Ageing

More people above 60 by 2025

The panellists at the Speaker’s Debate last night discussed the option of increasing the retirement age to 60. The Fiji Council of Social Services Executive Director, Mr Neil Maharaj said that there would be more people over the age of 60 by 2025, and the Government should focus on taking better care of this sector of […]

Serelisoni Moceica

August 2, 2016 9:33 am

The panellists at the Speaker’s Debate last night discussed the option of increasing the retirement age to 60.

Panelists at the Speaker's Debate last night at GPH.
Panellists at the Speaker’s Debate last night at GPH. (Luke Nacei/Newswire).

The Fiji Council of Social Services Executive Director, Mr Neil Maharaj said that there would be more people over the age of 60 by 2025, and the Government should focus on taking better care of this sector of the population.

MAHARAJ: “According to research, Fiji will have an unprecedented ageing population from 2025 onwards, we will have older people than ever before…It is critical to increasing the retirement age  to 60 years to allow the population to take better care of themselves in the future.”

The Attorney-General, Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum was also part of the panel of speakers at the event and argued that the increase in retirement age would lessen the availability of jobs for the younger population.

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