Morning Minutes: What will make headlines, Jan 20, 2016

People walk outside the Congress Center on the eve of the opening of the 46th Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum.
People walk outside the Congress Center on the eve of the opening of the 46th Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum. PHOTO: EPA

Good morning! Morning Minutes is a round-up of stories that will break on Wednesday, Jan 20, and which we think you'd be interested in.

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World Economic Forum starts in Davos

The World Economic Forum begins today in the Alpine resort of Davos, Switzerland, bringing together some 2,500 political, business and community leaders to discuss the world’s most pressing problems. The forum’s slogan is “committed to improving the state of the world”, and foremost among their concerns this year may be whether problems in China, whose rapidly slowing economy has rattled stock and commodity markets worldwide, could cause a relapse into global financial instability just as Europe and the United States are recovering from the last crisis. 

Yishun to be Singapore's first dementia-friendly town


Yishun is set to be Singapore's first dementia-friendly town. PHOTO: ST FILE

Yishun is set to be Singapore's first dementia-friendly town, with over 3,000 students, frontline staff in restaurants and shops and residents there trained on how to spot those with dementia and how to interact with and assist these people.

Health Minister Gan Kim Yong had said last year that tackling dementia needs to go beyond the "hardware" to fostering community support by creating dementia-friendly communities. Khoo Teck Puat Hospital and Lien Foundation are spearheading these efforts in Yishun. - JANICE TAI

Findings of SME growth survey

Results of the inaugural SME Growth and Financing Survey by StanChart and Singapore Business Federation will be unveiled today at a press conference. The briefing will cover trends around small and medium-sized enterprises' growth outlook for 2016, their plans for Asia expansion and financing needs to grow their business in the region.