11 July 2019
A ceremony to commemorate the World Population Day took place in Nay Pyi Taw on Thursday. Vice President U Myint Swe attended the ceremony, and gave a speech.
The world population today is estimated to be over 7.7 billion. It increases year by year and it is projected to be about 8.5 billion in the year 2030, which is equivalent to about 10% increase of the current population.
The Vice President pointed out that there are many countries experiencing challenges on the scarcity of skilled labour and with issues on the budget allocation for social protection as a consequence of decreasing population growth and increasing aging population.
He added that in developing countries, the amount of working age population is large as a consequence of high fertility rate in the past. This demographic dividend can enhance the economic development by harnessing it.
He continued that at the same time, some countries are experiencing an ageing population and with decreasing working age population. He added that these issues put pressures on implementation of policies for social protection.
In Myanmar, according to the 2015 census, the estimated current population in 2019 is 54 million and it is projected to be over 59 million in 2030. The Vice President stressed that it is the time for demographic dividend in Myanmar and it needs to prepare for an effective social protection system due to the emerging old age population growth in the future.
Myanmar, as a responsible member of the UN, has been annually commemorating the World Population Day since 1990 with an aim to raise awareness on the need to urgently address important population issues. This is the 30th time of observing the commemoration ceremony.
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