Archive for the ‘Somalia’ Category

Your Next Big Vacation: Somaliland

Via Ozy, an interesting look at Somaliland: When Jama Muse first heard about the prehistoric cave paintings at Laas Geel some 20 or 30 years ago, he didn’t think anything of it. Old rock art is cool, of course, but nothing to get out of bed for. Then a group of French archaeologists trucked in, […]

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Why You Should Invest In Somalia

Via Frontera News, a look at the investment thesis for Somalia: Investing in Somalia might seem like a particularly crazy idea, after all the country is a byword for state failure and chaos. Civil war, piracy and terrorism have bedevilled the country for nearly 30 years and over time it has fragmented into several separate […]

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Somalia: Most-Failed State

Via The Economist, an updated look at Somalia: AT THE Coconut Beach Hotel, which opened last month, new guests are served coconut smoothies when they arrive. The rooms do indeed have a view of the ocean. What betrays where the hotel is, in Mogadishu, the war-torn capital of Somalia, are the two dozen guards in […]

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Doors Open to Foreign Banks in Somalia After Half-Century Absence

Via Bloomberg, a report on growing investor interest in Somalia: Kenyan banks are competing against lenders from Gulf nations seeking licenses to operate in Somalia as the strife-torn country opens up the industry to international companies for the first time in almost half a century. Somalia’s central bank has held talks with KCB Group Ltd., […]

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Somalia: Rising From The Ashes

Via the United Nations’ Africa Renewal magazine, an updated look at Somalia: These days Somalis reminisce about life before the war. With a sense of nostalgia they reflect on the carefree days of swimming, picnics and cinema; when children were in school, the economy was growing and business was booming, providing jobs for thousands of […]

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Mobile Money Transforming Somalia

Courtesy of Quartz, a look at the impact that mobile money is having in Somalia: Ahmed Farah Hassan no longer carries the tattered Somali shilling notes that were the currency of his war-torn country’s economy for years. At a gas station in Mogadishu recently, the 32-year-old filled up his car and then paid with a […]

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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.