Archive for the ‘Egypt’ Category

Five Significant MENA Belt And Road Projects

Via Silk Road Briefing, a look at some significant MENA-based BRI projects: The MENA region – the Middle-East and North Africa – has also been targeted as part of Beijing’s Belt & Road Initiative, with greater interconnectivity and supply chains to much needed oil and gas reserves being put in place. The MENA region has vast […]

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Egypt’s Economic Pivot Takes Shape as Army Firms Up for Sale

Via Bloomberg, an article on Egypt’s decision to sell three more army-held companies in 2021: Egypt is considering selling ownership in three more army-held companies in 2021, a potentially historic opening of part of the economy to much-sought-after private investment. The chief executive officer of Egypt’s sovereign wealth fund, Ayman Soliman, said studies are under […]

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The Chronic Underperformance of Egypt’s Military Economy

Via the Carnegie Middle East Center, a look at how the Egyptian military’s involvement in the economy has come at a high cost, contributing to underperformance in development: The historical pattern of Egypt’s development model puts the military at the center as economic savior. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi did not invent the military’s fixation […]

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Egypt’s Golden Triangle

Via Al Monitor, a look at how Egypt is currently developing the Golden Triangle area, which was recently designated as the richest in iron, copper, gold and phosphate minerals: The Egyptian government has recently described the Golden Triangle as one of the richest economic areas in Egypt given its large mineral reserves. The Golden Triangle lies in Abu […]

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Twilight of Petrostates

Via The Economist, an article on the impact of the demise of easy oil money: Their budgets don’t add up anymore. Algeria needs the price of Brent crude, an international benchmark for oil, to rise to $157 dollars a barrel. Oman needs it to hit $87. No Arab oil producer, save tiny Qatar, can balance […]

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Egypt’s Cratering Economy

Via The Economist, a report on Egypt’s economy: There was never much chance of social distancing in Cairo, a city more populous than most countries. Buses fill to overflowing, passengers dangling out of open doors. Millions live in informal settlements with streets barely wide enough for a sedan. And indeed, unlike many other Arab countries, […]

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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.