Archive for August, 2019

Egypt’s Economic Turnaround

Courtesy of The Financial Times, a report on Egypt’s economy: Three years ago, Egypt’s economy was teetering on the abyss, as entrepreneurs scoured the black market for dollars and foreign investors shunned the country. Now it is being hailed as one of the region’s fastest-growing economies, favoured by international bond investors seeking high yields in […]

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China’s Footprints Across Africa

Via Quartz, a visual look at China’s infrastructure investment in Africa: The growth of Chinese investment in Africa over the past two decades has been unprecedented and unparalleled. Despite what one might believe, China is not the leading foreign investor in Africa, nor is it the biggest donor. Both honors still belong to the US. What makes China’s […]

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Is Egypt’s Military About To Conquer Red Sea Tourism?

Via Al Monitor, an article on the Egyptian military’s growing commercial interests in the tourism sector: Having conquered numerous industrial sectors of the Egyptian economy, the Egyptian Armed Forces increasingly has its sights set on Egypt’s all-important tourism industry. President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, by decree, recently transferred control of chunks of Red Sea real estate — including entire islands […]

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Tengiz: A Windswept Plain, a Sea of Oil and a Mountain of Money

Courtesy of The New York Times, a look at a Chevron-led joint venture among several energy companies that is spending billions of dollars in Kazakhstan to expand an oil field remarkable for its longevity, promise and risk: In a windswept land of salt flats and wild horses, investors are pouring money into one of the largest and most […]

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Inside China’s Growing Presence In Africa

Via Quartz, a report on China’s growing influence in Africa: These days, everybody wants a piece of Africa. In 2018 alone, France’s Emmanuel Macron made a historic visit to East Africa, becoming the first French leader to visit Kenya. Former British prime minister Theresa May busted out some awkward dance moves in South Africa, while […]

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China’s Belt and Road Initiative: An Updated Look

Courtesy of STRATFOR (subscription required), a look at China’s BRI: It’s billed as the new Silk Road, but China’s Belt and Road Initiative is much more ambitious than that, as countries on every continent have signed up to partner with Beijing on massive infrastructure projects. From Jamaica to New Zealand and Pakistan to Uruguay, countries have […]

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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.