Archive for November, 2015

South Korean SMEs: Ready For North Korea?

Via the Peterson Institute, a look at the readiness of South Korean SMEs to enter the North Korean market: We are often negative about the business environment in North Korea and the DPRK government’s struggle to solicit foreign investment. With the case of inter-Korean investment, we also find, however, that it is the South Korean […]

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Venezuela’s Energy Profile

Via Eurasia Review, a look at Venezuela’s energy sector: Venezuela is one of the world’s largest producers and exporters of crude oil. The country has been one of the largest exporters of crude oil in the Americas. As a founding member of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), Venezuela is an important player […]

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China’s New Silk Road: Boom Or Dust For Pakistan?

Via Space Daily, a look at the first stop along a new $46 billion “economic corridor” designed by China in Pakistan: A glossy highway and hundreds of lorries transporting Chinese workers by the thousands: the new Silk Road is under construction in northern Pakistan, but locals living on the border are yet to be convinced they will receive […]

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China’s Growing Energy Partnership With Turkmenistan

Via China Daily, a report on China’s moves to increase its energy cooperation with Turkmenistan: China is ready to push cooperation on energy with Turkmenistan to a new high, President Xi Jinping told his counterpart from the Central Asian nation on Thursday. He made the comment as the two countries renewed their commitment to grow […]

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Big Changes In Azerbaijan In 2016

Via Frontier Strategy Group, an interesting look at Azerbaijan: The low energy prices ravaging the economies of Russia and Kazakhstan will now start to have a tangible effect on the Azerbaijan market. After years of strong growth, averaging 11 percent YOY in the 2000 to 2014 period, we are forecasting Azerbaijan’s economy to contract by […]

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Mozambique: Natural Gas Potential Will Lead To Political Compromise

Courtesy of STRATFOR (subscription required), a detailed analysis of the impact of Mozambique’s natural gas potential upon its political situation: The balance of economic power in Mozambique has undergone a major change, rekindling dissatisfaction with the country’s entrenched ruling elite. The change means the East African country’s longtime ruling party will have to make political […]

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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.