What's Next: April 4, 2017

Economists are betting against a rate increase by the Reserve Bank of Australia when it meets today.
Economists are betting against a rate increase by the Reserve Bank of Australia when it meets today. PHOTO: AFP

Global meeting to discuss Syria

A two-day international conference on Syria hosted by the European Union will see over 70 foreign ministers, international organisations and civil society groups gather in Brussels today for another attempt to plot a way forward for the war-ravaged country.

As the seventh year of the conflict looms, one of the prime objectives in Brussels is to consider the prospects for international aid to rebuild the country.

NUS forum on stopping mass extinction

Tembusu College of the National University of Singapore (NUS) is hosting a forum titled "Can we stop the mass extinction of species?" today. Weighing in will be experts from the National Parks Board, World Wide Fund for Nature Singapore and Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum at NUS.

Australian central bank meets today

Economists are betting against a rate increase by the Reserve Bank of Australia when it meets today, as wage growth is low, the job market remains lacklustre and inflation hovers below the target band of 2 per cent to 3 per cent. The central bank had, last month, left the cash rate steady at a record low of 1.5 per cent, as policymakers judged this would be consistent with sustainable growth in the economy and achieving the inflation target over time.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 04, 2017, with the headline 'What's Next'. Print Edition | Subscribe