Archive for February, 2021

Competing with China’s Digital Silk Road

Via The Center for Strategic International Studies (CSIS), commentary on China’s Digital Silk Road: Former U.S. secretary of state Dean Acheson’s call to create “situations of strength” is reemerging as a compass for U.S. foreign policy. But that phrase also aptly describes the challenge that China’s global economic activities present, especially in developing and emerging […]

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Chinese Power Loans Fueling A Debt Trap In Pakistan

Via Asia Times, an article on how Chinese power loans are fueling a debt trap in Pakistan: Pakistan is the latest nation struggling to repay Chinese loans extended under the Belt and Road Initiative, with indications emerging that Islamabad will soon seek to reschedule as much as $22 billion in outstanding power sector credits. In recent […]

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Striking Oil Is No Antidote for What Ails Cambodia’s COVID-hit Economy

Via Geopolitical Monitor, an article on the potential impact that an oil discovery will have upon Cambodia’s economy: In the final days of 2020, Cambodia extracted its first crude oil from the Apsara field, 110 nautical miles off the coast of Preah Sihanouk province in the Gulf of Thailand. After years of delays, Prime Minister […]

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Uzbekistan Prioritizes Pakistani Over Iranian Ports

Courtesy of The Diplomat, a report on how Tashkent – in an effort to access seaports at lower costs and shorter distances – may look to Pakistani ports as the answer: Tashkent has been working on creating shorter and cheaper transportation corridors to access seaports since the country’s independence. On February 2, the first trilateral talks […]

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Oil Company OMV Petrom Leaves Kazakhstan

Via The Diplomat, an article on the decision of another investor to leave Kazakhstan, highlighting the worsening business climate: At the end of December, OMV Petrom sold its assets in Kazakhstan, marking the exit of yet another investor from the Central Asian country, which is still embattled in court spats with other foreign entities. The sale […]

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China Looks To Buy Telecoms Assets In The Pacific islands

Via the South China Morning Post, an article on how providing telecommunications services is part of China’s growing interest in developing an economic and strategic presence in the South Pacific: When reports first emerged last year that China Mobile – the country’s largest state-owned telecoms company – was keen to buy Digicel, the biggest mobile carrier in […]

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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.