Radio Taiwan International
Date: 15 August, 2019
By: Paula Chao
President Tsai Ing-wen says the government will offer young couples a stipend of NT$5,000 (US$166) for each newborn child they have. Tsai was speaking Thursday during a Family Day event held at the Presidential Office.
The stipend is part of the government’s plan to boost Taiwan’s dwindling birthrate. In a 2019 report by the World Population Review, Taiwan had the lowest birthrate of all 200 countries surveyed, at 1.218 babies per woman.
It’s Family Day at the presidential office. About 900 people, including 39 newborn are at the annual event. President Tsai Ing-wen greets the young guests and gives a cash-filled red envelope to each one aged under two years of age.
Vice President Chen Chien-jen and other government officials are also at the event. [FULL STORY]