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Cabling Africa: The Great Data Race To Serve The ‘last billion’

Courtesy of The Financial Times, an interesting article on efforts to upgrade the continent’s digital infrastructure: Johannesburg was built on a gold rush. But in the Isando Campus business park on the outskirts of South Africa’s financial centre, a much more precious substance is being piled up at an even more frenetic pace. This is the […]

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Top Ten Emerging Markets Brands

Via Emerging World, an interesting report on the top emerging market brands: Every year, global consultancy Brand Finance launches its Global Top 500 Brands index. It’s a highly anticipated list that captures global headlines and spawns the occasional “top ten list” (guilty as charged, see below). They just put out their latest 2020 report at the virtual […]

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Thriving Tech Scene Allows Uruguay To Shine In 2020

Courtesy of The Financial Times, a report on Uruguay: Sandwiched between the giant economies of Brazil and Argentina, Uruguay has traditionally been at a disadvantage when it came to attracting foreign investment into its promising tech sector. But with the recent emergence of the country’s first unicorn and another company developing a sophisticated coronavirus app […]

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Republic of Congo: A Fragile Economy Balanced on a Shark’s Back

Via Haikal Magazine, a look at the post–civil war boom in shark fishing that saved Congolese fishermen and their families is now drying up: As the midday heat begins to subside in the coastal city of Pointe-Noire in Republic of the Congo, eight sinewy fishermen shunt a rickety pirogue toward the gray Atlantic beneath a brooding […]

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China Lags as Thailand, Russia Rank Top Emerging Market Picks

Via Bloomberg, an article on emerging market projections for 2021: Thailand and Russia are well placed to be among the emerging-market standouts that could beat expectations next year. That’s according to a Bloomberg study of 17 developing markets gauging their outlook for 2021 based on 11 indicators of economic and financial performance. Thailand topped the […]

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Sun Setting On Timor-Leste’s Pipe Dream

Via The Asia Times, a report on Timor Leste where the Greater Sunrise gas field was supposed to lift the young nation out of poverty but that once hopeful vision is now dissipating: It was a bit rich for a leader who, less than five years ago, was personally stirring up a 10,000-strong crowd in protest […]

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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.