Vietnam’s economic engine, Ho Chi Minh City, has the lowest fertility rate in the country of 1.53, according to the Ministry of Health’s latest report in June.
HCM City’s birth rate has remained low at 1.5 per woman in 2018.
VOV.VN - An aging population will seriously impact the socio-economic development and raise big issues on social welfare and labour, said Associate Professor Dr Luu Bich Ngoc, Director of the Institute for Population and Social Studies at the National Economics University.
For the first time in 50 years, Vietnam has shifted its population policy from ‘planned parenthood’ to ‘maintaining stable birth rates’.
Vietnam has made a number of achievements after 12 years of implementing the Population Ordinance including reducing the birth rate to 17.2 (per 1,000 people) from 19.9 in 1999, said a senior National Assembly official.