What's Next: October 5, 2016

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May delivering a speech at the Conservative party annual conference in Birmingham, central England, on Oct 2, 2016.
Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May delivering a speech at the Conservative party annual conference in Birmingham, central England, on Oct 2, 2016. PHOTO: AFP

British PM to give key speech

British Prime Minister Theresa May will deliver a keynote speech today to close her governing Conservative Party's annual conference. She kicked off the meeting on Sunday by announcing her decision to trigger Brexit negotiations by the end of March next year. The tough tone in her speech signals that, while she wants free trade with the European Union, she is prepared to leave the single market if necessary, analysts suggest.

Celebrating best of tourism industry

Singapore will be celebrating its finest in the tourism industry today with an annual awards ceremony attended by President Tony Tan Keng Yam. The ceremony comes amid declining tourist spending due to an uncertain economic outlook.

World Bank update on region

The East Asia and Pacific economic update, the World Bank's semi-annual review of the region's developing economies, will be released this morning.

The update looks at the region's growth prospects and policy challenges, both in the short and medium term, amid an economic rebalancing in China and a challenging growth environment for emerging markets in general.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 05, 2016, with the headline 'What's Next'. Print Edition | Subscribe