PM Calls for Attention to Demographic Policy

Prime Minister Samdech Moha Borvor Thipadei Hun Manet has laid stress on the importance of demographic policy, underlining that Cambodia should not ignore the policy for 2050.

Speaking at a get-together with some 18,000 workers and employees from 18 factories and enterprises in Bati district, Takeo province this morning, Samdech Thipadei Hun Manet said in response to the demographic concern by 2050, Cambodia should pay high attention to the demographic policy from now on.

The Premier asked the Ministry of Planning to check the statistics whether or not the older population will be really high by 2050. If this is true, he continued, the ministry should consider the demographic balance.

“Do not wait until 2050 when the country is prosperous, then no one wants to have children because it costs more to raise them,” he said.

According to the UNFPA, the life expectancy at birth for male in Cambodia is 69 years old, while female is 74 years old, while fertility rate per woman is 2,3 percent. Besides, the population aged 10-24 is 26 percent, and 15-64 is 65 percent.