Mandatory Provident Fund

七月 5, 2011
Joe Chan

Mandatory Provident Fund (traditional Chinese: 強制性公積金), often abbreviated as MPF (強積金), is a compulsory saving scheme for the retirement of residents in Hong Kong. Most of employees and their employers are required to contribute monthly to Mandatory Provident Fund Schemes provided by approved private organizations, according to their salaries and the period of employment.

History of MPF

 

In traditional Chinese society, a retired person was supposed to be supported by his family and his savings. A large family formed a safety net. Life expectancy was comparatively low compared to today. As Hong Kong become a developed entity, life expectancy in the territory improved greatly and the birth rate dropped significantly. Large families were broken into core families. Hong Kong’s social security system will be unable to cope with the large number of elderly in the future. There were some calls to establish a central provident fund and heated debates between government, politicians and trade unions ensued in the early 1990s. In 1994, the World Bank published the report "Averting the Old-Age Crisis: Policies to Protect the Old and Promote Growth", in which a three-pillar approach to protection for the aged was put forward. The three pillars were: a publicly managed, tax-financed social safety net; a mandatory, privately managed, fully funded contribution scheme; and voluntary personal savings and insurance. The MPF System in Hong Kong was designed to form the second pillar of this approach for retirement protection.

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