MORNING MINUTES: What will make headlines, Oct 16, 2015

Minister for Social and Family Development, Mr Tan Chaun-Jin will attend the MSF volunteer awards today.
Minister for Social and Family Development, Mr Tan Chaun-Jin will attend the MSF volunteer awards today.PHOTO: THE NEW PAPER

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MSF Volunteer Awards to be held today

A special event today, the MSF Volunteer Awards (MVA), will recognise some of the volunteers who have dedicated time and effort to serve the community and helped to reach out to those in need. It is themed, "A Volunteer, My Friend". This year, the MVA will pay tribute to volunteers receiving seven Outstanding Volunteer awards, 14 “Friends of MSF” awards, and 163 long service awards ranging from 5 to 40 years of service.  Mr Tan Chuan-Jin , Minister for Social and Family Development and Parliamentary Secretary Associate Professor Faishal Ibrahim will attend the event. - JANICE TAI

Latin Asia Business Forum 2015 to take place today


Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam (centre) with president and chief executive of Development Bank of Latin America (CAF) Enrique Garcia (left) and Americas Society and Council of the Americas president and CEO Susan Segal at the 10th Latin Asia Business Forum at Raffles City Convention Centre on 2 Oct 2013. ST PHOTO: LAU FOOK KONG

International Enterprise Singapore’s Latin Asia Business Forum 2015, an annual talkfest fostering trade, investments and thought leadership between Asia and Latin America will take place today. Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for Economic and Social Policies, Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam, is guest of honour at the forum. - WONG WEI HAN

Chan Chun Sing guest of honour at SIAS dinner


Mr Chan Chun Sing, Minister for Prime Minister’s Office and Secretary-General for National Trade Union Congress. ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE

The Corporate Governance Week will end today with the Securities Investors Association of Singapore's 16th Investors’ Choice Award dinner. Mr Chan Chun Sing, Minister for Prime Minister’s Office and Secretary-General for National Trade Union Congress is guest of honour. - JEREMY KOH

South Korea reaffirms ties with US


South Korean President Park Geun Hye. PHOTO: BLOOMBERG

Visiting South Korean President Park Geun Hye will meet US President Barack Obama at the White House today (Oct 16) for their fourth summit since 2013. Ms Park, seen by some as leaning too close to a rising China, is expected to reaffirm a strong US-Korea alliance as well as discuss recent provocations by North Korea and the resumption of long-stalled denuclearisation talks with the pariah state. Mr Obama, on his part, will likely stress the need for South Korea to improve relations with another key US ally Japan that have been tarnished by continued debates over Imperial Japan’s war-time treatment of Koreans.