Morning Minutes: What will make headlines, Nov 18, 2016

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Good morning! Morning Minutes is a round-up of stories that will break on Friday (Nov 18) and which we think you'd be interested in.

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LAUNCH OF FOOD MANUFACTURING TRANSFORMATION MAP

Senior Minister of State Sim Ann will launch the Food Manufacturing Industry Transformation Map today, as the government initiative to draw up 23 industry-specific road maps gathers steam.

On Wednesday, the Logistics Industry Transformation Map aimed at reinforcing Singapore’s position as a global logistics hub was launched by Minister for Trade and Industry (Industry) S. Iswaran.

THERESA MAY AND ANGELA MERKEL TO DISCUSS BREXIT


German Chancellor Angela Merkel (right) and British Prime Minister Theresa May address a news conference following talks at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany on July 20, 2016. PHOTO: REUTERS 

British Prime Minister Theresa May will travel to Berlin to hold bilateral talks with her German counterpart, Angela Merkel today, when Britain's exit from the European Union is expected to dominate.

The German leader earlier this week signalled she was open to discussions on the rules around for the free movement of people in the EU, a key point of contention for Britain, in a move that could give Mrs May some leeway on the issue in the Brexit talks.

Mrs Merkel has previously maintained that the EU could not separate its four freedoms – of movement of goods, capital, people and services – simply to allow Britain to curb immigration while it still retains tariff-free access to the EU market. 

CHILDAID CHARITY CONCERT KICKS OFF


The 12th annual ChildAid charity concert opens on Friday (Nov 18) at Resorts World Sentosa, with 170 youngsters performing to raise funds for less fortunate children and young people. ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE 

The 12th annual ChildAid charity concert opens tonight at Resorts World Sentosa, with 170 young talents helping to raise funds for less fortunate children and young people. President Tony Tan Keng Yam will be the guest of honour. The two-night concert, organised by The Straits Times and The Business Times, is in support of two charities – The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund and The Business Times Budding Artists Fund.