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Central Asia Moves Towards Its Own ‘Schengen’ Zone

Via Ozy, a look at Central Asia’s efforts to become more integrated: When television producer Abduaziz Madyarov traveled between Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan with a British TV crew in November, he and his colleagues had to spend hours waiting in queues at border posts. That tortuous experience epitomized the tense relationship the former Soviet republics of […]

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Business In Africa

Via McKinsey, an interesting article on doing business in Africa: Simon London: Hello, and welcome to this edition of the McKinsey Podcast, with me, Simon London. When you think about Africa, what comes to mind? It’s hard not to be swayed by years of news reports of crisis and conflict. But as we’ll hear, another narrative is […]

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Facebook’s Push Into Africa

Courtesy of The Wall Street Journal, an article on Facebook’s efforts to grow its business in Africa: A prominent red sign welcoming visitors to this remote and dusty agricultural city makes the announcement in capital letters: “This is now a 4G zone.” That is thanks in part to Facebook Inc., which, along with Indian telecom giantBharti Airtel Ltd.’s Ugandan unit […]

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Africa Enjoys Oil Boom as Drilling Spreads Across Continent

Via Bloomberg, a look at renewed hydrocarbon activity in Africa: Africa is finally seeing the benefits from the recovery in crude prices as companies ramp up drilling from Algeria to Namibia. The rigs are returning and wildcatters are getting excited again after a years-long hiatus during the oil-price slump. From majors like Total SA to independents like Tullow […]

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Mozambique: Waiting For Gas

Courtesy of The Economist, a report on Mozambique’s economic malaise: Look at the state of this school,” says Manuel Jaime. It is not a pretty sight: cracked window panes, pockmarked floors and walls etched with graffiti. For this resident of Beira, in central Mozambique, the condition of Amilcar Cabral School, which doubled as a polling station […]

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Power Play: Tiny East Timor Bets Big on Oil and Gas

Via the Wall Street Journal, a look at East Timor’s petro-economy: Sixteen years after East Timor secured its independence, the government in this tiny nation is gambling on a huge new refinery complex to help secure its economic future. But there is a problem, according to critics of the plan: If the project falters, 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.