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Tibet development forum: shared development to boost poverty alleviation


07-08-2016 15:43 BJT

Tibet has recorded a poverty-stricken population of nearly 590-thousand. The regional government wants to help get more than twenty percent get out of poverty by the end of the year. 

At the Tibet Development Forum, experts and scholars have shared their suggestions to hit the target. CCTV reporter Meng Qingsheng reports from Lhasa.

Tibet is widely known for its beautiful sceneries and unique biodiversity. However, this is also a place with harsh living conditions and underdeveloped production mode.

Mr Haruna is a Nigerian expert in political science. Regarding poverty, he argues that the benefits of development do not automatically benefit the poor segment of the society.

He said, "The country can get a lot of money but few individual can take away these money for their personal use. So it requires a government that has interest of the people, and try to ensure that development can take place and people enjoy comfortable life. "

"Poverty alleviation has always been challenging in Tibet. Most of the poor are farmers and herders, who account for more than 80 percent of the population. And they are now scattered across the region's 74 counties," said Meng.

It remains a difficult task to lift all those counties out of poverty within a short period of time. Mr Haruna suggested a joint effort by government, along with the private sector, to improve Tibetan people’s livelihood.

"Not many people know about Tibet..they don’t know it potentialities…and opportunities," Mr Haruna said.

As part of the poverty alleviation efforts, Tibet plans to focus policy on social welfare, job creation and relocation packages.

The regional government says, with these measures in place, poverty will be eradicated by 2020.

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