Archive for July, 2019

Wall Street Meets Tashkent

Via Radio Free Europe, an interesting article on how Uzbek officials – amid reforms at home – recently made their pitch to investors in New York: After a quarter-century under Islam Karimov, whose repressive rule brought a strong measure of economic isolation, Uzbekistan is taking steps to open its economy to foreign investment. The latest […]

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Uzbekistan Focused on Developing Trade with Afghanistan

Via The Diplomat, a look at Tashkent’s efforts to increase trade cooperation with Afghanistan: Tashkent is set to become a dominant trade partner to Afghanistan as the two sides continue to negotiate on major projects. Uzbekistan has focused on fostering trade relations both globally and regionally. Tashkent has chased and negotiated various trade opportunities, and one […]

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Kazakhstan: A Lot Riding On Promise Of New Finance Center

Via Forbes, a report on Kazakhstan’s planned finance center: Kassym-Jomart Tokayev is the new president of Kazakhstan, and the country’s signature financial event, Astana Finance Days (AFD), is supposed to highlight this man’s vision of making this place a freer market than it was even a year ago. Last year, the four-day AFD brought in […]

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The Hottest Phones for the Next Billion Users Aren’t Smartphones

Courtesy of The Wall Street Journal, a report on how many of the developing world’s first-time internet consumers are connecting to the web on a new breed of device costing about $25: The hottest phones for the world’s next billion users aren’t made by smartphone leaders Samsung Electronics Co. or Apple Inc. In fact, they aren’t even smartphones. Millions of first-time internet consumers from the […]

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Angola: Rare Glimmer of Hope In Fight Against Corruption

Via Ozy, an article on Angola: Not far from the flashy skyscrapers of downtown Luanda, the capital of one of Africa’s supposedly richest countries, is a public morgue. Celestino Chivava, who worked in the Angolan oil industry until he lost his job after the price collapse of 2014, describes how families wash the bodies of […]

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Uzbekistan: Most Intriguing Market In Frontier Asia

Via Seeking Alpha, a positive look at Uzbekistan: Summary Uzbekistan is poised to be a leader in Central Asia and is a standout country among other frontier markets. Market reforms that were recently implemented in 2016 will support private sector-led growth. Uzbekistan stands out in particular for its relatively lower minimum wages, as well as […]

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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.