What's Next: March 24, 2017

New China-Australia trade pact likely

Visiting Chinese Premier Li Keqiang is expected to sign a new trade agreement with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and hold a joint press conference today.

Mr Turnbull had said that he hoped China and Australia could sign new bilateral agreements at a time of "increasingly loud voices calling for a retreat from the project of global economic liberalisation into protectionism".

MOU on new career programme

Singapore Polytechnic and NTUC's Employment & Employability Institute (e2i) will sign a memorandum of understanding today. The tie-up will see a new Career Excellence Immersion Programme rolled out by e2i in July for graduates embarking on the SkillsFuture Earn & Learn Programmes managed by the polytechnic. It is a first of its kind industry-specific programme to drive job-ready capabilities at the tertiary level.

Industrial production data out today

Data for Singapore's industrial production for February will be released today, with seasonal factors possibly having a significant impact. Industrial production last month is expected to have risen 10.8 per cent year-on-year, according to the median forecast in a Reuters poll. Analysts noted that the monthly data could be skewed by the timing of the Chinese New Year holiday, which fell in February last year but came in January this year.

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