Monday – May 5
Portuguese bailout details
Portuguese prime minister Pedro Passos Coelho is expected to announce details of his country’s bailout exit. Portugal is the second eurozone country, after Ireland, to exit its three-year bailout programme, a remarkable turnround from only six months ago, when many investors and officials were convinced Lisbon would need a second full bailout.
Human rights protection
A UN working group meets in Geneva to put in place guiding principles in business and human rights and implement a “protect, respect and remedy network” (to May 9).
Manoeuvres near Manila
Military officials are due to start joint military exercises between the Philippines and the US north of Manila (to May 16). President Barack Obama has said a military pact that grants a larger presence for US forces will bolster maritime security. (to May 16).
Tuesday – May 6
Light in the tunnel
The 20th anniversary of the opening of the Channel tunnel linking England to France is marked with a plaque unveiling ceremony at the French end. Groupe Eurotunnel, the company that emerged from a 2007 restructuring, paid its first dividend in 2009 and last year posted record revenues of €1.1bn.
Perspectives on scale
The London School of Economics holds a public lecture by Stanford University’s Professor Robert Sutton who will share lessons he learnt from a seven-year study of “the problem of more”.
Feast for seafood trade
Food buyers and sellers from more than 170 countries will visit the 1,600-plus exhibitors from 70 countries at the European Seafood Expo in Brussels, the largest seafood trade event in the world with more than 25,000 buyers and suppliers (to May 8).
Wednesday – May 7
South Africans go to polls
Elections in South Africa are expected to keep the African National Congress party in power. The ANC, currently led by president Jacob Zuma, has seen its star fade since the liberation struggle against white domination and the one term in office served by Nelson Mandela.
MediaPost hosts the Outfront Forum at New York’s Yale Club, a conference in which advertising buyers will discuss the current market as part of the overall media mix and forecast the industry’s next five years.
European leaders are expected at the EU-Japan summit in Brussels to talk about trade and launch a dialogue to boost cybersecurity. They are also expected to agree to hold an inaugural meeting for a Japanese-EU dialogue on the use of outer space later this year in Tokyo.
Picasso in the saleroom
Auction house Sotheby’s in London offers for sale a selection of ceramics by Pablo Picasso. The collection of more than 170 works includes plates, jugs, bowls and tiles. Estimates range from £400 to £60,000.
Waste not in the US
The North American Waste-to-Energy Conference, the leading conference and trade show focusing on municipal waste-to-energy operations and policy, legislation updates as well as technology and research initiatives, is in Reston, Virginia
(to May 9).
Thursday – May 8
African grains of hope
The Africa Progress Panel releases its report “Grain, Fish, Money – Financing Africa’s Green and Blue revolutions” at the World Economic Forum on Africa in Nigerian capital Abuja. It will highlight opportunities for Africa in the world’s growing demand for food and the critical importance of agriculture and fisheries.
Media’s finest meet
The Media 360 Conference at Tobacco Dock, London, is for experts in media and marketing, bringing together brands, advertising agencies and media owners (to May 9).
Friday – May 9
Cycling Tour starts
Cycling’s Giro d’Italia, the first Grand Tour of the season, gets under way with a team time trial in Belfast and ends three weeks later in Trieste. Last year’s winner, Italian Vincenzo Nibali of Astana, will not defend his red jersey, leaving the race wide open.
Saturday – May 10
Muslim leaders gather
The 57 member states of the Islamic Commission for Cultural, Economic and Social Affairs meet in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The commission was established in 1976 to handle economic, social and cultural co-operation issues for the Organisation of Islamic Co-operation (to May 12).
Fairer sources celebrated
World Fair Trade Day has as its theme “Fair Trade People” to celebrate producers and consumers who work collectively to ensure fair wages and sustainable livelihood for small producers.
Sunday – May 11
President seeks fresh term
Lithuania’s President Dalia Grybauskaite seeks a second five-year term as president with opinion polls showing her clear favourite to keep the job. The independent candidate, 57, became Lithuania’s first female president in 2009. The Baltic country wants to join the eurozone single currency bloc next year, following Latvia this January.
Netanyahu visits Japan
Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu visits Japan (to May 15). His visit comes at a time when the Middle East situation is increasingly tense. A deadline US secretary of state John Kerry set for peace talks passed last week without agreement to extend negotiations.
Promoting Arab industry
The IMF hosts a conference alongside the Jordanian government and the Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development in Amman. It includes sessions on tackling unemployment and improving business climate (to May 12).
Hamilton seeks win four
At the Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona, Lewis Hamilton goes for a fourth successive win for Mercedes. The Briton, who led from start to finish in the Chinese Grand Prix three weeks ago, is already a strong contender for a second championship title.
Monday – May 5