Archive for November, 2023

Central Asian Gas Pipelilne

Via South China Morning Post, an illustrated look at the Central Asian gas pipeline: US$7.3 BILLION PIPELINE Four lines are needed to feed China’s growing appetite The Central Asia–China Gas Pipeline is a natural gas pipeline system developed as an extension of an earlier pipeline begun by the Soviets when a huge natural gas deposit […]

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China: Winning Africa’s “White-Gold” Rush for Lithium

Courtesy of The Economist, a report on how China is winning Africa’s “white-gold” rush for lithium: A visit to the district of Goromonzi, in north-east Zimbabwe, is a lesson in economic history. Its fallow fields hint at the decay that followed the government’s seizure of white-owned farms more than two decades ago. In the surrounding hills […]

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Saudi Arabia Turns to Africa

Via Geopolitical Futures, a look at Saudi Arabia’s  increasing foreign policy and economic ambitions in Africa: Saudi Arabia is increasingly interested in building economic and diplomatic ties with Africa. Not long ago, the continent was nowhere near a priority in Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s foreign policy and investment agenda. This appears to have changed, […]

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Taking Stock: Ethiopia’s Plans For A 2024 Stock Market Launch

Via The Africa Report, a look at Ethiopia’s plans to launch its first stock market in 50 years in 2024: Ethiopia is on track to launch its first stock market for 50 years in the middle of 2024, Brook Taye, director general of the Ethiopian Capital Market Authority, tells The Africa Report. The KPMG accounting […]

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China, Turkmenistan Strengthen Cooperation

Via South China Morning Post, an article on Chinese and Turkmen vows to strengthen cooperation on energy and security At a meeting in Ashgabat, Chinese vice-premier says relations have taken a ‘significant leap’ It comes as Beijing is trying to step up ties with its neighbours in resource-rich Central Asia China and Turkmenistan have pledged […]

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Carbon Credits: Africa’s Next Big Export?

Courtesy of The Economist, a report on how African leaders are eyeing carbon markets as a source of scarce capital: In her small house in Nairobi, Kenya’s capital, Rose Muthoni shows off her snazzy blue stove. Until recently she was one of the roughly 80% of sub-Saharan Africans who use firewood or charcoal for cooking. […]

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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.