Cuba: Allowing Foreign Investment In Wholesale and Retail Trade For First Time In 60 Years

Via the BBC, a report that Cuba will allow foreign investment into its wholesale and retail trade to tackle its goods shortage: Cuba says it will allow foreign investors into its wholesale and retail trade for the first time in 60 years. The move is a major shift for the island nation’s Communist government, and overturns […]

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Africa’s Cold Rush and the Promise of Refrigeration

Courtesy of The New Yorker, an interesting look at the growth potential refrigeration offers for the developing work, noting that – in Rwanda – it could spark an economic transformation: At one in the morning, several hours before fishing boats launch, François Habiyambere, a wholesale fish dealer in Rubavu, in northwest Rwanda, sets out to harvest […]

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Road To Nowhere? China’s Belt and Road Initiative At Tipping Point

Courtesy of Nikkei Asia, a report on China BRI, and whether the Pakistan, Sri Lanka debt crises threaten Beijing’s regional influence: The drive to Pakistan’s port of Gwadar takes seven and a half hours from Karachi via the Makran coastal highway. Much of the 600-km route is deserted, with no restaurants, restrooms or even fuel stations. […]

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Bangladesh and Nepal Are Not Destined to Repeat Sri Lanka’s Mistakes

Via the Carnegie Endowment, commentary that Bangladesh and Nepal are not destined to repeat Sri Lanka’s mistakes due to their vastly different approaches to debt and China: South Asia is in trouble. The economic crisis in Sri Lanka has led to an uprising ousting the government, with crowds taking over the president’s office and residence. The country has defaulted on […]

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India’s Challenge to Belt and Road in Asia

Via the Geopolitical Monitor, an article on India’a challenge to China’s BRI in Asia: Over the past few years, and most notably during recent border clashes in Ladakh’s Galwan valley, China-India relations have been visibly more acrimonious, confusing, and inimical in diplomatic and military domains, despite their huge mutual business interests. In 2021, trade between the […]

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Ecuador’s Distant Dream of a Green Recovery

Via Foreign Policy, an article on Ecuador’s struggle to meet its climate goals under IMF austerity: Standing halfway up a hillside in the city’s outskirts, environmental engineer Andres Viteri Leroux peered down to a horizontal dirt shelf some 100 feet below. It was early December 2021, and he was visiting Ambato’s landfill. The dirt had been […]

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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.