Premier Mao re­veals gov­ern­ment to con­sider post­pon­ing re­tire­ment age

The China Post - - TAIWAN BUSINESS -

Premier Mao Chi-kuo di­rected the Min­istry of Health and Wel­fare Thurs­day to study whether to post­pone the re­tire­ment age as part of an ef­fort to cope with the chal­lenges of a rapidly gray­ing so­ci­ety.

In the seven years from 2018 to 2025, se­nior cit­i­zens as a per­cent­age of the coun­try pop­u­la­tion are ex­pected to in­crease from 14 per­cent to 20 per­cent, Mao said dur­ing a weekly Cab­i­net meet­ing, af­ter lis­ten­ing to a brief­ing by the min­istry on a plan to draft a white pa­per ti­tled “Plan­ning for an Ad­vanced-age So­ci­ety.”

Mao said the el­derly are of­ten seen as need­ing care, but peo­ple ig­nore the fact that they can at the same time play the role of con­sumers and pro­duc­ers.

The Min­istry of Health and Wel­fare should think about how to en­able se­nior cit­i­zens to con­tinue to re­al­ize their po­ten­tial and make their life more mean­ing­ful, he said.

Dur­ing a news con­fer­ence held af­ter the meet­ing, Health Min­is­ter Chi­ang Been-huang said the de­ci­sion whether to post­pone the re­tire­ment age is a com­plex is­sue be­cause it in­volves many ar­eas.

As peo­ple’s health sta­tus im­proves, many who are over 65 years of age re­main in good spir­its and can still work, Chi­ang said.

There needs to be a com­pre­hen­sive plan as to what age is the most suit­able for re­tire­ment, he added.

He said some peo­ple have pro­posed “grad­ual re­tire­ment,” in which se­nior cit­i­zens can shift to part-time jobs be­fore stop­ping to work com­pletely.

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