Fertility Rate

China's one-child policy must be changed before it's too late

China's one-child policy must be changed before it's too late

Thanks to longer life expectancy and the one-child policy, for well over a decade China's fertility rate has remained below replacement levels.

Saturday, 23 March, 2013, 2:55am 2 comments

Hong Kong can lead East Asia in meeting ageing population challenge

Hong Kong should make a serious attempt to address the problem of ultra-low birth rates and rapidly ageing population. Photo: Sam Tsang

It is investment in human capital and systems, as well as in advanced machinery and processes, that has enabled Hong Kong to stay ahead. But it now seems in danger of failing to lead the mainland.

24 Feb 2013 - 1:50am 4 comments

Information is key to wise population policy vision

Fear of criticism is perhaps one reason why former Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen failed to formulate a population policy. Photo: Sam Tsang

Government inertia is never a good idea when it comes to population and planning. This has to be especially so for Hong Kong, where fertility rates are among the lowest in the world, society is ageing fast and the workforce is shrinking. But despite the necessity to have forward-looking policies in place to ensure smooth growth and development, our city has instead lacked resolve to deal with what would seem to be an on-rushing crisis. The decision by Singapore's leaders to tackle their similar challenges head-on is reason to spur the discussion that authorities have avoided.

8 Feb 2013 - 3:25am 2 comments

More immigration has not seen Singapore surpass Hong Kong

Singapore government introduced a lavish package of incentives to boost fertility rate. Photo: EPA

If you take your date out to the cinema "grooming is important", and don't try to entertain her with a running commentary on the movie. It's "not cool at all".

Those two nuggets of advice for would-be romantics were gleaned from a colourful booklet titled The Art of Dating, published by the Social Development Unit of the Singapore government.

1 Feb 2013 - 5:35am 14 comments

Singapore's bid to start baby boom

Singapore is going to need a baby boom to solve the problem of its ageing population. Photo: AFP

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong is cranking up a national debate on babies this month, with proposals to Parliament that would attempt to stem the country's slumping birth rate. Penelope Sim isn't listening.

28 Jan 2013 - 6:02am