Archive for November, 2017

China’s Belt and Road Sparks Battle Of The Breadbaskets

Via Asian Review, an interesting look at the impact of the BRI’s new infrastructure on ex-Soviet grain exporters: China’s regionwide infrastructure drive is quickly proving to be a game changer in the grain trade. The shift in the landscape was apparent when the Kazakh agriculture minister visited Beijing earlier this month. ”Kazakhstan is willing to work […]

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China: Striving To Boost Energy Imports From Turkmenistan

Via Eurasianet.org, a report on China’s efforts to boost energy imports from Turkmenistan: China is expected to be a major presence at the 28th meeting of the Energy Charter Conference, scheduled to be held in the Turkmen capital Ashgabat on November 28-29. Chinese officials are looking to catalyze efforts to secure larger volumes of energy […]

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Russian Billionaire’s Bank Bets on Egypt as Mideast Risk Rises

Via Bloomberg, an article on Renaissance Capital’s long-term bet on Egypt even as tensions in the region are on the rise: Renaissance Capital, the investment bank owned by Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov, is taking a long-term bet on Egypt even as tensions in the region are on the rise. “A lot of the global investment […]

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Turkmenistan: Iran, Saudis Dangle Exits From Energy Cul-de-Sac

Via Times of Central Asia, a report on Ashgabat’s efforts to diversify its gas exports and find investors in its hydrocarbon projects: Turkmenistan possesses huge natural-gas reserves but for now has only one buyer of its gas — China. As the Turkmen economy is experiencing a downturn caused by low gas prices in the world market, […]

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Empresa Polar: Feeding Venezuela’s Hungry Masses

Via Ozy, a report on He’s one of Latin America’s most private billionaires. But as Venezuela lurches through the worst economic, social and political crisis in its history, he’s also become something of a Han Solo figure, called on by the famished masses to fight for them. Lorenzo Mendoza, 52, doesn’t exactly come off as […]

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China and Central Asia

Via New Eastern Outlook, a look at China’s evolving relationship with Central Asia: As the centre of global development shifts towards the Asian Pacific Region, the geopolitical importance of Central Asia on the Eurasian continent has only been increasing. China and this extremely vast region, which is rich in various mineral resources, are closely linked both […]

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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.