Archive for 2016

Libyan Oil: A Bittersweet Return?

Via the Foreign Policy Association, a look at the impact of Libyan oil re-entering the global market: After a series of skirmishes, frantic deal making now looks to have brought about the surprise return to force of Libya in the oil export market. However Libyan oil coming back online could jeopardize a fragile production cut […]

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Pakistan Turns To China In Energy Binge

Courtesy of the Wall Street Journal, an article on Pakistan’s plan to revive its economy with a $21B electricity program: When Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif came to office in 2013, rolling power outages across the country were plunging homes and businesses into darkness for up to 12 hours a day. Now the Pakistani leader is betting on […]

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Ivory Coast Moves Beyond War to Become a West African Powerhouse

Via the Wall Street Journal, an interesting look at Cote d’Ivoire: This West African country in October became the continent’s fastest-growing economy, a sharp reversal from 2011, when a bloody civil conflict left 3,000 people dead. The International Monetary Fund said surging foreign investment, political stability and firm prices for its main crops helped the […]

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Inside China’s Global Spending Spree: OBOR

Courtesy of Fortune Magazine, a detailed look at China’s One Belt One Road spending plans: “One Belt, One Road,” China’s $3 trillion infrastructure building campaign, could be a windfall for some Western companies and investors. The high-rise coastal city of Dubai plays host to all kinds of luxury oddities: indoor ski slopes, gold-bar vending machines, […]

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Global Implications of Economic Corridors in China and ECO Countries

Via the Business Recorder, a look at trade corridors in Central Asia: Economic history of Central and South Asia is largely associated with the connectivity of trade and natural and human resources among the peoples of Central and South Asian countries. The silk rout and the Grand Trunk road (famously known as ‘GT Road’ in […]

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TAPI: A Transnational Pipe Dream

Courtesy of STRATFOR (subscription required), a detailed look at the proposed Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) pipeline: Forecast Until the Taliban and the government in Kabul arrive at a settlement to end the war, building the Afghan portion of the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) pipeline will be difficult. So long as India and Pakistan are at loggerheads over the contested […]

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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.