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I witnessed Tibet's amazing development pace: Nepalese official
11:11, February 21, 2010  

"I have witnessed Tibet's amazing development pace, and its balanced development of material and culture," Naindra Prasad Upadhaya, the Nepalese consul-general in Lhasa, said excitedly while recently talking about Tibet's changes over the past years.

Upadhaya took office in 2007 as Nepal's consul-general in Lhasa and he has been working in Lhasa for more than 2 years. "I came to Tibet in October 2007. Over the past 2 years, I have witnessed Tibet's amazing development pace. I have been deeply impressed by its development, and also feel very excited and encouraged about it," Upadhaya said during an interview.

Upadhaya is well aware of Tibet's economic and social development. He was invited to attend the Third Session of the Ninth Tibet Autonomous Regional Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) as an observer in early January 2010. He said that Tibet achieved a GDP growth rate of over 12 percent in 2009 and has maintained a double-digit growth for 17 consecutive years, which could not have been accomplished without strong support from China's Central Government in terms such as finance, policy, technology and personnel.

While Upadhaya was working in Tibet, he investigated many remote farming and pastoral areas. He said that the 1950s Tibet was completely different from the Tibet of today. In the past, the Tibetan people could rarely afford meat or chang, and most of them did not have private property. Now, even in the remote regions of Tibet, farmers and herders have bought tractors, televisions and even mobile phones. Many families have access to electricity and tap water, and live in low-cost houses that were built with the help of the government.

Upadhaya said that Tibet not only has rapid economic development, but has also paid much attention to cultural undertakings in recent years. He said he saw many temples in Tibet that had been properly restored. "The economy and culture are developing evenly in Tibet."

Upadhaya told reporters that since Tibet's economy and society are developing rapidly, more Nepalese have come to Tibet for commercial business. At present, there are over 300 Nepalese in Lhasa. Some of them trade carpets, some run restaurants or hotels, and some have handicraft businesses on Barkhor Street.

By People's Daily Online

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