Afghanistan: Prospects and Challenges to Regional Connectivity

Via The Diplomat, a look at Afghanistan’s regional connectivity ambitions: Afghanistan’s strategic location has for a long time been touted as a competitive advantage for the country. The National Unity Government (NUG) has emphasized that Afghanistan’s economy will be transformed and economic growth achieved if the country can utilize this advantage and turn itself into […]

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The Top Ten Fastest Growing Economies for 2019

Via The New Silk Road Monitor, a look at the top ten fastest growing economies in 2019: The IMF has just published its latest World Economic Outlook, including a downward revision to its earlier global growth forecasts for 2019 to 3.3%. So, where is the fast growth coming from? Africa mostly, but also South and Southeast […]

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China’s Plan For Railway To Uzbekistan Is Transforming Central Asian Geopolitics

Via The Times of Central Asia, an interesting look at the impact that China’s planned railway to Uzbekistan is having upon Central Asia: China is competing with Russia for greater influence on Central Asia countries, using infrastructure and transport investment and projects to achieve that goal. We are republishing the following article on the issue, written by […]

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Another Turkmen Pipe Mystery

Via Radio Free Europe, an interesting article on Turkmenistan: Turkmenistan has been purchasing a lot of pipeline segments for the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) natural-gas pipeline project lately. Which is interesting, because the head of the TAPI Pipeline Company said in February 2018 that the Turkmen section, which runs more than 200 kilometers, was completed. But in […]

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Facebook Looks To Build Underwater Ring Around Africa

Courtesy of The Wall Street Journal, an article on Facebook’s plan to give its European and Asian data centers a dedicated and reliable link to growing African markets: Facebook Inc. is circling Africa. Literally. The company is in talks to develop an underwater data cable that would encircle the continent, according to people familiar with the plans, […]

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Chinese Investment in Africa: Beyond Belt and Road

Courtesy of The Financial Times, a look at how – beyond the Belt and Road infrastructure projects – thousands of entrepreneurs from China are also setting up on the continent: Wilson Wu has big plans for the free trade zone he manages in Igbesa, a scruffy town in Ogun State, some 60km from the frenzy […]

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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.