Archive for the ‘Brazil’ Category

Brazil Joins Race to Loosen China’s Grip on Rare Earths Industry

Via Reuters, a report on Brazil’s potential to loosen China’s grip on rare earths industry: Mining giant Brazil has big ambitions to build a rare earths industry as Western economies push to secure the metals needed for magnets used in green energy and defence and break China’s dominance of the supply chain. Working to its […]

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Latin America: World’s Trade Pipsqueak

Via The Economist, a look at why Latin America’s international trade trails most emerging markets: Follow a lorry laden with Brazilian-made cars as it inches down the hairpin bends of the Paso Internacional Los Libertadores (pictured) into Chile and the challenges of trade within Latin America become clear. Four times the lorry grinds to a halt as […]

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Saudi Arabia Holds Investment Summit in Brazil, Plans to Invest $15B

Via Al Monitor, an article on Saudi Arabia’s plans to invest $15 billion in Brazil, bolstering already strong economic relations based largely on mining, meat and oil: Saudi Arabia is set to invest billions of dollars in Brazil, a Brazilian official said at a conference in Rio de Janeiro this week, as mining, trade and geopolitical […]

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Saudi Arabia Courts Latin America and the Caribbean

Via The Americas Quarterly, a report on Saudi Arabia’s increased engagement with Latina America and the Caribbean: Last November, a group of Caribbean dignitaries departed from Barbados and Miami in two private jets headed for Riyadh. Following the inaugural CARICOM-Saudi Arabia Summit, they returned with a $2.5 billion investment commitment for Caribbean development. The pledge, announced by Guyana’s President Irfaan Ali, was […]

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Brazilian Niobium Carves Out An Energy Niche

Courtesy of The Financial Times, an article on Brazilian niobium: Among Brazil’s abundant mineral riches — from iron ore and gold to precious stones and copper — is one niche metal that almost no other country can claim to produce at scale: niobium. The dominant producer, Companhia Brasileira de Metalurgia e Mineração (CBMM), is exploring new […]

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Why the World Has Gone Cuckoo for Copper

Courtesy of the Wall Street Journal, an article on how the U.S. and China are competing to acquire the metal essential for EVs and data centers. It is also at the center of a $43 billion takeover battle: After one of the world’s top copper producers recently hit a financial crunch, the Biden administration started huddling […]

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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.