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Jakarta Post

Health minister opens population conference in Bali

  • Ivany Atina Arbi

    The Jakarta Post

Kuta   /   Tue, September 18, 2018   /   02:57 pm
Health minister opens population conference in Bali Health talks: Health Minister Nila Moeloek attends a hearing at the House of Representatives in Jakarta on March 20. (Antara/Wahyu Putro A.)

Health Minister Nila Farid Moeloek officially opened on Tuesday morning the inter-ministerial conference on the South-South and Triangular Cooperation (SSTC), which is taking place in Bali from Sept. 18 to 20.

The meeting, attended by at least 250 officials from 36 member states, is expected to address population and development challenges in developing countries, also known as countries of the Global South.

Minister Nila particularly highlighted that developing countries were seeing an increase in their young and productive population as a result of high fertility rates. “In Indonesia, the proportion of young population is estimated to reach its peak in 2030.”

Therefore, Nila further said, preparation and management in dealing with these situations were necessary.

The conference will cover, among other things, the issue of the demographic bonus —discussing how to leverage the demographic dividend — low fertility rates and the aging population, as well as sexual and reproductive health. (ahw)