A joint Chinese/Dutch seminar on elderly care and aging was held in Guangzhou on October 28.
“China and the Netherlands, both facing rapidly aging populations, have cooperated in the field of public health and health care for quite some time,” said Matin van Rijn, the Dutch secretary of state of health, welfare and sports. “Our bilateral agreement on cooperation in the field of health care and public health was signed in 2013. One of the areas of cooperation is health care challenges posed by an aging population, which is also the focus of this mission.”
Disease prevention and elderly care were the primary focuses of discussion. The delegations from both countries exchanged their experiences in the field of elderly care and how to meet the market needs resulting from the rapid growth in both countries’ aging populations. Two other topics receiving considerable attention were the challenges China and the Netherlands face in the field of elderly care and the new business opportunities that are opening as a result of the expanding population of older citizens.
The seminar was sponsored by the Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Guangzhou. Government agencies, research institutions, members of academia and more than a dozen Dutch enterprises in the field of elderly care and vitality and mobility participated, along with Chinese government officials, academics and business delegations.
(By Frankie Zhang, Louis Berney)