Archive for March, 2022

PEACE Launch: Kenya’s New Internet Cable

Via The East African, an article on Kenya’s new $399m internet cable which it hopes will help it unlock the digital economy: Thirteen years since Kenya welcomed its first ever fibre optic cable, the country has now unveiled a sixth submarine internet cable that promises to offer higher speeds, lower latency and broader bandwidth. The launch […]

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Centerra and Kyrgyzstan: Nearing Deal To Split For Good?

Via The Diplomat, an article on the likely split between Centerra and Kyrgyzstan: Back in January, Canadian mining firm Centerra Gold confirmed that it was in talks with the Kyrgyz government for an out-of-court settlement of their dispute over the Kumtor Gold Mine. On March 28, the company confirmed reporting that the Kyrgyz Cabinet of Ministers had approved a decision […]

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DRC Becomes The Biggest Country in East Africa’s Trading Bloc

Via Quartz, an article on the Democratic Republic of Congo becoming the biggest country in East Africa’s trading bloc: Trade in eastern Africa is set for a boost after officially welcoming its seventh member, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), into the East Africa Community (EAC) today (March 29). Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania, and […]

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China Eyes Investment in Afghanistan’s Mes Aynak Mines

Via The Diplomat, an article on China’s renewed interest in Afghanistan’s Mes Aynak mines: The ancient Buddha statues sit in serene meditation in the caves carved into the russet cliffs of rural Afghanistan. Hundreds of meters below lies what is believed to be the world’s largest deposit of copper. Afghanistan’s Taliban rulers are pinning their hopes […]

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Togo’s Plans For Managing Google’s Equiano Cable?

Via Quartz Africa, an article on how Togo plans to make the most of managing Google’s Equiano cable: Last week, Togo became the first African country to land Equiano, Google’s subsea internet cable for Africa. The cable, which is part of the tech giant’s $1 billion investment in Africa, will land in Nigeria, Namibia, and South Africa later this year. What good […]

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Kazakhstan Oil Meets a Caspian Chokepoint

Via The Diplomat, a report on how much of the oil produced in Kazakhstan transits through a pipeline across Russia, which now has shrunk output for a variety of reasons: After the Russian government started a war in Ukraine in late February, an oil pipeline came into the spotlight. With sanctions looming, producers, shareholders, and […]

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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.