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The Week Ahead in Finance (07-04-2014)

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Each week brings you five things to look out for in the week ahead (07-04-2014). Essential news that will shape the week and help you keep ahead in the world of business and finance.

Indian elections begin: The Indian elections kick off today, pitting the ruling Congress party against the BJP. This is one of the world's largest democratic exercises, taking place over six weeks, and will determine who will lead the country for the next five-year term.

IMF-World Bank Spring Meeting: On Wednesday, the 2014 International Monetary Fund and World Bank Group Spring Meeting will take place in Washington. Thousands of professionals from the academic and private sectors will attend to discuss issues relating to the world's economy, international development, and financial markets.

UK February figures: This week will also see the release of UK February figures for the manufacturing and construction sectors. While manufacturing output is thought to have grown, analysts are predicting a fall in construction activity due to the country’s severe flooding.

New free-trade deal: On Tuesday, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott will meet South Korean President Park Geun-hye to sign their new free-trade deal - an agreement which concludes six years of talks.

Africa Investment Forum: The Africa Investment Forum will be held in Addis Ababa on Tuesday this week, bringing together investors and projects with the aim of enhancing African trade.

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Tags: Addis Ababa , Africa , Australia , BJP , Congress party , construction , election , free trade , growth , IMF , India , International Monetary Fund , investment , manufacture , Park Geun-hye , South Korea , Tony Abbott , UK , World Bank Group
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