Morning Minutes: What will make headlines, March 17, 2016

An image of a cancer cell.
An image of a cancer cell.PHOTO: A*STAR

Good morning! Morning Minutes is a round-up of stories that will break on Thursday, March 17, and which we think you'd be interested in.

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Forum to examine the state of cancer control in the region

Ministers and policy makers from across Asia, representatives from the World Health Organisation (WHO), academia and the health care industry are gathering in Singapore on Thursday (March 17) to examine the state of cancer control in the region. The Economist Events’ Health Care Forum: War on Cancer 2016, will also see experts talking about effectively managing economic and social impacts, to deliver comprehensive cancer care. - SALMA KHALIK

European Commission meeting on migrant crisis


An European Union flag flutters outside the EU Commission headquarters in Brussels. PHOTO: REUTERS

A two-day meeting of the European Commission, the European Union’s executive arm, will be convened on Thursday (March 17). It is aimed at trying to get a deal with Turkey on avoiding an influx of migrants. EU and Turkish leaders agreed on a tentative plan last week that would see new migrants landing in Greece sent back to Turkey. But there has been a growing pushback against the deal, with some EU nations warning against attempts by Turkey to “blackmail” Europe.

Indonesia's bank expected to cut interest rate


The entrance of Bank Indonesia's headquarters in Jakarta, Indonesia. PHOTO: REUTERS

Indonesia’s central bank, under pressure from the government to help lift economic growth, is expected to cut its benchmark interest rate again on Thursday (March 17). The decision will be announced shortly after a policy meeting of the Federal Reserve, which is widely expected to keep U.S. rates steady. Bank Indonesia (BI) cut the key rate by 50 basis points (bps) at policy meetings in January and February. It has also slashed a reserve requirement ratio, saying this gives banks the ability to lend an additional 52 trillion rupiah ($3.95 billion). BI is forecast to cut the key rate another 25 bps to 6.75 per cent on Thursday (March 17).