Digital Infrastructure Propels New SE Asian Tigers

Courtesy of the Asia Times, a report on how China’s trade with Southeast Asia is driving a world-beating economic boom: China’s exports to Southeast Asia jumped by 20% in 2022, despite a year-on-year decline in China’s total exports driven by a 19% drop in exports to the US and a 17% drop in exports to the […]

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Chevron Explores Algerian Gas Plans Amid Russian Sanctions

Courtesy of the Wall Street Journal, a look at Chevron’s interest in Algeria, a nation that holds bigger shale resources than the U.S.: Oil giant Chevron Corp. is is looking to seal an energy exploration deal with Algeria, as the North African country steps up efforts to replace sanctioned Russian supplies in nearby Europe, according to people familiar with […]

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Russia and Iran Integrate Banking Systems To Avoid Western Sanctions

Via Frontier Markets News, an article on efforts by Russia and Iran to integrate their banking systems: Iran and Russia have connected their interbank communication and transfer systems to help boost trade and financial transactions, a senior Iranian official said on Monday, as Tehran and Moscow struggle under Western sanctions, the NYT’s Cora Engelbrecht reports. The financial […]

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Billions in Oil Riches Vanish in Latin America as Pemex Stumbles

Courtesy of Bloomberg, a report on how Pemex has seen its crude output decline almost every year since 2004 as mismanagement, debt and failing projects drag down Mexico’s oil giant: The rebound in oil prices over the last two years brought in record profits for the world’s largest crude producers, shoring up local economies and boosting jobs. Despite the fanfare, […]

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China Builds Influence By Building African Parliaments

Via Global Policy Journal, an interesting look at how China has fully financed the construction of at least 15 new African parliamentary buildings and refurbished several others: In 2005, during Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili’s visit to Beijing, China offered to pay for the construction of a new Lesotho parliament building. The Lesotho government had identified […]

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Indonesia’s Nickel Riches Spur Domestic EV, Battery Ambitions

Courtesy of Nikkei Asia, a look at how Indonesia’s nickel riches are spurring local company EV, battery ambitions: FROM COAL MINERS TO CONGLOMERATES, INDONESIA’S BURGEONING ELECTRIC VEHICLE AND BATTERY SCENE IS ATTRACTING BROAD LOCAL CORPORATE INTEREST BUOYED BY THE COUNTRY’S RICH NICKEL RESOURCES AND GOVERNMENT PROMISES OF INCENTIVES. THE INVOLVEMENT COMES AS GLOBAL EV MAKERS INCLUDING […]

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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.