The Vietnamese Government is concerned over the gender ratio at birth in the country, Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan has said.

Deputy PM Nhan made this statement at the opening ceremony of the two-day workshop, “Gender imbalance at birth: solutions for the future”, which opened in Hanoi on Oct. 5 with the participation of delegates from 11 countries, territories and international organisations.

In 2010, the gender ratio at birth was 111 boys per 100 girls and is forecast to be up to 113 boys per 100 girls in 2015 and 115 boys per 100 girls in 2020 if the country has no effective measure to control it. The Deputy PM said it means there will be 2.3 -4.3 million less women than men in 2020 and many social problems will arise.

Nhan expressed hope that the seminar would tap into useful experience in how to adjust policies to develop families and build an effective health care and social welfare system to gain a normal gender balance ratio, which helps the country to develop safely and sustainably.

Deputy Head of the General Department for Population and Family Planning Nguyen Van Tan informed participants that the general department and the Health Ministry are completing a project on interventions to minimise gender imbalance at birth in the 2011-2020 period to submit it to the Government.

Participants will discuss experience in coping with the problem in Asia, especially the Republic of Korea. /.