Archive for the ‘Kazakhstan’ Category

Tokayev’s Kazakhstan

Via The Atlantic Council, detailed commentary on Kazakhstan under the new Presidency: Since Kassym-Jomart Tokayev assumed the presidency on March 20, Kazakhstan has taken a beating in the world press. And not without cause. Two days after the event, police shut down several unprecedented demonstrations in the capital. Over the following weeks several thousand young […]

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Tengiz: A Windswept Plain, a Sea of Oil and a Mountain of Money

Courtesy of The New York Times, a look at a Chevron-led joint venture among several energy companies that is spending billions of dollars in Kazakhstan to expand an oil field remarkable for its longevity, promise and risk: In a windswept land of salt flats and wild horses, investors are pouring money into one of the largest and most […]

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An Economic Roundabout: Can Central Asia Be Transformed Into An Automotive Hub?

Via Automotive Logistics, an article on Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan efforts to strengthen their supply bases to boost local production of cars and parts: Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan have ambitions to grow the automotive sector as they industrialise and modernise their economies, but, like most other emerging markets, they will be reliant on Korean and Chinese investors in […]

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Kazakhstan: A Lot Riding On Promise Of New Finance Center

Via Forbes, a report on Kazakhstan’s planned finance center: Kassym-Jomart Tokayev is the new president of Kazakhstan, and the country’s signature financial event, Astana Finance Days (AFD), is supposed to highlight this man’s vision of making this place a freer market than it was even a year ago. Last year, the four-day AFD brought in […]

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Frontier Markets: Rapid Growth Propelled by Reform

Via Hubbis, some interesting commentary from 15 gatekeepers, asset managers and CIOs during a private and off-the-record discussion on the development of frontier and MENA markets: The topics covered included the key reasons for investment in frontier markets, their high growth but low correlation to global equity markets, the rationale for alpha strategies and the sustainability of […]

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China’s Plan For Railway To Uzbekistan Is Transforming Central Asian Geopolitics

Via The Times of Central Asia, an interesting look at the impact that China’s planned railway to Uzbekistan is having upon Central Asia: China is competing with Russia for greater influence on Central Asia countries, using infrastructure and transport investment and projects to achieve that goal. We are republishing the following article on the issue, written by […]

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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.