Good morning! Morning Minutes is a round-up of stories that will break on Wednesday, Aug 31, and which we think you'd be interested in.
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Peace conference in Myanmar
Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi faces what could be the toughest test of her leadership yet when she opens a major ethnic peace conference on Wednesday (Aug 31) aimed at ending conflicts that have blighted the country since its independence.
The five-day talks will bring hundreds of ethnic minority rebel leaders to the capital, along with military top brass and international delegates such as United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon.
July lending data to be released
Data for Singapore's total bank lending for July will be released on Wednesday (Aug 31).
In June, lending fell on shrinking loans to the manufacturing and financial sectors, offset by rising housing and bridging loans.
Loans and advances by domestic banks amounted to $590.5 billion in June, down from $592.8 billion in May.
President Tony Tan visits Super Puma Squadrons
President Tony Tan will visit the Super Puma Squadrons of the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) at the Sembawang Air Base (SBAB) on Wednesday (Aug 31).
There he will be briefed on the RSAF’s helicopter capabilities and be taken on a familiarisation ride on board the Super Puma helicopter. He will also observe a Search and Rescue (SAR) team activation.