Archive for November, 2019

Afghanistan Cricket Team Turns The Market From Monopoly To Perfect Market Competition For Investors

Via Eurasia Review, an interesting OpEd on increasing competition for sponsorship of the Afghan national cricket team: Over the last five years, entry into Afghan markets has become tougher for both national and international ventures. Kabul is now turning into a confined market having legitimate laws for both fresh and experienced investors. The sports industry […]

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North Korea’s Economy: The View From China

Via The Diplomat, commentary on the fact that – sanctions aside – many Chinese businesspeople are willing to invest across the border, but is North Korea ready to open its doors for them? Since Donald Trump was elected president of the United States, he has held several rare meetings with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, […]

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Vietnam: SE Asia’s Next Growth Story?

Via TechInAsia, a look at Vietnam’s potential to be the next big Asian economic success story Several batches ago, we started to see a steady influx of Vietnamese founders applying to our AppWorks Accelerator. It was a rather curious phenomenon because at the time, we had only begun expanding our scope outside of Taiwan to include […]

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China Builds In Myanmar’s Conflict Areas

Via China Dialogue, a report on China’s new infrastructure corridor through Myanmar which crosses war-torn regions, risking further conflict and environmental degradation: A year ago, Myanmar and China signed an agreement to establish the China-Myanmar Economic Corridor (CMEC), as part of China’s Belt and Road global infrastructure initiative. Today, that corridor is mired in conflict between […]

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Lebanon: Facing A Painful Economic Reckoning

Via CNN, a report on Lebanon’s economic strife: If you’re visiting Beirut, your typical walking tour will span the tip of the peninsula to historic neighborhoods in the eastern quarter. You’ll likely walk along the seaside boardwalk, saunter through the glitzy downtown area, and barhop on Gemmayze street, or its nearby nightlife hotspots. Along the way, […]

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China: Doubling Down On The Digital Silk Road

Via Reconnecting Asia, an article on China’s efforts to build the digital Silk Road: Summary: While the core focus of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is on traditional infrastructure deployments, it is evident that the Digital Silk Road is a key part of the overall BRI strategy, and China will leverage technology to increase […]

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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.