Thursday, August 26, 2004

Measures to raise birth rate unveiled 

The Singapore government has unveiled its measures to raise the country’s birth rate (see "Singapore government dishes out S$300m pro-family package"). The package addresses the cost of bringing up children as well as helps parents with time and childcare options.

The Straits Times, though, today published a report by Joseph Chamie, director of the Population Division in the United Nations, that concluded that “current and foreseeable efforts available to most governments to raise their fertility rates seem highly unlikely to succeed, at least for the near term”.

Well, nobody thought it would be easy anyway.


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