Archive for March, 2019

Chinese Investment in Africa: Beyond Belt and Road

Courtesy of The Financial Times, a look at how – beyond the Belt and Road infrastructure projects – thousands of entrepreneurs from China are also setting up on the continent: Wilson Wu has big plans for the free trade zone he manages in Igbesa, a scruffy town in Ogun State, some 60km from the frenzy […]

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Kazakhstan Opens Up To New Ideas

Via The Banker, an article on how Kazakhstan has bold ambitions to become not just a strong regional player, but one of the world’s top economies in the next 30 years: Since 2002, Kazakhstan has en-joyed strong economic development, with the World Bank report-ing a sixfold increase in gross domestic product (GDP) in this time to […]

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Courtesy of The Financial Times, a report on Uzbekistan, a dynamic frontier market: On the second floor of an office building in downtown Tashkent, entrepreneur Akmal Khodjanov is pitching his business to around a dozen foreign investors and corporate financiers. His company, Vak-Mak, has cornered the market for vacuum-packed corn on the cob in Uzbekistan. […]

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Pakistani Army Moves Into The Oil Business

Via The Asia Times, a look at the Pakistani Army’s $100 billion commercial empire covers industries including banking, cement and real estate: The business conglomerate that is the Pakistani Army, which has fingers in multiple pies across the business spectrum, has now moved into the oil business. Recent growth of businesses controlled by the powerful […]

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Behind North Korea’s YouTube Ambitions

Via The Diplomat, an interesting look at Pyongyang’s efforts to use social media monetization as a loophole to international sanctions: North Korea is famous for operating propaganda websites on an industrial scale. It is understood that North Korea currently operates more than 160 propaganda sites. These include news and tourism websites as well as online communities, all of […]

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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.