Archive for April, 2023

Ghana’s Bauxite Boom

Courtesy of Foreign Policy, a slightly dated look at how Chinese investment has led to a crush of infrastructure development in Ghana’s tropical forests—and not everyone is happy about it: em>For centuries, the people of Kyekyewere, a tiny town nestled in a forest in the Ashanti region of Ghana, got their drinking water from a […]

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Two Major Chinese Companies Plan To Invest In Iran’s Khuzestan

Via Iran Front Page News, a report on planned new Chinese investment in Iran: Chinese Ambassador to Tehran Chang Hua says two major Chinese companies plan to invest in Khuzestan, in Iran’s oil-rich southwest. During a meeting with Khuzestan’s governor-general on Sunday, Hua said other Chinese companies could also come forward with any investment plans […]

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China’s Latin American Gold Rush Is All About Clean Energy

Courtesy of Foreign Policy, an article on China’s Latin American “gold rush”: A new gold rush is underway in Latin America—only this time around, the bounty is white. With its sprawling salt flats, the region is rich with a new ore—lithium—and everyone from Germany to China is clambering to get in on the race. White […]

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Turkmenistan Begins Exporting Gas To Pakistan Via Afghanistan By Truck

Via Afghanistan’s ATN News, a TAPI’ed thatTurkmenistan has begun exporting gas to Pakistan via Afghanistan: Local authorities in Kandahar province say an international company has officially started exporting natural gas from Turkmenistan to Pakistan through Afghanistan. The Chamber of Commerce and Investment says that the route overland through Afghanistan is a lot shorter than the […]

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China’s Got Afghan Fever, Again

Courtesy of Foreign Policy, a look at China’s renewed interest in Afghanistan’s mineral riches: China, once again, seems to be mucking about in Afghanistan’s mineral-rich playground. The latest move is a maybe, could-be deal worth billions to tap Afghanistan’s rich veins of lithium, the key input for the energy transition that powers everything from laptops […]

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Mali’s Gold Industry: Looking For A Second Wind

Courtesy of The Africa Report, a look at Mali’s gold industry: After a slight rebound in 2022, gold production, the driving force behind Mali’s exports, will stall in 2023 according to government forecasts. Gold production in Mali, which is facing major security and economic challenges, is like a rollercoaster ride. Industrial production of the yellow […]

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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.