What's Next: March 17, 2016

Meeting on migrant issue

A two-day meeting of the European Commission, the European Union's executive arm, will be convened today. It is aimed at trying to get a deal with Turkey on avoiding an influx of migrants. EU and Turkish leaders agreed on a tentative plan last week that would see new migrants landing in Greece sent back to Turkey. But there has been a growing pushback against the deal, with some EU nations warning against attempts by Turkey to "blackmail" Europe.

Forum on cancer control

Ministers and policymakers from across Asia, representatives from the World Health Organisation, academia and the healthcare industry are gathering in Singapore today to examine the state of cancer control in the region. The Economist Events' Health Care Forum: War on Cancer 2016, will also see experts talking about effectively managing economic and social impacts, to deliver comprehensive cancer care.

S'pore to announce trade figures

Singapore will announce its trade and non-oil domestic exports (Nodx) data for February today, and it will be keenly watched after last month's dismal figures. Year on year, China exports plunged 25.2 per cent - a low point of a bleak picture - in January while the overall Nodx was down 9.9 per cent. The data comes a day after officials cut the economic growth forecast for 2016 from 2.2 per cent to 1.9 per cent.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 17, 2016, with the headline 'What's Next: March 17, 2016'. Print Edition | Subscribe