Archive for the ‘Uzbekistan’ Category

Central Asia’s Force Majeure Fears: COVID-19′s Impact On China’s Natural Gas Demands

Via Eurasia Review, a report on COVID-19′s impact on China’s demand for natural gas from Central Asia: China’s COVID-19 outbreak has seen Beijing’s demand for natural gas stutter, after years of breakneck expansion. In February, China’s natural gas demand was estimated to have fallen 17 percent year-on-year, and while there were some subsequent indications of recovery for liquefied natural […]

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The Greater Caspian Region: A New Silk Road, With or Without A New Belt

Via The Atlantic Council, an interesting look at Central Asia and the new Silk Road: With the signing of a US-Taliban peace agreement, now might be a good time to look ahead to how Afghanistan might strengthen its economic connectivity with both its neighbors and more distant markets. Now, there will be a 135-day period of […]

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Uzbekistan: The Hidden Gem In China’s New Silk Road

Via Forbes, a look at Uzbekistan: Uzbekistan may very well be the best under-the-radar investment story in the world today. But the transformation spearheaded by the country’s new president, Shavkat Mirziyoyev, from socialism to capitalism should put the $50 billion economy on investors radar screens. The country is famous for the ancient cities of Samarkand […]

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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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Uzbekistan’s Investment Bonanza

Via Eurasia Review, a report on Uzbekistan’s growing foreign investment: Investments in Uzbekistan saw a massive surge year-on-year in the first half of 2019, President Shavkat Mirziyoyev told a meeting of top officials on August 14, claiming the development as a vindication of his economic reform agenda.  According to a statement on the presidential website, Mirziyoyev stated that […]

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Uzbekistan: A Private Sector Affair

Via Eurasianet, a report on Uzbekistan where credit and access to hard currency are no longer problems, but the lack of experienced workers is causing businesses to be innovative: In Uzbekistan, the prosecutor has never been the businessman’s friend.  But Adham Mamatkulov, the owner of a factory in Kokand that produces duffel bags and backpacks, […]

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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.