Technicians check power-generating equipment in the Zhikong Hydropower Statioin by the Lhasa River, which flows through the Lhasa city. (Xinhua Photo)
The Tibet Autonomous Region's gross domestic product (GDP), a major measurement of its economy, nearly doubled from 2006 to 2010, according to an executive meeting of the Regional Government on Sunday.
Tibet's GDP -- the value of goods and services produced -- reached 44.1 billion yuan in 2009, 180 percent the figure for 2005, with an annual average growth rate of 12.4 percent.
The local fiscal revenue was three billion yuan in 2009, a 150 percent increase over 2005, increasing 25.8 percent annually on average; the total retail sales of consumer goods topped 1.57 billion yuan, up 110 percent over 2005, with an average annual growth rate of 21 percent.
The region's investment in fixed assets totaled 119.3 billion yuan in the first four years of the 11th Five-Year Plan period (2006-2010), with an annual growth rate of 17.9 percent.
The Qinghai-Tibet Railway was built, and Tibet completed construction of the Nyingchi Airport and more highways during the period with the expansion of its power and water supplies.
More than 1.8 million farmers and herders, 81.1 percent of the total, now have access to safe water supplies and 1.49 million people, 67.1 percent of the total, had access to electricity.
The annual net per-capita income of farmers and herders rose to 3,589 yuan during the period, increasing 14.6 percent annually on average.
During the period the Regional Government solved the housing problem for more than 80 percent of farmers and herders and improved mail and phone services in rural areas. The number of poor people with an annual per-capita income below 1,300 yuan fell to 203,000, 170,000 fewer than 2005.
Meanwhile, Tibet's education sector also developed rapidly, with the school enrollment rate of high middle schools and universities reaching 56.5 percent and 22.4 percent, respectively. The average per-capita length of schooling in the region rose to 6.7 years, 2.7 years longer than in 2005.
Moreover, the per-capita average life expectancy hit 67 years in the region, 2.3 years longer than in 2000, with the free medical care system covering all rural and pastoral areas. Source: Xinhuanet