Archive for January, 2022

Asia’s Coffee Revolution: From Indonesia to Vietnam

Via Nikkei Asia, a report on Asia’s coffee revolution: Not a day goes by without a cup of coffee for Leo Hao, a native of Shanxi Province in China now working in Shanghai. The branding executive used to drink tea but switched to coffee in 2013 under the influence of his then-girlfriend, who is now […]

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By 2050, 25% of World’s Population Will Be African

Via The Guardian, a report on how Africa’s unprecedented population growth will impact geopolitics, global trade, migration and almost every aspect of life: In 2022 the world’s population will pass 8 billion. It has increased by a third in just two decades. By 2050, there will be about 9.5 billion of us on the planet, according […]

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Facebook Promised Poor Countries Free Internet, But People Got Charged Anyway

Courtesy of The Wall Street Journal, an article on how Facebook’s global program, designed to boost growth outside the U.S., leads to unexpected data costs: Facebook FB -1.98% says it’s helping millions of the world’s poorest people get online through apps and services that allow them to use internet data free. Internal company documents show that many of these […]

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Fraud, Funding Woes and a President Who Won’t Quit: El Salvador’s Bitcoin Experiment

Via BlockWorks, a report on El Salvador’s bitcoin experiment: Four months after bitcoin became legal tender, El Salvador citizens and businesses are taking longer to adjust than the president would like From a rocky economic situation to a troublesome crypto wallet, the country has faced challenges in getting the bitcoin program up and running At […]

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African Roses Are U.S.-Bound as Ethiopian Growers Go Global

Via Bloomberg, a slightly dated but interesting look at Ethiopia’s move into the global cut flower market: Ethiopia’s burgeoning flower-growing industry is setting its sights on the U.S. in a bid to break the dominance of Latin American producers in supplying roses and other blooms to the world’s largest economy. State-owned Ethiopian Airlines Enterprise is evaluating freighter […]

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Iran to Become Key Player in Energy Market in Coming Year

Via Shana Petro Information Network, commentary on Iran’s energy ambitions in 2022: The head of the Planning and Budget Organization said: “Iran, having the largest oil and gas reserves, will be one of the key players in the energy market in the coming years.” According to the Planning and Budget Organization, Seyed Massoud Mirkazemi met […]

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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.