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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Hong Kong must act now to create a comprehensive population policy

    Posted Aug 15th 2012, 12:00am

    ... The latest population projections from the Census and Statistics Department put into sharp focus challenges for Hong Kong that we are well aware of but have done little to address. Society ... the population policy task force by turning it into the Steering Committee on Population Policy in 2007 with the chief secretary in charge, but promised progress reports were never delivered. Despite ...

  2. Baby boom pushes population over 7m

    Posted Aug 14th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Staff Reporter A baby boom has helped to push the population past seven million, according to figures released yesterday. The data, released by the Census and Statistics Department, shows ... was another big factor behind the increase. Figures released earlier this year said the population had passed seven million by the end of last year. But the revised figures yesterday put ...

  3. Consensus vital on population policy

    Posted Aug 23rd 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Population policy is crucial to Hong Kong's development. Our population is lagging expected growth, and ageing. The proportion of the working age will become smaller and older ... to have this in mind when it launched a consultation on population policy. It collected views from 26 public meetings and nearly 1,700 comment cards. Polytechnic University analysed them ...

  4. HK's greying population poses problems

    Posted Jan 22nd 2007, 12:00am by Elaine Yau

    ... The city's prosperity may be at risk as the number of elderly people rises and couples put off having children, writes Elaine Yau An ageing population and a low birth rate are serious ... With ever-increasing longevity and a shrinking working population, concerns have been raised about the prospects for economic growth and the governments' ability to finance ballooning pension outlay. ...

  5. Campaign to coax couples into parenthood

    Posted May 07th 2006, 12:00am by Simon Parry

    ... of a large national population. 'It is not as if we are an isolated country only relying on the fertility rate of our own population. Despite the falling birth rate, our population is still ... population but that is wrong. We are still getting more and more people.' ...

  6. Ageing Hong Kong is coming up short

    Posted Oct 31st 2011, 12:00am

    ... Gary Cheung gary.cheung@scmp.com In 2007, Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen outlined his vision for a city with a population of 10 million to match metropolises like New York and London. Four years on, Hong Kong's population stands at 7.1 million and the city is struggling to cope with both an ageing population and low fertility rate. University of Hong Kong ...

  7. Hong Kong's government planners are out of control

    Posted Jan 06th 2012, 12:00am

    ... and West Kowloon reclamation projects.) The government says Hong Kong will need this new land to house its swelling population, which the Census and Statistics Department projects will grow by 25 ... 'usual resident' population numbered 6.9 million. Over the past 10 years, our annual birth rate has averaged 9.2 babies per 1,000 inhabitants, while the death rate has averaged 5.6 per ...

  8. Tsang vows new tactic to tackle home woes

    Posted Oct 10th 2011, 12:00am

    ... tradition', but did not divulge any details. He also promised to tackle problems surrounding the ageing population and the wealth gap. 'I have had different feelings during the preparation ... yesterday to voice their fears over high housing costs, inflation, poverty and the ageing population. They called on the government to resume the Home Ownership Scheme with an announcement ...

  9. Tsang's goal of a city of 10 million questioned

    Posted Jun 16th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Cheung Chi-fai and Joshua But The chief executive's comment in an interview that Hong Kong should aim for a population of 10 million in the long term was greeted with suspicion ... the population to age and shrink. We must grow in order to be competitive,' Mr Tsang said. He said the city had 'the fundamentals' to offer a 'reasonably good living' for 10 ...

  10. Lee dig at 'crowded HK'

    Posted Feb 03rd 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... while saying Singapore's population should not pass 5.5 million to preserve 'the sense of not being crammed'. Singapore currently has a population of 4.5 million in a land area of 682.7 sq km. Hong Kong's land area is roughly 1,042 sq km and the population is close to 7 million. In an interview with the Financial Times last June, Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen ...




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