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North Africa

Via his blog, here are Mark Mobius’ interesting thoughts on North Africa’s investment potential: “…most international sanctions against the country [Libya] were lifted in 2004, and in 2006, the U.S. removed Libya from its state-sponsored terrorism list on which Libya had stayed for 27 years. Since then, Libya has attracted a wave of interest from […]

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Bullish On Africa In The China Shop…

Via Energy Daily, an update on China’s energy “shopping spree” in Africa.  As the article notes: China’s oil companies, buoyed by the country’s foreign exchange reserves that now top $2 trillion for the first time, are on another buying spree in Africa, further challenging the century-long domination of the continent’s mineral wealth by Europe’s great […]

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Go, Go, GOPEC…

Via The Financial Times, a report on the recent meeting of gas exporting countries during which ministers meeting in Moscow transformed what had been an occasional talking shop into a formal body with a permanent secretariat.  While, for now, Russia is probably right that “GOPEC” cannot control output and prices, (unlike oil, natural gas relies […]

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Renewed EU Support for A Trans-Saharan Pipeline

Courtesy of The Financial Times, an interesting article on the EU’s recent offers of financial and political backing to Nigeria for a €15bn ($21bn, £12bn) trans-Saharan pipeline to pump its gas directly to Europe.  As the report notes: “…Renewed European interest in the project comes against a backdrop of mounting fears that Gazprom, the Russian […]

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Iran, Algeria to Discuss OPEC-style Gas Group

As reported by Reuters, Iran and Algeria are expected to discuss the formation of an OPEC-style gas group during a visit by  Algerian president Abdelaziz Bouteflika to Tehran.  As the article notes: “… Iran wants to turn the previously toothless Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF) into a more formal organization akin to the Organization of […]

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Russia’s Chess Match in The Middle East & North Africa

From The National, an interesting analysis of Russia’s recent diplomatic and trade activities in the Middle East and North Africa in a bid to enhance its geopolitical clout and gain access to, and at least partial control over, the region’s oil and gas reserves.  As the article notes: “…Among the former global superpower’s tactics: linking […]

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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.