Archive for May, 2021

1M Ethiopians Signed Up For The Country’s First Mobile Wallet In First Week

Via Quartz, an article on the quick update of Ethiopia’s first mobile wallet: More than 1 million cellphone subscribers in the populous African country of Ethiopia have registered for a new mobile money service less than a week after its launch by state-controlled Ethio Telecom, the company has said. The service, called Telebirr, is to […]

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Angola’s Reform Plans Face Challenges

Via African Business, a report on Angola’s reform plans: João Lourenço’s presidency was hailed as a new dawn for Angola. The former defence minister promised to stop the rot in Africa’s second largest oil producer after 38 years of tightly controlled family rule under former strongman President José Eduardo dos Santos. When he came to office […]

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Kim Jong Un Bets on Riverfront Property to Boost North Korea’s Economy

Courtesy of The Wall Street Journal, an article on Kim Jong Un’s be on a riverfront property to boost North Korea’s economy: In North Korea’s capital, the prime riverfront property went untouched for decades. It was once a site for an American missionary school. Then it briefly became a residence for the country’s founder, Kim Il […]

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Indonesia’s Digital Market Could Grow to $300B In Next 3 Years

Via CNBC, an article on Indonesia’s technology market which could grow to between $200 billion and $300 billion in size the coming years: Indonesia’s technology market is at an inflection point and could grow exponentially to reach between $200 billion and $300 billion in the next two to three years, said John Riady, director of Lippo […]

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‘Deal Of The Century’ Falls Flat As Telecoms Bidders Shun Ethiopia

Via African Business, an article on Ethiopia’s telecoms licence sale which was expected to garner wide interest, but only two consortia placed bids: Ethiopia’s telecoms industry, the largest remaining state monopoly of its kind, was seen as the final frontier for a sector that has underpinned communications, education and healthcare during the pandemic. Addis Ababa viewed […]

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An Afghanistan At Peace Could Connect South and Central Asia

Via The Atlantic Council, a look at Afghanistan’s potential as the “hub” of South and Central Asia: Over the past forty years of conflicts, Afghanistan’s potential as a contributor to development and prosperity in Asia has gone unrealized. If it were a stable neighbor, as the current Afghan peace process is meant to make it, […]

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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.