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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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The Scramble For Business In Africa

Via The Financial Times, an interesting report on how companies from Turkey, India, and China are looking for opportunities in Africa: A Turkish company is generating part of Ghana’s power supply.  Another one just this month finished a flashy new terminal at the country’s international airport. A Philippine utility is about to take over running […]

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Bahrain: Beyond Oil & Gas

Via Ozy, an interesting look at at Bahrain: Indian tech entrepreneur Amjad Puliyali had worked for a decade in Dubai, but in 2016, he relocated to tiny Bahrain to launch an online grocery delivery startup called GetBaqala. With just 1.5 million people packed into a 295-square-mile country of 33 islands, Bahrain is the smallest market in […]

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North Korea’s Neighbours and Investors Eye Asia’s ‘Pre-Frontier Market’

Via The South China Morning Post, an article on investor interest in North Korea: North Korea might seem the last place anyone would want to do business – a “hermit” nation born out of conflict and ruled for decades by a ruthless dynasty, a country with dilapidated physical infrastructure, lacking the rule of law and contact with most […]

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Could Gabon Be At Forefront of Africa’s Next (Palm) Oil Boom?

Via Ozy, an article on Gabon’s palm oil potential: Sitting on the terrace of his presidential palace overseeing Libreville’s beachfront avenue, Ali Bongo contemplates the growth of Gabon’s capital. “Everything you see today wasn’t here 10 years ago,” says Gabon’s 59-year-old president, sporting a perfectly tailored camel suit and a gleaming Rolex watch. Libreville’s expansion has been […]

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Smaller African Markets Gaining Attention

Via Frontier Strategy Group, a report on Zimbabwe and Mozambique: As economic growth across global markets improves, a lot of executives at Western multinationals (MNCs) are facing pressure to achieve both profitability and growth. Sub-Saharan Africa has long been perceived as the engine to deliver growth in the short-term and as a region that holds […]

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About This Blog
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.