Archive for December, 2022

Somalia’s Federal Government Declares Genel Energy Operations in Somaliland Illegal

Via Oil News Kenya, a report that Somalia’s federal government has declared Genel Energy’s Somaliland operations illegal: Somalia’s Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources has condemned Genel Energy’s activities in the autonomous region of Somaliland terming them as illegal. According to s statement by the ministry warns  Genel Energy of the potential risks to its […]

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China’s Growing Stake in World Ports Sharpens Attention on Political Influence

Via Newsweek, an article on China’s growing influence on world trade and global ports: Inching up the Elbe river to the German port of Hamburg in early September, colorful containers stacked on deck like outsized pieces of Lego, the Libra looked like any other massive vessel plying the world’s oceans. Yet she was more than […]

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Zelenskyy, BlackRock CEO Fink Agree to Coordinate Ukraine investment

Via CNBC, a report that Ukrainian President Zelenskyy and BlackRock CEO Fink have agreed to coordinate Ukraine investment: KEY POINTS BlackRock Financial Markets Advisory and the Ukrainian Ministry of Economy signed a memorandum of understanding in November. Zelenskyy and Fink agreed Wednesday to “focus in the near term on coordinating the efforts of all potential […]

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Could Africa Replace China As The World’s Source of Rare Earth Elements?

Via Brookings Institute, commentary on the potential for Africa could replace China as the world’s source of rare earth elements: Rare earth elements—a group of 17 metals—are critical for both human and national security. They are used in electronics (computers, televisions and smart phones), in renewable energy technology (wind turbines, solar panels, and electric vehicle […]

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China Outshines U.S. in South Pacific as Global Scramble Heats Up

Courtesy of Newsweek, an interesting look at China’s strategic vision in the South Pacific, and U.S. efforts to counter: China’s ambassador to Vanuatu was exceptionally busy in December as the tiny Pacific Island nation signed a security deal with America’s key ally Australia. Starting on December 13, when Vanuatu and Australia sealed the agreement, Ambassador Li […]

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Dhaka Launches First Metro Rail Service

Via CNN, a report that Dhaka – one of the world’s most congested cities – just opened its first metro line: Bangladesh on Wednesday launched its first metro rail service in the capital Dhaka, with officials and commuters hopeful it will help ease traffic in one of the world’s most densely populated and congested cities. The […]

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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.