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  1. Scrapping the one-child policy won't boost China's birth rate

    Posted Jul 13th 2012, 12:00am

    ... boom. Now, however, academics are beginning to worry that the policy has been too effective at suppressing China's birth rate. Unless people are allowed to have more babies soon, they warn ... to just 1.6, well below the 2.1 rate needed to maintain population numbers. But as the first chart shows, the big fall in China's birth rate took place in the mid-1970s, before the imposition ...

  2. Married teens top birth rate statistics

    Posted Nov 23rd 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Ng Yuk-hang Married teenagers have the highest birth rate of any female age groups, new government statistics show. For every 1,000 married women aged 15 to 19 in 2006- the latest figures available- 668 became mothers. This was an increase from 342 in 1986 and 521 in 2001. The latest birth rate among married teens was the highest across all age groups. Among every 1,000 married women ...

  3. City's declining birth rate a good indication of population stress

    Posted Oct 13th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... A number of people have called for a higher birth rate in Hong Kong. With all due respect, this is possibly the last thing Hong Kong needs. Instead of intoning the phrase 'replacement ... To make 6.9 million the arbitrary replacement level simply because it is the current number is ill-conceived. One cannot attribute the low birth rate solely to employers' influence ...

  4. Think-tank mulls ways to boost record low birth rate

    Posted Sep 24th 2005, 12:00am by Ravina Shamdasani, Vivienne Chow

    ... Exemption from maid levy and paternity leave considered A government think-tank studying Hong Kong's birth rate is reportedly considering exempting couples from the domestic helper ... called on Hong Kong couples to have at least three children to help alleviate the ageing population problem. Hong Kong's birth rate was the lowest in the world at 0.94 children per woman ...

  5. We won't push birth rate: health chief

    Posted Feb 24th 2005, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... Mary Ann Benitez Hong Kong is not Singapore, the health chief insisted yesterday when asked if the government would adopt a Lion City-style tax-incentive package to boost the birth rate ... alleviate the ageing population problem. Hong Kong's birth rate was the lowest in the world at 0.94 children per woman of child-bearing age in 2003. Last year's rate, to be announced ...

  6. Boosting the birth rate critical for HK's future

    Posted Sep 24th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... sliding birth rate. It will say no more. Its advice will be confidential to the government in its deliberations on population policy. Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen is taking a personal ... more children. It would be best for them to have three, he said. The policy unit has an unenviable task. Advanced economies around the world face population ageing through falling birth rates ...

  7. Incentives may be offered to boost birth rate

    Posted Feb 22nd 2005, 12:00am by Gary Cheung, Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... three children in a desperate attempt to halt the sliding birth rate. This was disclosed by Chief Secretary and population taskforce chief Donald Tsang Yam-kuen, who said 'we have to come up with some ideas' to lift the fertility rate. 'Couples, particularly the younger ones, should at least give birth to three kids to help alleviate the ageing population,' Mr ...

  8. Booming birth rate a threat to growth

    Posted Nov 13th 2004, 12:00am by David Marsh

    ... in the world. Mr Hang said the birth rate remained highest in poor rural areas, where large families were traditional and birth control rare. But the rate was also rising in the large cities as more ... state authorities fear. Officials expect 2004 will be the second consecutive year that Vietnam sees a record population increase. At present growth rates, the population will reach 100 million ...

  9. Official sounds alarm over high rate of birth defects

    Posted Sep 08th 2004, 12:00am by Josephine Ma

    ... 'There are multiple causes of birth defects, including poor nutritional practices, environmental factors, and poor antenatal and delivery care. 'Reducing the rate [of birth defects] is one ... as only defects identified by simple inspections were included in the statistics. Wang Guoqiang said there was no room for complacency even though China has reduced its annual birth rate- from 2.1 ...

  10. Drastic action needed to raise the birth rate

    Posted May 07th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Few trends raise as many questions about the future shape of society as a falling birth rate and an ageing population. How will a declining number of working-age people meet the cost ... Kong's birth rate last year was 0.9 per woman, compared with nearly three per woman in 1980- far short of the 2.1 needed to keep the population level. We have relied on immigration from ...




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