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Introduction


The low birth rates in many countries inevitably lead to an aging population and shrinking labor force. The burden associated with an aging society and higher dependency ratio will continue to rise. To address the challenges, the governments around the world are looking into options to extend work life and compulsory retirement age, maintain an active economic life, reform the public pension programs, re-engineer job duties to make them friendlier to older workers, and provide vocational training programs to older workers.

Taiwan’s labor force participation rate for people of age 45 to 54 is more than 70%. But the ratio plummets to 55.7% for people of age 55 to 59. On the other hand, the labor force participation rates for this age group in other Asian countries (i.e. South Korea, Singapore and Japan) remain higher than 70%. The labor force participation rate for people of age 60 to 64 in Taiwan takes an even sharper dip to 36.4%, whereas the general rate in other countries stay above 55%. In conclusion, Taiwan’s labor force participation rate for older workers is lower than OECD countries.

The declining birth rate in Taiwan has grave implications for the balance of the labor force and the old age dependency ratio. The aging population leads to a shrinking labor force, making the re-integration of senior population into the labor workforce a necessity. Therefore, development and utilization of senior human resources are of paramount importance to the future well-being of the country.

A regulatory reform to facilitate senior employment has been an on-going process in recent years, as many public programs have been launched to encourage re-entry into the labor force. However, older workers still face barriers to entry into the labor market or other difficulties that impede successful integration. We need to review these challenges, learn from success stories in other countries, and apply new perspectives to systematic improvement. Taipei City, as the capital city of Taiwan, has the duty to serve as a benchmarking example for managing senior employment in an aging or even ultra-aging society. It is hoped that, as international and domestic experts and scholars come together in this event to discuss and brainstorm about these issues, proposals and solutions will be inspired and born out of these very valuable discussions to serve as important reference for policymakers on senior employment.

Program Agenda


Agenda Details


Time Agenda Speaker
08:30-09:00 Registration
09:00-09:20 Opening Ceremony

Dr. Ke Wen-Je, Mayor of Taipei City Government, Taiwan

Huang Chiu-Kuei, Director General of Workforce Development Agency, Ministry of Labor, Taiwan

09:20-09:30 Group photo op
09:30-09:50

Part1

Senior Employment : Challenges and Policies

Introduction Dr. Hsin Ping-Lung, Associate Professor, Graduate Institute of National Development, National Taiwan University, Taiwan
09:50-10:40

Keynote Speech

Senior Employment Policies in Western Europe

Fons Leroy, CEO of the VDAB, Belgium

10:40-11:00 Tea Break
11:00-11:50

Keynote Speech

Promoting Employment of Elderly People in Japan

Shinichi Akiyama, Deputy Assistant Minister for International Affairs, Minister’s Secretariat, Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, Japan

11:50-13:20 Lunch
13:20-13:40

Part1

Senior Employment : Challenges and Policies

Introduction

Dr. Hsin Ping-Lung, Associate Professor, Graduate Institute of National Development, National Taiwan University, Taiwan

13:40-14:30

Keynote Speech

Promotion of Senior Employment in Gyeonggi Province, Republic of Korea

Shin Nang Hyun, Director General, Health and Welfare Bureau, Gyeonggi Provincial Government, South Korea

14:30-15:20

Keynote Speech

Nagano’s Secret: How Does Nagano Achieve the Highest Senior Employment Rate in Japan?

Toshihiko Nagata, Director General of Employment and Work Support,

Nagano Prefectural Government, Japan
15:20-15:40

Keynote Speech

Employment Outlook for Senior Citizens in the Capital City

Lai Hsiang-Lin, Director of Department of Labor, Taipei City Government, Taiwan

15:40-16:10 Tea Break
16:10-17:10

Panel Discussion:

ModeratorDr. Hsin Ping-Lung, Associate Professor


Panelists
—    Shinichi Akiyama, Deputy Assistant Minister
—     Shin Nang Hyun, Director General,
—     Toshihiko Nagata, Director General

—      Lai Hsiang-Lin, Director

※The program agenda is subject to change without notice.

Time Agenda Speaker
08:30-09:00 Registration
09:00-09:10

Part2

Senior Employment: Implementation and Outlook

Introduction

Taipei City Senior Employment Consulting Group

Kuo Chen-Chang, Consultant/ Employment Social Worker
09:10-10:00

Keynote Speech

Encore Career for the 50+ Generation, Seoul's Achievements and Challenges

Kang Soo Young, Director, Encore Career Services Division, Seoul 50 Plus Foundation of Seoul Metropolitan Government

09:10-10:50

Keynote Speech

Senior Employment Promotion Policy and Practice in Singapore

Mr. Gilbert Tan, CEO of Employment and Employability Institute(e2i), Singapore

10:50-11:10 Tea Break
11:10-11:30

Part2

Senior Employment: Implementation and Outlook

Keynote Speech

The Current Status of Senior Employment in Taipei City

Yu Shu-Chen, Director of Taipei City Employment Service Office, Taiwan

11:30-12:00

Discussion and Q&A

Taipei City Senior Employment Consulting Group

Kuo Chen-Chang, Consultant/ Employment Social Worker
12:00-13:30 Lunch
13:30-13:40

Part3

Creating a Senior-Friendly Workplace
Introduction

Dr. Chang Chiu-Lan, Assistant Professor of Department Human Resource and Public Relations, College of Management, Da-Yeh University

13:40-14:30

Keynote Speech

銀髮人才中心的優勢―高齡就業與社區營造的可能性

Taro Muraki, Senior Managing Director of National Silver Human Resources Center Association, Japan

14:30-14:50

Keynote Speech

BULAO 125 - Our Story about Social Design and Realization for Senior Employment in Taichung
Chen Tzu-Ting, Store Manager of Bulao 125, Taiwan
14:50-15:10

Keynote Speech

Youth and Senior Citizens Working Together @ Mos Burger

Kao Shun Hsing, General Manager of An-Shin Food Services Co., Ltd., Taiwan

15:10-15:40

Discussion and Q&A

Dr. Chang Chiu-Lan, Assistant Professor of Department Human Resource and Public Relations, College of Management, Da-Yeh University, Taiwan

15:40-16:00 Tea Break
16:00-17:00

Panel Discussion:

Moderator: Dr. Chang Chiu-Lan, Assistant Professor


Participants:
—   Kang Soo Young, Director
—   Mr. Gilbert Tan, CEO
—   Taro Muraki, Senior Managing Director
—   Chen Tzu-Ting, Store Manager
—   Kao Shun Hsing, General Manager
—   Lai Hsiang-Lin, Director

—      Yu Shu-Chen, Director
17:00-17:30 Closing Ceremony

※The program agenda is subject to change without notice.

Keynote Speech


PART 1 Senior Employment in Asian Countries: Challenges and Policies

PART 2 Senior Employment: Implementation and Outlook

PART 3 Creating a Senior-Friendly Workplace

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