Archive for March, 2021

China, With $400 Billion Iran Deal, Deepens Influence in Mideast

Courtesy of The New York Times, a look at a new agreement between China and Iran that calls for heavy Chinese investments in Iran over 25 years in exchange for oil: China agreed to invest $400 billion in Iran over 25 years in exchange for a steady supply of oil to fuel its growing economy […]

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Kazakhstan’s 2025 Development Plan

Via The Diplomat, an article on Kazakhstan’s 2025 Development Plan: The government of Kazakhstan recently released its National Development Plan Through 2025, which complements the government’s primary objective of becoming one of the world’s 30 most developed nations by 2050. Overall, the plan is a continuation of Nur-Sultan’s current strategy of economic diversification, which includes heavily investing in […]

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Can Central Asian Gas Exporters Rely on China?

Via Eurasianet, a report on China’s hopes to reduce energy imports and cut emissions, which may raise questions about the need for additional gas from Central Asia: Central Asia’s natural gas producers have only one eager buyer: China. And though China has a growing appetite, it has signaled intentions to source more energy domestically. What does […]

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Silk and Saffron: Regenerating Afghanistan

Via Grit Daily, an article on Afghanistan: For thousands of years Afghanistan has been a cornerstone of the global economy. Situated at a major crossroads of east-west trade routes, since the first century BCE, the silk road established Afghanistan as a hub of commerce, facilitating the exchange of goods and ideas from across the globe. […]

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Emerging Markets and Commercial Geographies

Via Emerging World, an interesting look at the origin of the term ’emerging markets’ and other commercial geographies: What’s in a name? Trillions of dollars, possibly. That’s not quite the spirit of Shakespeare’s Juliet when she famously asked that question in a moment of lament, concluding “that which we call a rose by any other […]

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Iran Says It Will Soon Launch Major Oil Pipeline

Via Eurasia Review, an article on Iran’s planned new oil pipeline: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said a major oil pipeline will be launched in the near future that will enable the country to export much of its oil via the Sea of Oman. “We have two major projects to inaugurate in the coming months. One […]

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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.