The week ahead, March 24-28

It’s international conference season with meetings on Asian investment, Asean economies, African oil refining, small states and The Economist’s Nigeria summit. Plus a flurry of interest rate decisions and economic data.

Monday, March 24
* 17th Annual Credit Suisse Asian Investment Conference, Hong Kong (to March 28)
* Reuters Asean 2014 Summit, Singapore (to March 28)
* African Refiners’ Association downstream oil conference, Marrakesh (to March 28)
* The Economist Nigeria Summit, Lagos (to March 25)

Economic data:
Market holiday in Argentina and Colombia
Taiwan March unemployment, retail sales, industrial production
China flash HSBC/Markit manufacturing PMI
Taiwan February industrial prodution

Brazil February current account
Mexico February unemployment

Czech Republic consumer and business confidence indices

Tuesday, March 25
* Soyuz 38 blasts off from Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, with three cosmonauts bound for the International Space Station
* Hungary interest rate decision
* Nigeria interest rate decision

Economic data:
Poland February retail sales and unemployment
Turkey central bank minutes, real sector confidence, capacity utilisation
Philippines January trade balance
Mexico January GDP proxy
Colombia February industry and retail confidence

Wednesday, March 26
* Third Biennial Conference on Small States, St Lucia (to March 27)
* FT Report: Doing Business in Brazil’s North East

Economic data:
South Korea Q4 GDP

Thailand February trade
Brazil lending and default rates

Thursday, March 27
* South Africa interest rate decision
* Czech Republic interest rate decision
* Taiwan interest rate decision
* Philippines interest rate decision

Economic data:
Argentina Q4 GDP, January economic activity index
South Africa trade and budget balance

Brazil February unemployment
Mexico February trade
Zambia March CPI

Friday, March 28
* Romania interest rate decision
* Zambia interest rate decision

Economic data:
South Korea February industrial production
Thailand February manufacturing output
Hungary February unemployment
Turkey March consumer confidence
Croatia February industrial production
Botswana Q4 GDP
Mauritius Q4 GDP

Souces: Thomson Reuters, S&P Capital IQ, Barclays