I was surprised to to be informed we have, in our national economic angst, overlooked some countries that score a double play when food and fuel are the best sellers. Are these the new winners in the 21st Century?
High oil and food prices are a double blow no nation can dodge entirely. Even oil states like Iran are seeing food-price protests. But there's a small class of farm-and-gas exporters for whom the dual spike is more opportunity than threat. Canada, Brazil, Vietnam and Thailand are all enjoying the windfalls, and even war-tattered Cambodia is now reimagining its future. It's "the only country in the world that has oil and gas reserves that are still untapped, as well as land available for agriculture," says Marvin Yeo, who left the Asian Development Bank to start one of Cambodia's first venture-capital firms. [More]Plus the Canucks can use their muscular dollar to come down south and buy all the fancy health care they have to wait for. I'd be jealous if they weren't such nice guys.