What's Next: Sept 22, 2017

Theresa May addresses the United Nations General Assembly at UN headquarters, in New York City, on Sept 20, 2017.
Theresa May addresses the United Nations General Assembly at UN headquarters, in New York City, on Sept 20, 2017. PHOTO: AFP

Theresa May to address EU on Brexit

British Prime Minister Theresa May speaks today in Florence, Italy, on Britain's future relationship with the European Union (EU).

Negotiations on the terms of the divorce with the EU have made limited progress since Mrs May started a two-year countdown to Brexit in March. That has prompted warnings from the EU that discussions on the future relationship between the two could be pushed back from their intended start next month.

Gender pay gap on fund-raiser agenda

There remains a stubborn gap in the pay that men and women in Singapore get. Last year, the median monthly income of men here was one-fifth higher than the median for women.

The issue will be discussed tonight at a fund-raiser by the Singapore Committee for UN Women. Guest of honour Ong Ye Kung, Minister for Education (Higher Education and Skills) and Second Minister for Defence, will deliver a speech.

US, euro zone economic growth data

The United States and euro zone will release flash estimates of their composite purchasing managers' index for September today - readings which estimate the strength of their economies through the growth of their manufacturing and service sectors.

Last month, consultancy IHS Markit's gauge showed a reading of 55.3 for the US and 57.4 for euro zone. Readings above 50 are indicators of growth.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 22, 2017, with the headline 'What's Next'. Print Edition | Subscribe