Archive for the ‘Kazakhstan’ Category

Can China Turn the Middle of Nowhere Into the Center of the World Economy?

Courtesy of The New York Times, an article on Kazakhstan’s Khorgos Gateway, a dry port where goods can be transferred among the trains crisscrossing Asia and Europe, which China believes is the next foothold in its trillion-dollar campaign to transform global infrastructure: The Eurasian Pole of Inaccessibility is a striking name for an absence. It is […]

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Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan Seek Greater Investment

Via The Diplomat, an article on how leaders of Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan have both ordered their officials to attract foreign investment: The presidents of Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan both want greater foreign investment to maintain economic stability and growth in their countries. Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev’s call for increased foreign investments was akin to announcing a […]

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Goldman Sachs Follows China Into Kazakhstan

Via Forbes, a report on Goldman Sachs’ bet on a new securities exchange as Kazakhstan follows China’s path to opening up its economy: It’s not for the long freezing winters or the haute cuisine, but Goldman Sachs is heading to Astana, the capital of the ex-Soviet republic of Kazakhstan. Goldman announced on October 1 that it […]

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India’s Economic Opportunities In Central Asia

Via the Institute for Defence Studies and Analysis, a report looking at India’s economic opportunities in Central Asia: Shavkat Mirziyoyev, the new President of Uzbekistan, will pay a visit to New Delhi towards the end of this month, seemingly to give yet another shot for cementing strong economic ties with India. For the last two […]

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Why Central Asia Is Betting on China’s Belt and Road

Via The Diplomat, commentary on why Central Asian countries are betting on the BRI for long-term benefits, despite the apparent risks: The transfer of Hambantota deep-water port in Sri Lanka to China through 2116 set off alarm bells across Asia. Those already warning that China’s ambitious infrastructure development project, the Belt Road Initiative (BRI), was […]

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Settling Caspian Issues and Realizing the Trans-Caspian Energy Corridor

Via The Diplomat, an article on Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan’s aims to diversify their energy export markets: The recent announcement that Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev signed a decree on June 21 approving the a draft convention on the legal status of the Caspian Sea appears to generate new possibilities for Central Asian energy producers. The lack, to […]

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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.