Ana Balat is specialised in alternative investments in the Afro-Eurasian regions, in particular in the Middle East, Africa, Central and Southeast Asia.
In the 21st century, this region, from the Sahara Desert to the Indonesian Archipelago, has transformed into a theatre where the battle for the supply of commodities manifests itself. It is the transit area for the highest tonnages of commodities in the world, with nearly 40 per cent of the world’s seaborne crude oil passing through the Strait of Hormuz in the West of the Indian Ocean. The region maintains the world’s largest concentration of onshore and offshore oil and gas reserves. The Indian Ocean’s four strategic waterways are responsible for over 80 per cent of the global sea oil transits and include: the Suez Canal (Egypt); Bab el Mandab (Djibouti-Yemen); the Strait of Hormuz (Iran-Oman); and the world’s busiest waterway, the Strait of Malacca (Indonesia-Malaysia), with 50 percent of the world’s merchant fleet anchored. Despite the dependency of the West on the region, it is the train of supply between China and India on one end, and the countries of the Persian Gulf, Iran, and Africa on the other, that has in recent years accelerated beyond recognition.