Uzbekistan: A Next Investors’ Darling?

Via BNE Intellinews, a look at Uzbekistan’s investment potential: Formerly one of the most closed economies in the world, Uzbekistan has seen sweeping changes over the past year. President Shavkat Mirziyoyev, who replaced his late predecessor Islam Karimov in December 2016, brought a wind of change. Many stifling regulations were abolished or loosened, relationships with neighbouring […]

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Capturing Africa’s High Returns

Via Project Syndicate, a look at how Africa’s expanding population and strong economic growth across globally competitive sectors could translate into especially high returns for 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 […]

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Digital Silk Road

Via OBOReurope, commentary on the digital Silk Road: Since the launching of  the BRI project in 2013, Chinese President Xi Jinping has insisted that the new silk roads would not be just about roads and railways, and that this programme would  also focus on telecommunications, fiber, e -commerce. This digital silk route also offers an […]

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China Needs A Win In Afghanistan To Keep Its Edge In Asian Trade

Via Forbes, a look at China’s investment interest in Afghanistan: China wants to help build infrastructure in poor, war-weary Afghanistan to further its regional economic expansion. Chinese economic relations with Pakistan offer a textbook case for what Beijing wants from other countries. The pair with a 523-kilometer (324-mile) long mountainous border hit it off in […]

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Malaysia, Congo, Chad Want To Join OPEC

Via Oil, a report on some new countries’ ambitions to join OPEC: Chad, Congo, and Malaysia are all lining up to join OPEC, Gabriel Mbaga Obiang Lima, the energy minister of the cartel’s newest member Equatorial Guinea, told Russian outlet Sputnik on the sidelines of the CERAWeek conference in Houston on Wednesday.  In Africa, countries like […]

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Turkmenistan’s Plan B: Electricity Exports

Via Times of Asia, a report on Turkmenistan’s plan to export power to augment its natural gas sales: As prospects to diversify, and increase, natural-gas exports remain uncertain and rather long-term, Turkmenistan is taking steps to increase the generation and export of electrical power — which would face obstacles as well. We are republishing this […]

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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.