Archive for October, 2022

Pakistan, China Aim To Jump-Start Belt and Road Plans in Key Talks

Courtesy of Nikkei Asia, a look at Pakistan and China’s efforts aim to jump-start Belt and Road plans in key talks: Pakistan and China sought to revive Belt and Road projects in the South Asian country at an annual huddle, held virtually on Thursday. In the run-up to the talks, cash-strapped Islamabad appeared to have accepted […]

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DRC: Battleground of Proxy War Over Precious Resources

Courtesy of the Financial Times, an article on how the DRC became the battleground of a proxy war over precious resources: Some residents of the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo simply call it la guerre sans fin — the war without end. One morning in August, Abigael Bahati felt it in her skin as she searched for […]

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Myanmar Joins North Korea and Iran on Global Illicit Finance Blacklist

Via the Wall Street Journal, a report that Myanmar has been added to the global finance blacklist: A global financial watchdog added Myanmar to its list of countries where businesses and financial institutions are at high risk of exposure to money laundering and terrorist financing, potentially accelerating the country’s economic isolation that was triggered by a […]

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BRI’s Digital Silk Road

Via IISS China, an incredible mapping tool to follow the Digital Silk Road:

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Saudi Arabia and China Agree On Coordinating Investments in BRI States

Via, a report that Saudi Arabia and China have agreed on coordinating investments in BRI states: Saudi Arabia and China agreed Wednesday on jointly coordinating investments in the countries of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). The proposed cooperation aims to ensure oil supply and demand security to BRI countries, the Saudi Press Agency reported. […]

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‘Mexico of the Middle East’: Can Jordan Become A Nearshoring Hub?

Via Middle East Eye, an article on Jordan’s potential as a nearshoring hub: A dusty 40-minute drive southeast of Amman brings you to a patch of desert where a sprawling complex of blue buildings sit. Inside, robots gyrate as they weld together steel frames and “fibre lasers” cut designs into sheet metal. “We must be […]

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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.