Vietnam gov’t wants to increase fertility rate

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Vietnam kidsThe Vietnam government wants to encourage families to have at least two children, a change in the policy of saying that each couple should have “1 or 2 children”.

The reason is that the number of older people in Vietnam is increasing, with the aging speed of the population topping Asia’s and being among five top countries in the world.

“This could have severe consequences in the future,” says the chief of Vietnam’s General Department of Population, Dr Duong Quoc Trong.

Vietnam’s population in 2013 exceeded 90 million. According to Dr Trong, this figure marks the success of the work of population and family planning in Vietnam in recent years. In 1989, after the second population census, scientists predicted that Vietnam’s population in 2010 would reach approximately 105 million. Thus, Vietnam would have had 90 million people in 2002.

“According to the previous forecast, Vietnam would have had about 111 million people at present. It means that in the past 20 years, we avoided having an additional 21 million people. This is a really impressive number, which helps increase per capita GDP, reduce poverty and improve education and health care,” Dr Trong said.

But it also poses new challenges for Vietnam: The number and proportion of children is decreasing clearly. Previously, every two people had a child but now over four people have one child each.

“Without giving a warning to the society about fast population aging, we will miss the beat and will not see the importance of our early entering into the stage of population aging,” Dr Trong said.

“Therefore, we would like to send families the messages “Let’s have two children,” “having two children is the best, instead of each couple having 1 or 2 children” as before, he said.

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The Vietnam government wants to encourage families to have at least two children, a change in the policy of saying that each couple should have “1 or 2 children”.

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Vietnam kidsThe Vietnam government wants to encourage families to have at least two children, a change in the policy of saying that each couple should have “1 or 2 children”.

The reason is that the number of older people in Vietnam is increasing, with the aging speed of the population topping Asia’s and being among five top countries in the world.

“This could have severe consequences in the future,” says the chief of Vietnam’s General Department of Population, Dr Duong Quoc Trong.

Vietnam’s population in 2013 exceeded 90 million. According to Dr Trong, this figure marks the success of the work of population and family planning in Vietnam in recent years. In 1989, after the second population census, scientists predicted that Vietnam’s population in 2010 would reach approximately 105 million. Thus, Vietnam would have had 90 million people in 2002.

“According to the previous forecast, Vietnam would have had about 111 million people at present. It means that in the past 20 years, we avoided having an additional 21 million people. This is a really impressive number, which helps increase per capita GDP, reduce poverty and improve education and health care,” Dr Trong said.

But it also poses new challenges for Vietnam: The number and proportion of children is decreasing clearly. Previously, every two people had a child but now over four people have one child each.

“Without giving a warning to the society about fast population aging, we will miss the beat and will not see the importance of our early entering into the stage of population aging,” Dr Trong said.

“Therefore, we would like to send families the messages “Let’s have two children,” “having two children is the best, instead of each couple having 1 or 2 children” as before, he said.

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