Archive for the ‘Pakistan’ Category

Who Will Be Pakistan’s First Unicorn?

Via Rest of World, a look at how Pakistani startups are having a dazzling run, and the country might get its first billion-dollar venture soon: The Pakistani tech startup industry witnessed many highs in the last couple of years — record-breaking funding rounds, debuts by marquee global investors, and the emergence of founder “mafias,” among others. If all goes […]

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Pakistan’s Economy Is On The Brink

Courtesy of The Financial Times, an article on Pakistan’s increasingly fragile economy: Pakistan is in political and economic chaos. Its most populous province, Punjab, was without a government for almost a month because the governor, who was appointed by former prime minister Imran Khan, had refused to administer an oath to the newly elected chief […]

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Inside Pakistan’s Tech Investment Boom

Via Rest of World, an article on Pakistan’s tech investment boom: In 2019, when Kalsoom Lakhani and Misbah Naqvi founded i2i Ventures, a $15 million Pakistan-focused venture capital (VC) fund, they hoped to sign about three deals a year. Now, they’re signing that many deals every quarter. “I can barely keep up with the deal flow,” Lakhani […]

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TAPI’ng Out?

Via The Diplomat, commentary that the  Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) pipeline project seems to have far more going against it than pushing in its favor: India has restarted efforts to revive the much-delayed Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) pipeline project. The pipeline was discussed during a recent three-day state visit to Turkmenistan by Indian President Shri Ram Nath Kovind. TAPI remains […]

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Uzbekistan Looks South for New Trade Routes

Via The Diplomat, a report on Uzbekistan search for new trade routes to the south: Uzbekistan has received its first transit shipment via Pakistan and Taliban-controlled Afghanistan. For Uzbekistan, this means prioritizing a southern-looking policy, as it seeks to assert its own identity in the region and establish viable alternative trading partners.  A private trader in […]

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Obstacles To Energy Security In Central and South Asia

Via East Africa Forum, an article on obstacles to energy security in Central and South Asia: On 25 January 2022, an unprecedented blackout spread across much of southern Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan. This is not the first time that Central Asia has experienced power outages, which have increased alarmingly in Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan. In […]

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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.