Cambodia’s New Normal

Via The Diplomat, an article on how the road ahead is long and lonely for Cambodia, with Chinese largess checked by the pandemic and Western interests soured by pre-pandemic crackdownsCambodia: Cambodia has raced ahead in opening-up after fully vaccinating about 80 percent of its population, with Prime Minister Hun Sen declaring he was confident that […]

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Kazakhstan Turns To Foreign Investment For Post-COVID Growth

Via Eurasia Review, a look at Kazakhstan’s renewed openness to foreign investment: Since achieving independence from the Soviet Union three decades ago, the Republic of Kazakhstan has understood the importance of procuring a constant flow of foreign direct investments to promote development and economic growth. The government’s priorities regarding where should investment go have changed […]

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Timor-Leste’s Economic Make-or-Break Moment

Via The Diplomat, an article on Timor Leste’s urgent efforts to diversify its economy: Since the restoration of its independence in 2002, Timor-Leste has made tremendous progress in social capital (education and health), infrastructure (electricity and telecommunication), and in institutional frameworks such as security, defense and foreign affairs. To cite some figures, in the health […]

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The Quiet China-Africa Revolution: Chinese Foreign Direct Investment

Via The Diplomat, a report on how Chinese FDI in Africa has been growing at a rapid clip: The Forum on China Africa Cooperation (FOCAC), a gathering of Chinese and African officials that has been held seven times (including three leaders’ summits) since its inauguration in 2000, has always been known – and occasionally chastised – for being […]

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Venezuela Turns to Flashy Casinos, SUVs and U.S. Dollars for an Economic Boost

Via The Wall Street Journal, a report on how the Venezuela’s economic liberalization puts this Socialist country on path for growth after seven-year free fall: A dozen casinos are opening here in a country where the Socialist government had banned gambling as a capitalist vice. And stores that were barren just a couple of years […]

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Kazakhstan’s Power Shortages: Crypto Miners and Geopolitics

Via The Diplomat, an article on how Kazakhstan’s data centers caused a spike in electricity demand, while the country is still dependent on coal: Electricity deficits have caused repeated outages across Kazakhstan, and the government has turned to Russia to meet growing demand. Officials said that a spike in consumption has strained the country’s grid. Deputy Energy Minister Murat […]

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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.