Vietnam’s Ageing Population and Socio-Economic Implications
VIETNAM STUDIES PROGRAMME WEBINAR
About the Webinar
Vietnam’s stellar economic growth, expected to be more than 6.5 per cent this year, has drawn much media attention. Yet, underneath this envious performance is the rapid demographic and social changes that generate long-term socio-economic implications. Although Vietnam is still experiencing the so-called “demographic dividend”, its population of almost 100 million is also ageing rapidly. According to a 2019 report by the Vietnam National Committee on Ageing, about one in five Vietnamese will be aged 60 and above by 2035, turning Vietnam into one of the only three ASEAN countries with the proportion of older persons in the population exceeding 20 per cent. This webinar will address the following key questions: What is Vietnam’s current population mix and how will it evolve? What are the advantageous aspects of this mix for Vietnam’s socio-economic development and what are the challenges on the horizon? How has the Vietnamese government responded to these challenges and what more should be done?
About the Speaker
Thanh-Long Giang is an Associate Professor at National Economics University in Hanoi. He is also a Senior Researcher at the Institute of Social and Medical Studies (ISMS), an Affiliate Research Fellow at the Oxford Institute of Population Ageing of the University of Oxford (UK), and an Affiliate Senior Researcher at Menzies Institute of Medical Research of the University of Tasmania (Australia). His research interests include ageing population, social protection and health financing. He has published widely, including in the Asian Economic Journal, Asia Pacific Economic Literature, Development and Change, and Social Science and Medicine. He used to serve as a member of the drafting team for Vietnam’s Social Protection Strategy 2011-2020 and the taskforce and research group on reforming Vietnam’s social assistance system and social insurance under the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA). He holds an MPP degree from Hitotsubashi University and a PhD degree in public policy from the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS), Japan.
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