China Powering Economic Growth in Mozambique

Via Future Directions International, a report on China’s economic engagement with Mozambique: China’s trade with the Portuguese-speaking countries (Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, Portugal, São Tomé and Príncipe and Timor-Leste) grew by US$82 billion in the first half of 2018, an increase of 21.5 per cent on the previous year. While the overall leaders were Brazil […]

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Jakarta Predicted to Become the World’s Most Populous City in 2030

Via Future Directions International, commentary on the opportunities and challenges facing Jakarta which is predicted to become the world’s largest city in 2030: A recent report by Euromonitor International has predicted that Jakarta, Indonesia’s capital city on the island of Java, will become the world’s most populous city by 2030. That prediction includes the population in the […]

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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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Merging Onto The Belt And Road

Via The Wall Street Journal, an article on the United States’ plan to merge several existing development finance agencies: All of Washington these days is scrambling to counter a rising China, and the awakening is necessary. The problem is that it too often is leading to bad policy that imitates China’s behavior rather than playing […]

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Copper, Gold Deals in Afghanistan

Via The Wall Street Journal, a report on Afghanistan’s renewed efforts to start exploration in stalled mining projects: The Trump administration’s push to help extract Afghanistan’s vast mineral wealth has helped relaunch two stalled mining projects in the country involving a high-profile investment banker. Ian Hannam, a former JPMorgan Chase & Co. banker who served for decades in […]

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Enter The Dragon: China’s Belt And Road Rising In The Middle East

Via the Hoover Institute, commentary on China’s BRI impact on the Middle East: Cairenes are not modest about their beloved city. It is Umm al-Dunya, they say, the mother of the world. They also call it simply Masr, the Arabic term for Egypt, suggesting, of course, that there is really nothing worth noting in the vast country […]

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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.