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Deputy Minister Nguyen Trong Dam welcomed Deputy Assistant Minister of Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare of Japan

20/08/2013

On August 14, 2013, at the headquarters of the Ministry of Labour - Invalids and Social Affairs, Deputy Minister Nguyen Trong Dam had a meeting with Deputy Assistant of Minister of Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare of Japan about the status of population aging. Joining the meeting were representatives from the Department of Social Protection, Department of Employment, Department of Social Insurance, Department of International Cooperation, National Committee for the Elderly.



     Deputy Minister Nguyen Trong Dam welcomed the Deputy Assistant and the delegation for program arrangement to work with the Ministry of Labour - Invalids and Social Affairs,especially the two parties will share and discuss issues of globalization is real population aging which has affected the development of both countries. To exchange the information, Deputy Dam said Vietnam has entered a period of population aging at a faster rate than expected. Currently, this ratio is 10% of the total population, average life expectancy of Vietnamese is 73 years old. However, according to the calculations of experts, with such current rate, by 2050, the proportion of the aging population of Vietnam will be high as Japan at present is 30%.
 
     In the process of economic integration, Vietnam desired the path of economic and society development like Japan, but, with the starting point is an agricultural country, 70% of the population lives in rural areas, people's living standards are too low, Vietnam is facing many challenges in the face of population aging issues. According to Deputy Minister Nguyen Trong Dam, although the government has many policies to focus on implementing appropriate solutions, but in fact, to put the current policy into the life we have to cope with many difficulties. Vietnam lacks experience in implementing organization and building models for the activities related. Most elderly people are still at work and plays an important role in generating income for the family; since retirement age (male 60, female 55 years) to the year of 73 years (the life expectancy mean) health of the elderly decreased very rapidly and, according to statistics of the Ministry of Health, averagely each people to suffer 2.6 disease; besides, the system of basic social services in Vietnam is still weak especially the social insurance system, a part of population can not participating in the policy; network of health policy system is limited, the primary health care for the elderly has not been as expected.
 
     Deputy Assistant Minister of the Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare of Japan shared concerns about the situation of Vietnam's aging population. The access to social welfare and health are two important issues in Japan's concerns, therefore, they re-elected 01 Japanese employee of the Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare of Japan working at the Japanese Embassy in Vietnam to closely monitor and support the most appropriate direction for Vietnam.
  
     As expected, in December 2013, Japan will host the Annual Conference on Ageing, titled "the dynamic elderly". This year, Japan will send 06 invitations missions of Vietnam, including the leaders of the Ministry of Health.

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