Trouble Brewing In the DRC?

Via The Economist, an interesting article on the business of beer in the DRC: THE Bralima brewery in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), is an island of modernity in a city where chaos is the norm. Inside a building near the docks where barges begin the journey up the Congo river, […]

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Caspian Games: Central Asian ‘Stans’ Vie For Connectivity Market

Via The Asia Times, a report on what some have referred to as ’Pipelineistan’, but with its Belt and Road Initiative, China is set to be the top game-changer: Azerbaijan held a presidential election this month. Predictably, incumbent leader Ilham Aliyev won his fourth consecutive term with a Kim dynasty-esque 86% of the votes. International monitors […]

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Indonesian State Companies Scramble For Africa

Courtesy of The Financial Times, an article on recent deals by Garuda and Wijaya Karya which signal increasing south-east Asian influence in Africa: There were smiles from the African delegates gathered on April 10 for the Indonesia Africa Forum in Bali as Indonesian company executives signed a series of Africa-related business deals. The agreements not […]

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Connecting Asia: Uzbekistan Looks to Capitalize on Central Asia’s Transport Potential

Via The Diplomat, a look at how Uzbekistan – with new rail projects -  is contributing to the development of transport and trade in Central and South Asia: One of the priorities of Uzbekistan’s foreign policy is the implementation of strategically important projects in the development of transport and communication infrastructure of Uzbekistan and Central […]

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Africa: Turning Investors’ Heads

Via the World Economic Forum, a look at why Africa is turning the heads of investors: Since 2000, at least half of the world’s fastest-growing economies have been in Africa. And by 2030, Africa will be home to 1.7 billion people, whose combined consumer and business spending will total $6.7 trillion. Seven years ago, the […]

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Central Asia: Refocusing Economic Links Towards China Instead of Russia

Courtesy of STRATFOR (subscription required), a look at how Central Asia has restructured its economic links over the past decade, as China has outpaced Russia in the region on trade, investment and infrastructure development: Central Asia has undergone a significant economic transformation in recent years as trade and investment in the region have shifted away from […]

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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.