Archive for the ‘Countries’ Category

China-Laos Railway

Via South China Morning Post, an article on a new China-Laos railway that some believe is an important piece in the greater prize of infrastructure access to Southeast Asia: In southwestern China’s Yunnan province, there is great fanfare around the  construction of a mega-railway link to neighbouring  Laos, Southeast Asia’s only landlocked country and one of its least developed. […]

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Bangladesh Is Becoming South Asia’s Economic Bull Case

Via The Wall Street Journal, an article on Bangladesh: Bangladesh achieved an economic landmark last week, when the United Nations’ Committee for Development Policy recommended that the country graduate from the least-developed-country categorization that it has held for most of the 50 years since it became independent. Bangladesh is notable in South Asia for being […]

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How U.S. Can Asymmetrically Out-Compete China’s BRI

Via War On The Rocks, commentary on  an asymmetric U.S. foreign assistance strategy that draws on its natural strengths: Beijing’s One Belt One Road project is an aggressive attempt to expand Chinese influence in the Indo-Pacific. Indeed, Chinese President Xi Jinping calls it “a project of the century.” But for Washington to respond head-on, trying to match it […]

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Chinese BRI Investment Isn’t All Bad—or Good

Courtesy of Foreign Policy, commentary on how – as Sri Lanka shows – when it comes to Chinese debt, small states have agency and great powers have responsibilities: In the last few years, the question of whether China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is predatory has been ripe for debate, with some arguing the loans Beijing […]

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China’s African Belt & Road Initiative May Not Be What You Think It Is

Via Silk Road Briefing, an OpEd on China’s Belt and Road Initiative: China’s moves into Africa are in fact a great case study into how the Belt & Road Initiative actually works. While most of the media commentary has been on the infrastructure, there is rather a lot more at play. In this article, I […]

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Qataris Invited To Explore Investment Opportunities In Uzbekistan

Via The Peninsula, an article on an invitation to Qatari businessmen to explore investment opportunities in Uzbekistan: Deputy Foreign Minister of Uzbekistan H E Furqat Sidikov has invited Qatari businessmen and investors to invest in his country which is replete with plenty of opportunities in several sectors such as energy, agriculture, tourism, and infrastructure. This […]

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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.