Archive for the ‘Afghanistan’ Category

Uzbekistan Focused on Developing Trade with Afghanistan

Via The Diplomat, a look at Tashkent’s efforts to increase trade cooperation with Afghanistan: Tashkent is set to become a dominant trade partner to Afghanistan as the two sides continue to negotiate on major projects. Uzbekistan has focused on fostering trade relations both globally and regionally. Tashkent has chased and negotiated various trade opportunities, and one […]

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Afghan-Uzbek Trade

Via The Diplomat, a report on how – with new initiatives and new infrastructure – trade can plays a dominant role in bilateral relations between Tashkent and Kabul: In May 2019, Tashkent launched an Afghanistan-Uzbekistan trade zone that will function within the Termez Cargo Center terminal at the Afghan-Uzbekistan border. The trade zone promises expedited handling of […]

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Afghanistan: Prospects and Challenges to Regional Connectivity

Via The Diplomat, a look at Afghanistan’s regional connectivity ambitions: Afghanistan’s strategic location has for a long time been touted as a competitive advantage for the country. The National Unity Government (NUG) has emphasized that Afghanistan’s economy will be transformed and economic growth achieved if the country can utilize this advantage and turn itself into […]

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The Story Behind China’s Long-Stalled Mine in Afghanistan

Via The Diplomat, the story behind China’s long-stalled mine in Afghanistan where – nine years after Chinese companies took control of Mes Aynak – copper extraction has yet to start: One-third of the Afghan population lives below the poverty line (earning less than $2 a day) and a further 50 percent are barely above this […]

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Afghanistan’s “Sneakernet”

Via New York Magazine, an interesting look at Afghanistan’s offline marketplace of digital content — the “Sneakernet”: At a dusty street market in Kandahar, Afghanistan, Aziz is shopping for digital files: games, music, videos, ghazals (recitations of love poetry), and naat (anthems praising the Prophet Muhammad), to add to his already extensive mobile entertainment collection. When he makes […]

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Copper, Gold Deals in Afghanistan

Via The Wall Street Journal, a report on Afghanistan’s renewed efforts to start exploration in stalled mining projects: The Trump administration’s push to help extract Afghanistan’s vast mineral wealth has helped relaunch two stalled mining projects in the country involving a high-profile investment banker. Ian Hannam, a former JPMorgan Chase & Co. banker who served for decades in […]

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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.