Archive for May, 2016

Egypt: A Key Plank In China’s One Belt – One Road Strategy

Via Frontera News, a look at the role of Egypt in China’s Silk Road strategy: Egypt’s transfer of two uninhabited Red Sea islands to Saudi sovereignty sparked street protests and a social media backlash: #Egyptissold. Yet Tiran and Sanafir are pinpricks next to the much bigger land grab by Beijing onshore. Granted, the twin islands […]

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Want to Invest in Iran? Here’s What You Need to Know Before You Go

Courtesy of Frontera News, a look at the hidden hazards in Iran’s evolving market: Entering Iran’s holy Shah Cheragh shrine dazzles the senses.  Mirror mosaics intensify the brightness, and it’s only when you step into the center of the “King of Light” mosque that you understand how each tiny piece plays its part in the […]

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Doors Open to Foreign Banks in Somalia After Half-Century Absence

Via Bloomberg, a report on growing investor interest in Somalia: Kenyan banks are competing against lenders from Gulf nations seeking licenses to operate in Somalia as the strife-torn country opens up the industry to international companies for the first time in almost half a century. Somalia’s central bank has held talks with KCB Group Ltd., […]

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India and Iran: Changing The Great Game

Via The Diplomat, an interesting look at how the Chabahar port in Iran has the potential to alter the dynamics of “The Great Game” for good: The historic pact between India and Iran recently to build Chabahar port in Iran has the potential to alter the dynamics of “The Great Game” for good. The pact, which will kick […]

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‘Owning’ A Home In North Korea

Via NK News, an interesting look at ‘owning’ a home in North Korea, where esidency rights and restrictions on moving means one all but owns the place: The North Korean law makes it quite clear: It is illegal in North Korea to buy, sell and rent out houses. It is theoretically possible to swap houses within one […]

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India’s $500 Million Port Deal with Iran

Via Quartz, a look at India’s $500m deal to develop Iran’s Chabahar port and plan to invest an additional $16 billion in the Chabahar free trade zone: Barely five months after the US and the European Union lifted economic sanctions on Iran, Narendra Modi has pulled off something of a masterstroke. On May 22, the Indian prime minister […]

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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.