Uzbekistan’s Investment Bonanza

Via Eurasia Review, a report on Uzbekistan’s growing foreign investment: Investments in Uzbekistan saw a massive surge year-on-year in the first half of 2019, President Shavkat Mirziyoyev told a meeting of top officials on August 14, claiming the development as a vindication of his economic reform agenda.  According to a statement on the presidential website, Mirziyoyev stated that […]

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Follow the Digital Silk Road

Courtesy of STRATFOR (subscription required), commentary on the digital Silk Road: Southeast Asia is home to many of China’s most high-profile Belt and Road Initiative projects, including Kyaukpyu port in Myanmar, a high-speed railway in northern Laos and now stalled rail and pipeline projects in Malaysia. While these physical infrastructure projects have attracted widespread attention, […]

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Cracking Frontier Markets

Via Harvard Business Review, an article on entering frontier markets where success lies in creating new markets that serve the billions of nonconsumers unable to find a product or service to help them solve an important problem: When a movie is released straight to video, it’s usually a bad sign: Early reviews were negative, the quality […]

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Dialing Up Profits In Dangerous Areas

Via Wall Street Journal, an interesting look at the success – and trouble - South Africa’s MTN has found working in some of the world’s most unstable regions: Working in some of the world’s most dangerous countries like South Sudan and Syria has made telecommunications provider MTN Group Ltd. MTNOY -3.51%bigger by some measures than its U.S. counterparts, but it […]

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Pakistan Struggles To Capitalize On A Golden Opportunity In Balochistan

Courtesy of STRATFOR (subscription required), a detailed look at Blochistan: Until Pakistan and the Tethyan Copper Co. settle their dispute, development of the country’s Reko Diq gold and copper mine will languish, leaving a potentially abundant revenue stream dry. Growing foreign investment in the sector will heighten the need for an effective dispute resolution mechanism. Unless […]

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PNG’s Faltering Economic Recovery

Via the DevPolicy Blog, a look at Papua New Guinea’s economic challenges: According to World Bank data, Papua New Guinea is the tenth most resource intensive economy in the world. Using its measure of underground resource rents (profits from oil, gas, coal and minerals) as a percentage of GDP, out of 205 countries PNG comes […]

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About This Blog
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.