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G20 experts give insights on long-term investments
Singapore’s Ministry of Finance is hosting experts and officials from the G20 countries and international organisations for a four-day series of G20-related investment and infrastructure meetings this week. The meetings wrap up today with a G20-OECD Singapore High Level Roundtable, segments of which are open to media coverage. The roundtable will discuss key issues on long-term investment, with participation by eminent international industry stakeholders. - MARISSA LEE
Symposium on Asian Banking and Finance 2015 begins today
The Monetary Authority of Singapore and Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco will co-host the two-day 2015 Symposium on Asian Banking and Finance starting today. This flagship event brings together an exclusive group of leading policymakers, market participants and academics for a candid dialogue on the shifting financial landscape in Asia. - CHIA YAN MIN
Britain to prepare for EU membership referendum
Britain's Conservative government will today introduce a law paving the way for a referendum on the country’s membership of the European Union (EU). The introduction of the law comes a day after Queen Elizabeth gave a speech at the ceremonial opening of parliament announcing Prime Minister David Cameron’s legislative plan for the coming year. The in-out referendum on membership of the EU will be held before the end of 2017.
Mr Cameron, who says he would prefer to stay inside a reformed EU but isn’t “ruling anything out” if it fails to change, was re-elected on May 7 on a pledge to reshape ties with the bloc before allowing Britons to vote on whether to stay or leave. The law will also be introduced as Mr Cameron begins a European tour to try to charm sometimes reluctant counterparts into endorsing the EU reform. Parliament could reportedly start debating it as early as next month.
G7 finance leaders to discuss Greek debt while keeping wary eye on Russia
Finance ministers of the G7 will meet today and tomorrow in the German city of Dresden with Greece's financing and debt problems likely to be in focus. The United States is expected to press European Union (EU) countries on the sidelines of the meeting to reach a deal on funding-for-reforms with cash-strapped Greece, which is not a G7 member. United States, Canada, Britain, Japan, Germany, France and Italy make up the G7. US officials have told Reuters they are wary of the geopolitical risks should Greece turn to Russia for financial help.
Metro to announce full-year results
Metro Holdings, will be releasing its financial results for the full year ended March 31, 2015 today. Its management will also hold a press conference to provide an update on corporate developments. - RACHAEL BOON
Neo Group releasing results after acquiring DoDo fishball stake
Food caterer Neo Group is announcing today its financial results for the full year ended March 31, 2015. This follows the recent announcement of the group’s first major acquisition since listing of a 55 per cent-stake in the parent company of the popular “DoDo” brand of fishballs. - PHYLLIS HO