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ASEAN-UK workshop on ageing populations held in Hanoi
Wednesday,  8/29/2018, 14:41 

ASEAN-UK workshop on ageing populations held in Hanoi

The Saigon Times Daily

Some attendees pose for photos after the workshop - PHOTO: COURTESY OF THE ORGANIZER

HCMC - The ASEAN-UK workshop on “Cost-effective solutions and assistive technologies for low-income ageing populations” was jointly organized by the University of Greenwich, Le Quy Don Technical University, and the Asian Technology Institute in Hanoi last week.

The workshop gathered about 60 attendees including lecturers and researchers with many institutions from the UK, Italy, Canada, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, India and Sri Lanka, and representatives of the British Council in Vietnam and the National Technology Innovation Foundation.

The workshop took place in the context of population ageing becoming one of the most important issues and topics on the global agenda due to its great impact on quality of life and sustainable economic development of countries and regions.

The United Nations predicts the rate of population ageing in the 21st century will exceed that of the previous century, and senior and geriatric population will reach 2.1 billion by 2050. By 2040, the greying of the population could shrink the number of working-age adults by between 10% and 15% in ASEAN. Vietnam’s senior citizens aged 65 and older are predicted to increase by 20% in the next 18 years.

Presentations and discussions at the workshop aimed at addressing the core issues and challenges of ageing populations faced by developing countries, including Vietnam, and ways to create positive impacts on the lives of low-income ageing populations via research and development collaboration between the UK and ASEAN.

The focus was on cost-effective solutions and assistive technologies, which can directly benefit the low-income ageing populations in the ASEAN region.

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