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China issues Tibetan development report
    Date:03-31-2009 Source:CCTV.com Author:    

 

The Beijing-based China Tibetology Research Center has released a report outlining Tibet's economic and social development over the past 50 years.

  
The Beijing-based China Tibetology Research Center has released a report outlining Tibet's economic and social development over the past 50 years.

The goal of the report is to provide a comprehensive list of the achievements in contemporary Tibet and serve as a reference for policy makers.

The 6-part report begins with a summary of Tibet's current economic situation.

In 2008, Tibet's GDP exceeded 39 billion yuan, compared to 174 million 50 years ago. Its per capita GDP in 2008 was estimated at over 13,800 yuan. Although still lower than the national average, it's a giant leap from 142 yuan in 1959.

In 2008, the value of Tibet's primary industries exceeded 6 billion yuan, accounting for just over 15 percent of its GDP. The added value of the manufacturing industry reached nearly 11.6 billion yuan, accounting for about 29 percent of the GDP.

 

The Beijing-based China Tibetology Research Center has released a report outlining Tibet's economic and social development over the past 50 years.

Industries such as IT, tourism, and services have become Tibet's pillar industries. In 2008, those added value industries in Tibet reached nearly 22 billion yuan, accounting for over 55.5 percent of the GDP.

In the less than 6 decades from Tibet's peaceful liberation in 1951 to 2008, the local Tibetan population increased from about 1 million to over 2.8 million. The average life expectancy in Tibet has also risen to 67 years, from 35.5 in old Tibet before 1959.

Before the democratic reform, education was monopolized by monasteries and more than 95 percent of Tibetans were illiterate.

Nowadays, illiteracy among adults under the age of 50 has fallen to below 2.4 percent.

As of the end of 2006, over 95 percent of Tibet's primary school students and 94 percent of the junior high school students had been offered bilingual courses in Tibetan and Chinese,

The total number of Tibet's education institutions reached 1,017 by the end of 2008. 6 of them are higher learning institutions.

 

The Beijing-based China Tibetology Research Center has released a report outlining Tibet's economic and social development over the past 50 years.

In 2008, the per capita disposable income of Tibetan farmers and herdsmen exceeded 3,100 yuan, which has increased 18 fold compared with the 1978 level. By the end of 2007, the number of people living below the poverty line had dropped below 70,000.

As for environmental protection, the report says the government and legislature are paying increasing attention to the sustainable development of Tibet. The central government has recently ratified the Tibet ecological security protection and construction plan for the period from 2008 to 2030. In the coming decades, a new screen will be set up to defend Tibet's eco-balance.

In line with Tibet's 11th Five-year plan from 2006 to 2010, the central government will invest over 77 billion yuan to build 180 projects in Tibet. These projects will help sustain the steady economic development in Tibet.

 

The Beijing-based China Tibetology Research Center has released a report outlining Tibet's economic and social development over the past 50 years.

 
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