What's Next: August 20, 2015

Tourists gathering for a shot in front of Marina Bay Sands.
Tourists gathering for a shot in front of Marina Bay Sands. ST PHOTO: LIM SIN THAI

Release of wholesale trade data

The Department of Statistics will release data on Singapore's wholesale trade for the second quarter today. The first-quarter numbers were dismal, with domestic wholesale trade slumping 25.8 per cent year-on-year, dragged down by the lower prices of petroleum and chemical products.

Wholesale trade is one of the largest sectors in Singapore's economy, providing a significant number of jobs.

France, Britain to ink migrant pact

France's Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve and his British counterpart Theresa May will today sign a deal aimed at alleviating the migrant crisis in the northern port of Calais.

The deal will focus on securing the area where thousands of people desperate to get to Britain have gathered, in an effort to tackle human trafficking rings and improve aid for migrants, France's interior ministry said.

Better training for tourist guides

New initiatives will be introduced soon to improve training and professionalism of tourist guides here. The Tourist Guide Tripartite Taskforce will reveal these measures today. The task force - which comprises representatives from the Singapore Tourism Board, Singapore Workforce Development Agency and Employment and Employability Institute - had consulted various stakeholders before coming up with the recommendations.

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