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Tibet's GDP outpaces national average for 17 years
13:58, December 30, 2009  

Tibet has maintained a double-digit growth in terms of GDP for 17 straight years, outpacing the national average, according to the Fifth Aid-Tibet Work Conference.

The two-day conference, opened in Chengdu, capital of southwest China's Sichuan Province, on Monday, was designed to summarize the fifth round of aid-Tibet work, which began in 2007.

Addressing the conference, Zhang Qingli, secretary of the Tibet Autonomous Regional CPC Committee, said that the fifth round of aid-Tibet projects and investment equal half of the total of the first four rounds.

Tibet's GDP -- the value of goods and services produced -- is expected to top 40 billion yuan RMB (5.85 billion U.S. dollars) in 2009, an increase of 12.1 percent year on year.

The fifth round aid-Tibet plan involves 2,359 projects with a total investment of 5.85 billion yuan RMB (856 million dollars). To date, the undertaking of 2,224 projects have began at a combined cost of 5.31 billion yuan RMB (777 million dollars).

Of the figure, 2.41 billion yuan RMB (353 million dollars) has been spent on farming and pastoral areas to improve the living and production conditions there.

The comfortable housing project, launched in 2006, has benefited 230,000 households of 1.2 million rural residents, or 80 percent of the rural residents who used to have poor housing conditions.

The project has also made roads accessible to 800 villages, electricity to 682,900 people and safe drinking water to 1.22 million people.

The per-capita income of Tibetan farmers and herders is projected to reach 3,589 yuan RMB (525 dollars) this year, up 13 percent from 2008.

Source: Xinhuanet

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