The European Central Bank and Bank of Japan are among Group of Seven institutions leading the charge this week with their first interest-rate meetings of 2020, each of which may set the tone for the year ahead.
Thailand has begun the year with a ban on single-use plastic bags at major stores, continuing a campaign launched by the government and retailers towards a complete ban in 2021 to reduce waste and debris in the sea.
The eurozone economy will slow down in 2020 for the third consecutive year, according to a Financial Times poll of economists, who forecast it will be held back by political instability, trade tensions and disruption in the auto industry.
Economic growth in Russia is set to gather pace in 2020 along with consumer inflation as the central bank completes its cycle of interest rate cuts in the first quarter of the year, a monthly Reuters poll showed on Tuesday.
The Tokyo 2020 Olympics are expected to cost some ¥1.35 trillion ($12.6 billion), organizers said Friday, unveiling a final budget showing increased revenue balancing out extra costs including countermeasures against heat.