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Africa: The Last Frontier For Global Growth?

Via Project Syndicate, a report on Africa’s potential which - if the continent sustains and accelerates structural reforms over the next half-century – some believe can emulate China’s rapid rise of the last 50 years: Africa today accounts for around 17% of the world’s population, but only about 3% of global GDP. These statistics not only […]

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How Chinese Financing is Fueling Megaprojects Around the World

Via The Visual Capitalist, a look at how Chinese financing is fueling large scale projects worldwide: On a mountaintop a few miles north of the bustling streets of Harare, Zimbabwe, a curving, modern complex is beginning to take shape. This building, once completed, will be the home of the African country’s parliament, and the centerpiece […]

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Namibia: Petroleum Investors’ New ‘Land of the Brave’?

Via Eurasia Review, a look at Namibia’s hydrocarbon potential and comparative positioning with Angola and Nigeria: Nigeria has long been known for its oil riches. Angola has too, but decades of entrenched corruption have chased foreign investors away. Now Namibia is joining the African oil conversation with one of the most oil-friendly regimes on the […]

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Rethinking the ‘Africa Play’: Why One Firm Held Back from the Africa Investment Frenzy

Via Next Billion, interesting commentary on why one firm held back from the Africa investment ‘frenzy’: In [northern hemisphere] spring 2019, the investment committee at Blue Haven Initiative’s Ventures team raised a painful question: Did we miss the boat? Running an in-house venture fund, my team had made only one new investment in 2018 (Shortlist). We’d held back […]

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The World’s Top 10 Cities in 2035

Courtesy of The Visual Capitalist, an interesting look at the world’s cities in 2035, many of which will be in developing countries:   Cities are the engines of the modern economy. Over half of the world now lives in urban areas, and urbanization continues to shape the trajectory of global growth in unprecedented ways. However, […]

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Laos’ Land-Linking Dreams

Via The Diplomat, a look at Laos’ aspirations to gain centrality in the Greater Mekong Subregion via new infrastructure: The Lao government is strongly pushing ahead with different projects to better connect the country to the main transport networks of the region and integrate it into global value chains. Laos’ landlocked position and natural topography has […]

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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.