Archive for August, 2022

Indonesia’s Maritime Ambitions

Via Frontier Post, a commentary on Indonesia’s maritime ambitions: On 26 July 2022, Indonesian President Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo met with Chinese President Xi Jinping in China. The meeting was a surprise given Beijing’s strict zero-COVID-19 policy. A main outcome was the renewal of the memorandum of understanding on cooperation between Indonesia’s Global Maritime Fulcrum (GMF), a framework […]

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DR Congo Seeks To ‘Reclaim History’ With Economic Reforms

Courtesy of The Financial Times, an article on Democratic Republic of Congo’s ‘big, ambitious economic agenda’ backed by international lenders: The finance minister of the Democratic Republic of Congo longs for the days when his country was pushing forward as an African industrial hub. “In this country, we made batteries for our vehicles; we used […]

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Has Turkmenistan’s Transition to a Market Economy Been a Success?

Via The Diplomat, an article on Ashgabat’s efforts to achieve a functioning and competitive market economy: Turkmenistan, within the Soviet Union from 1925 to 1991, existed under a system in which everything related to the economy was controlled and planned by the government. What to produce, how to produce, and who to produce it for were determined […]

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How Sri Lanka Can Overcome Its Economic Crisis

Via The Diplomat, an article on how the Sri Lankan government could take advantage of the crisis to do things that it could never attempt before, from addressing regressive subsidies to restructuring state-owned enterprises: Winston Churchill’s famous dictum, “Never let a good crisis go to waste,” could not be more apt for Sri Lanka in […]

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China Taking Venezuelan Oil For Debt Offset

Via Reuters, a report that a Chinese defence firm has taken over lifting Venezuelan oil for debt offset : China has entrusted a defence-focussed state firm to ship millions of barrels of Venezuelan oil despite U.S. sanctions, part of a deal to offset Caracas’ billions of dollars of debt to Beijing, according to three sources and […]

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WhatsApp Grocery Shopping In Brazil

Via Rest of World, an interesting look at WhatsApp grocery shopping, which is already huge in Brazil: Whenever Ana Lúcia Almeida Gazzola wants to impress her guests, she cooks shrimp with butter, lemon, and rosemary. It’s a simple recipe that the 72-year-old retired professor from Belo Horizonte found online. But it relies on good-quality shrimp, which […]

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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.