Cambodia Launches National Ageing Policy 2017-2030

AKP Phnom Penh, January 18, 2018 –The National Ageing Policy 2017-2030 was launched here this morning at the Peace Palace under the presidency of Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen.

On the occasion, Samdech Techo Hun Sen expressed his appreciation for the national policy which will help solving issues of the elderly population arising from demographic changes.

At the same time, the premier agreed to be the Honorary President of the Foundation for the Elderly at the request of Minister of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation H.E. Vong Soth.

Approved by the cabinet ministers in August last year, the National Ageing Policy 2017-2030 identifies nine priorities related to the elderly people, including financial security, health and well-being, lifestyle, favourable environment, active ageing and associations of elderly people, inter-generation relations, abuse, indifference and violence, emergency situation, and ageing readiness.

Presently, Cambodia has over 1.2 million people aged 60 up – about 7 percent of the total population.

The Royal Government of Cambodia (RGC) has been establishing Older People’s Associations at the 1,646 communes/Sangkat across the country, while putting forward strategy on social welfare system development and National Ageing Policy.

The move with the establishment of the care centre proves another effort by the RGC to address issues faced by the senior citizens.

By Khan Sophirom