Natural resources and energy
Despite a recent announcement that OPEC will meet in September, a number of factors mean that any deal to cap production is still extremely unlikely.
Low oil prices wrecked havoc with US shale producers, but increasingly the industry appears to be adapting successfully to new market conditions.
A new helium find will spur mining in Tanzania, yet this risks increasing tensions with indigenous communities over land rights, threatening investors.
Fighting pollution and overcapacity, China is deregulating its energy sector, opening up one of the country’s last unexploited markets.
Central and Eastern Europe are looking for ways to diversify their energy supply. LNG supplied via Croatia provides a promising opportunity.
The Colombian Constitutional Court recently banned mining in areas known as paramos, highlighting how judicial activism replaces regulation.