog dedicated to the identification and evaluation of maverick investment opportunities arising in frontier - and, what some may consider to be, “rogue” or “black sheep” - markets around the world.

Focusing primarily on The New Seven Sisters - the largely state owned petroleum companies from the emerging world that have become key players in the oil & gas industry as identified by Carola Hoyos, Chief Energy Correspondent for The Financial Times - but spanning other nascent opportunities around the globe that may hold potential in the years ahead, Wildcats & Black Sheep is a place for the adventurous to contemplate & evaluate the emerging markets of tomorrow.