What's Next: March 03, 2017

Top China political advisory body meets

The annual meeting of China's top political advisory body, the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), kicks off today.

Over 2,000 members of the CPPCC National Committee from across the country will discuss important political, social and economic issues, and make proposals. Held in Beijing, the CPPCC lasts for about 10 days.

Art lights up Marina Bay

i Light Marina Bay 2017 returns for the fifth edition today with 20 sustainable light art installations, illuminating the Marina Bay waterfront in a splash of art and colour.

Held at The Promontory@Marina Bay, the event includes several other programmes, like the Fantastical World of eco.me by The Rice company and the PasarBella & Friends Go To Town, a pop-up market.

Key US economic data today

A private gauge of non-manufacturing employment for February will be released in the United States today, along with other data like the composite purchasing managers' index and non-manufacturing business activity. Investors are looking forward to the data, as well as to a speech by Fed chair Janet Yellen later today to reaffirm a view that interest rates are likely to go up this month. The odds for a rate hike in two weeks swelled past 65 per cent.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 03, 2017, with the headline 'What's Next'. Print Edition | Subscribe