Cuba and Venezuela Open Up, Hesitantly, To The Market

Via The Economist, a look at Cuba and Venezuela’s hesitant efforts to open up to market-based activities: Deep down, we are one single government, one single country,” said Venezuela’s loquacious president, Hugo Chávez, of the relationship with Cuba in 2007. Fidel Castro, Cuba’s ailing revolutionary leader, was like a father to him. Venezuela provided millions […]

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Ethiopia: First-Mover Advantage For Investors With Long-Term Outlook

Via How We Made It In Africa, commentary on Ethiopia: Ascent has made several investments in Ethiopia; what are some of the opportunities and challenges there? Taking a top-bottom approach, Ethiopia is home to 110 million people, the second largest country in Africa in terms of population, after Nigeria. The median age of the country is 19.5 years, […]

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Tracking the Digital Component of the BRI in Central Asia: Exporting “Safe Cities” to Uzbekistan

Via Jamestown Foundation, a look at one component of the Digital Silk Road: Following the 2013 announcement of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) at a speech given by People’s Republic of China President Xi Jinping during visit to Kazakhstan, Central Asia has been a key regional priority and an indispensable element for the success […]

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Huawei Digitally Connects Pakistan Beyond India’s Reach

Via Asia Times, a report on how a new Silk Road fiber optic cable project eases Pakistan’s cybersecurity concerns with India but raises new ones with China: China is poised to lay the last stretch of a cross-border fiber optic cable in Pakistan, a Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) project designed in part to cut […]

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Uzbekistan Rising as Central Asian Integration Catalyst

Via Eurasianet, commentary on Uzbekistan’s growing relevance as Central Asia’s regional integrator and power broker: A new dynamic governing regional integration is shaping up in Central Asia. Uzbekistan is challenging Kazakhstan’s position as the region’s power broker, and China’s economic choices may well be a critical factor in determining the outcome of the leadership rivalry. […]

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Renewed Hope For Trans-Caspian Pipeline To Europe?

Via the Central Asian Bureau for Analytical Reporting, an article on how a landmark deal between Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan may finally facilitate pipeline to Europe – if the Europeans are still interested: The Dostluk oilfield is located in the middle of the Turkmen-Azerbaijani sea border.  The breakthrough agreement between Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan to jointly explore and […]

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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.