Archive for the ‘Kazakhstan’ Category

Agriculture: The New “Black Gold” of Kazakhstan

Via Development Bank of Kazakhstan, commentary on Kazakhstan’s agricultural potential: The lack of quality food is now seen as the main impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The alarm is sounded not only by WHO and WTO experts, but also by the leaders of world powers such as China. According to them, restrictive measures on food […]

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Kazakhstan: Economy In Transition

Via Global Finance, an article on how Kazakhstan’s evolution to a market economy hinges on diversifying away from oil and gas, with a lift from FDI: Kazakhstan occupies a position halfway between two systems, says Yerlik Karazhan, an independent economic analyst in Nur-Sultan, the nation’s capital. No longer a Soviet-style command economy, “We’re definitely going […]

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Whose Belt and Road Is It Anyway?

Via Eurasianet, a look at a loss-making Tajik company behind a mysterious Belt and Road investment: Darvoz, in Tajikistan, is a province of dusky canyons and snowy peaks, villages perched across the river from Afghanistan. Terraces turn brilliant shades of green in summer with water channeled from above. Far from Dushanbe in hours and attitudes, Darvoz […]

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Pandemic Slows Central Asia’s Gas Exports to China

Via The Diplomat, an article on COVID’s impact on exports of natural gas from Central Asia to China: Natural gas exports from the Central Asian republics began to see major drops as a result of the global economic slowdown in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. China, the main buyer of natural gas from Kazakhstan, […]

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Central Asian Gas Exports to China: Beijing’s Latest Bargaining Chip?

Via The Foreign Policy Research Institute, commentary on how China is using its natural gas purchases to influence Central Asia: Natural gas supplies to the People’s Republic of China have helped drive Central Asia’s economic growth for the last decade. For no country is this more true than for Turkmenistan: over 90 percent of Turkmenistan’s […]

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Central Asian Nations Want To Kick-Start The BRI

Via the Lowy Institute, an article on how Central Asia’s economic fortunes are increasingly bound to Beijing: For China, the Covid-19 question is answered by more Belt and Road. As Foreign Minister Wang Yi put it at a press conference during the 13th National People’s Congress in Beijing last weekend: The impact of Covid-19 on the Belt and […]

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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.