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

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

    ... and population taskforce head, said 'we have to come up with some ideas' about how to increase the fertility rate. Mr Tsang on Monday urged couples to have at least three children to help ... 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 ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. 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 ... Kong's chronically low birth rate by encouraging couples not to leave it too late to start planning a family. The campaign, funded partly by the International Planned Parenthood Federation, ...

  4. Ageing Hong Kong is coming up short

    Posted Oct 31st 2011, 12:00am

    ... 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 ... by 2030. Hong Kong's fertility rate is among the lowest in the world, dropping to a historic low of 0.9 births per woman in 2003. Despite a rebound to 1.1 in 2010, it is still far below ...

  5. Mayor rejects marriage proposal

    Posted Feb 25th 2005, 12:00am by Josephine Ma

    ... Yam-kuen that Hong Kong should consider ways to attract 'young, single men' to the city. Hong Kong has a low fertility rate and there will be just 70 men for every 100 women by 2031. Mr ... Josephine Ma The mayor of China's most populous city yesterday said he would not support deliberate efforts to promote cross-border marriages to raise Hong Kong's birth rate ...

  6. 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 is fast ageing, the workforce shrinking, fertility rates are among the lowest in the world and the ratio of females to males is widening. They are matters crucial to our city's growth, ...

  7. Target middlemen behind births surge

    Posted Jan 08th 2012, 12:00am

    ... must not be tolerated. With one of the lowest fertility rates in the world, Hong Kong may be able to count on the newborn children to provide our city with young people. Instead of shutting ...

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

    Posted Jan 06th 2012, 12:00am

    ... of the lowest fertility rates in the world. That means, as our population gets even older, there will be more deaths and fewer births. This declining natural growth rate means the city's population ... '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 ...

  9. Consensus vital on population policy

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

    ... recommendations, the report generalises about what the government can do to make Hong Kong a more attractive place to live, lift the fertility rate and cater for an ageing population. Examples ... the mainland- and lifting the fertility rate. That calls for consensus on population policy. We must ensure that our city is an attractive place in which to live, work and do business- and raise ...

  10. Fast action urged to upgrade the workforce

    Posted Apr 27th 2005, 12:00am by Dennis Eng

    ... Dennis Eng A warning was issued to the government yesterday that it must act quickly to improve Hong Kong's labour force. The number of retirees is expected to increase by a third to more than 1 million by 2015, placing a burden on welfare and health-care spending, academics say. The ageing population, and steadily declining fertility rates, meant working couples would have ...




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