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  1. Employers urged to value older staff

    Posted Jun 10th 2006, 12:00am by Dennis Eng

    ... 'It's about changing people's behaviour as a result of economic demand,' Dr Bombaci said. He stressed that Hong Kong's fertility rate of less than one child per couple was likely to persist over the next few decades, with no short-term solution in sight. According to government data, Hong Kong's fertility rate fell to 0.93 children per couple in 2004, handing the city ...

  2. Old age threatens China's new ascent

    Posted Mar 29th 2007, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... that will weigh very heavily on China,' he said. It was not a message they wanted to hear. China's fertility rate has plummeted from an average 5.8 births per woman in 1970 to just 1.7 today. ... population is aged 60 or above. Assuming a constant fertility rate, by 2035 the country will be older on average than the United States, with more than 25 per cent of its people aged above 60 (see ...

  3. HK's rich hesitate to have babies

    Posted Apr 10th 2012, 12:00am

    ... fertility rate is the third-lowest in the world- only Macau and Singapore rank lower. The low birth rate has raised fears of a looming labour shortage. A government manpower study concluded ... Kong's population was growing despite the low fertility rate, thanks to immigration. He said relying on policy measures to increase the birth rate usually had limited success. ...

  4. In Brief

    Posted Dec 28th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... assistants, as their hourly rates were low. Median age has increased by 13 years since 1981 The median age rose from 26.3 in 1981 to 39.6 last year due to declining fertility and people living longer, the Census and Statistics Department said. The total fertility rate over the past 25 years fell by nearly half, from 1,933 live births per 1,000 women in 1981 to 984 last year. Life expectancy ...

  5. News - Hong Kong - ON SECOND THOUGHT

    Hong Kong needs to do more to counter pregnancy discrimination

    Posted Aug 20th 2012, 12:00am by LAM WOON-KWONG

    ... of our extremely low fertility rate and misses the chance to benefit from a wider pool of talents and capabilities. So what is to be done? To start with, the government must facilitate ...

  6. Adaptation the key to surviving an evolutionary trend

    Posted Nov 04th 2004, 12:00am by Louis Beckerling

    ... are experiencing zero population growth and a 'greying' of their population pyramids. None more so than Hong Kong, where the fertility rate has fallen to the lowest level in the world, with only ... Louis Beckerling Banks that have clung to survival by taking in customer deposits and lending at higher rates of interest to borrowers than they pay their depositors are rapidly becoming ...

  7. Lai See

    Posted Mar 14th 2007, 12:00am by Ben Kwok

    ... on the fertility rate in Hong Kong. 'When it comes to giving birth to babies, it is always the earlier the better,' said Mr Yuen. 'Also the more the better.' The roles of chief ... billion cash on hand, 'has such a strong capital base that its credit rating won't change even if it tripled its annual capital expenditure'. Majority shareholder John Swire & ...

  8. There is life after the death of a great port

    Posted Dec 18th 2003, 12:00am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... as it was in London and New York, much slower population growth and perhaps even a decline in population (we are headed that way in any case with our fertility rate), but this is no reason why people who ...

  9. Singapore and babynomics

    Posted Jun 19th 2007, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... duty to procreate, the Singapore dollar will crash in the foreign exchange market. The paper's authors were not talking about ordinary, everyday market exchange rates. They were examining the effect of falling fertility on something called the real effective exchange rate, an altogether slippier concept. The first thing to understand about a country's real effective exchange rate ...

  10. Mainland offers window of opportunity

    Posted Apr 19th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... with senior mainland officials, including those from the Ministry of Information Industry. The mainland is seen as a fertile market for WiMAX. Broadband penetration rates are low, and remote areas ...




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